Thursday, January 20, 2005


Will Rogers said, "I'm not a member of any organized political party, I'm a Democrat!" The New York State Democratic party has had its share of problems in the last 10 years. But, next year's attorney general's race could present a whole new dysfunctional dynamic.

[NYP: Jan 18]: Environmental activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr., son of the assassinated Robert F. Kennedy, has told friends he may run for New York attorney general next year, sources said last night. This could put Kennedy, 51, on a collision course with his estranged brother-in-law, former federal Housing Secretary Andrew Cuomo, who also is expected to seek the job. Cuomo, son of former Gov. Mario Cuomo, is getting a divorce from Kennedy's sister, Kerry Kennedy. He failed to get the Democratic nomination for governor in 2002.

What is the cause of this family feud? What happened to the marriage of one great political family to an ambitious family that hoped to create a new dynasty? The best-laid Cuomo plans just might go up in smoke.

[NYP: Jan 19]: They say it's not personal, but it is.

New York politics is looking positively Shakespearean now that Robert Kennedy Jr. is eyeing a run for attorney general against Andrew Cuomo — the man whose very public, bitter split from Kennedy's sister pitted two of the most powerful families in American politics against each other. Family insiders say Kennedy, son of the assassinated New York senator by the same name, has never gotten over Cuomo's public contention that his sister, Kerry Kennedy Cuomo, "betrayed" him by engaging in a steamy affair with polo-playing cad Bruce Colley.

And the sources contend that Cuomo, son of former Gov. Mario Cuomo, has never forgiven Kennedy for failing to respond to his pleas to intervene with Kerry in hopes that Robert could prevent her from seeing Colley before the break-up.

Jan 18- New York Post: RFK JR. EYES RUN FOR SPITZER'S JOB By Fredric U. Dicker
Jan 19- New York Post: POLS' BLOOD FEUD By Fredric U. Dicker


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