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Velázquez Is Frontrunner To Replace Hillary

by on November 19, 2008

Joe Illuzzi claims that sources have informed him that Rep. Nydia Velazquez wis indeed the frontrunner to replace Hillary if she leaves the Senate to be secretary of state.

Representative Nydia M. Velázquez, whose district spans parts of Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens; who is the first Puerto Rican woman to serve in the House of Representatives, according to sources, is the front runner should Clinton get Secretary of State.

Our sources in the know say: Velázquez is qualified; she will be the trump card to get the “gang of four”, three at this point, to go along with Malcolm Smith as Majority Leader. The only question mark would be Senator Ruben Diaz whose dissent is predicated on moral issues, e.g. his opposition to Gay marriage & abortion. Good for him! ###

I still remain highly skeptical that Hillary will accept the job if it is actually offered.

UPDATE: The Politico reports that, contrary to the Guardian‘s earlier claim, Hillary not only has not yot been offered the job of secretary of state, but is not even sure she would accept the post if it were offered.

Hillary Rodham Clinton isn’t certain she would accept the Secretary of State post even if Barack Obama offers it to her, several people close to the former first lady say.

Press reports that portray Clinton as willing to accept the job – once the Obama transition team vets Bill Clinton’s philanthropic and business ventures – are inaccurate, one Clinton insider told Politico.

“A lot of the speculation and reporting is out ahead of the facts here,” said the person, who requested anonymity. “She is still weighing this, independent of President Clinton’s work.”

This really strengthens by belief that she won’t take it. If that happens, I can’t help wonder who leaked the false claim to the Guardian, and what was their motive. It could have been started by someone in the Clinton inner circle with tho intention of arousing displeasure amongst former Clinton supporters, or it could have been someone in Obama’s circle, leaking the false story to a foreign media outlet as a trial balloon and assess public reaction at home and abroad.

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