I Want To Be A Kennedy. I Want To Say “Ich Bin Ein Kennedy”
If she were applying to be, say, an undersecretary of education in Barack Obama’s new administration, Caroline Kennedy would have to fill out a 63-item confidential questionnaire disclosing potentially embarrassing text messages and diary entries, the immigration status of her household staff, even copies of every résumé she used in the last 10 years.
If she were running for election to the Senate, Kennedy would have to file a 10-part, publicly available report disclosing her financial assets, credit card debts, mortgages, book deals and the sources of any payments greater than $5,000 in the last three years.
Kennedy refused to reply to questions about companies with which she is involved, and even whether she’s ever been charged with a crime. Sitting senators must file disclosure statements by May 15 each year, and Kennedy says she’ll won’t reveal information unless and until she becomes a senator.
“If this were an open primary, and all the people seeking that position had to run, she’d have to make all those disclosures, so why not in the appointment process?” said Bob Edgar, president of Common Cause, a watchdog group that lobbies for tighter ethics rules. “She can’t simply ride in on her name recognition or place in history. The voters and people of New York deserve that full disclosure.”
Kennedy has thus far answered 11 questions from reporters and granted no interviews. Her staff issued answers in writing to questions about her position in key issues, often evading direct responses.Click here for reuse options!
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