Should a US Senator vote in Election? Caroline Kennedy, the woman who wants to replace Hillary Clinton as Junior Senator from New York (instead of me) has a aversion to voting according to a NY Daily News report:
Caroline Kennedy wants to be the next senator from New York, but her voting record is already spotty, The Daily News has found.
City Board of Elections records show Kennedy failed to vote in many elections since she last registered in the city in 1988 – including votes for the Senate seat she hopes to fill, and numerous Democratic face-offs for mayor.
“It doesn’t speak to a deep-felt commitment to the electoral process,” Baruch College political scientist Doug Muzzio said when told of Kennedy’s ballot breakdowns.
Records show Kennedy never pulled the lever for any of her fellow Democrats in city primary races for mayor in 1989, 1993 and 1997 and 2005, when Republicans won three out of four.
She was also AWOL for the primary and general elections in 1994, when Sen. Patrick Moynihan was running for re-election to the seat Kennedy hopes to hold…..
….Aides Thursday said that prior to 1988, she was registered in Massachusetts while a student at Harvard University. She later switched her voting address to her mother’s old apartment on 5th Ave., but apparently fell off the rolls completely sometime in the 1980s.
When she went re-register in 1988 at her new Park Ave. home, she filled in, “1984?, when asked the year she was last registered.
Is voting important? If Caroline Kennedy doesn’t think that its important enough to get over to her polling place and vote..how do we trust her to take the silver spoon out of her mouth and fight for the little guy as a US Senator?
Most of the time, she voted, aides said. A review by The News found that of the 38 contested elections since 1988, Kennedy skipped about half, almost all of them primaries.
“Caroline Kennedy recognizes just how important it is to vote and has a very strong record of going to the polls,” spokesman Stefan Friedman said. “She has not voted on a handful of occasions over the last two decades.”
Actually, the Daily News Report showed, Ms. Kennedy voted about half the time.