Kennedy Drops Bid for 'Personal Reasons'

Ad Feedback - WASHINGTON - Caroline Kennedy is not opening up about her decision to drop her bid for Hillary Clinton's Senate seat. But there are reports it had nothing to do with her uncle Ted Kennedy's health.

Calling It Quits

The usually shy Kennedy said she tossed her hat in the political ring because she had to.

"This is a time when nobody can afford to sit out," she said.

But now JFK's only daughter says she's getting out for "personal reasons."

But many assume she dropped out because of the chilly reception she received from so many New Yorkers, politicians and media-members.

She was mocked for first dodging the press, then not doing all that well when she did meet with them.

Sense of Entitlement?

Some criticized her for assuming she deserved the Senate seat just because she's a Kennedy. Others blasted her amateur status and lack of experience, calling her New York's Sarah Palin.

Indeed, she had much less political experience than the Alaska governor.

"It does put this race back where it probably should have been in the first place, though, and that is among politicians who have won at least one office, elected by some group of New Yorkers," said Baruch College professor David Birdsell.

"Graceful way to get out the door before it gets slammed on you," Democratic strategist Hank Sheinkopf. "The other side of this: she was a meteor in New York State politics, burned out quickly, but may be back."

Apparently Governor Paterson offered Kennedy the Senate seat. But now that she's out, Paterson still says he'll name someone to fill it soon.

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