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Bloomie To Paterson: Pick Someone! Anyone!

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is getting tired of the Caroline Chronicles and is urging Gov. David Paterson to pick Hillary Clinton's successor ASAP to stop the media feeding frenzy.

Liz Benjamin of the DN's Daily Politics reports on a miffed mayor, saying he won't endorse Kennedy -- or any of those Sarah Palin comparisons:

"I’m not endorsing Caroline Kennedy," Bloomberg said. "I’ve said again and again that the governor is lucky to have multiple candidates who are qualified to pick from. But in the case of Caroline Kennedy, I happen to have worked with her. She has worked in the New York City school system. She is intelligent, competent, knows as much about the issues, I think, as most people that run for senator or have been our senators in the past."

"...The fact that she comes from a family with an illustrious history of service to this country, you certainly shouldn’t hold it against her," the mayor continued. "She is known because of it. She has conducted her life, I think, in an exemplary manner. She should be judged, however, on her ability, and I think on that basis Caroline Kennedy will do just fine."

"That doesn’t mean she’s the only one. It’s up to the governor, and I think the governor should make a decision reasonably quickly because this is just getting out of control and everybody’s focusing on the wrong things."

"Forget about Sarah Palin; she's not the issue here."

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