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Don't appoint Caroline "just because"

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By LaShawnda Jones

Is giving away a Senate seat really better than selling one?

I don’t think so. Though, intrigued by the idea of Caroline Kennedy becoming a New York senator, I don’t believe such a political position should be handed to someone just because ... just because she’s interested. Just because she knows people who can put her in the position. Just because it’s something to do ...

If Caroline is serious about becoming senator of New York, then she should run for the office in the next election. She should get some votes to back her up. She needs to build public trust as a representative, not as a philanthropic socialite from a political dynasty.

Sliding in from a completely civilian role into such a huge representative governmental role is not the way to build my trust as a voter.How is throwing her name about any better than Gov. Rod Blagojevich seeking payment for the vacated Illinois senate seat? Both are wrong: Selling a seat for personal gain and giving it away for party prestige. Neither discussion sounds as if the public is a consideration, nor as if filling the vacated positions in a seamless, non-disruptive manner is a priority. Someone should be appointed, in both cases, who has already been voted into public office and is familiar with the internal workings of government.

That’s my opinion, feel free to share yours.

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