NADLER WANTS SENATE SEAT

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Caroline? Carolyn? (Maloney, that is.) How about Jerry? Rep. Jerrold Nadler announced in an interview last week that he wants Secretary of State designate Hillary Clinton’s soon-to-be vacated Senate seat. During an interview on Democracy Now, Nadler told host Amy Goodman he is “certainly” interested in becoming New York’s junior senator and expressed this to Gov. David Paterson, who will choose Clinton’s successor. As Rep. Carolyn Maloney and Caroline Kennedy have waged public “non-campaigns” for the seat, Nadler said such tactics are detrimental.

“Other candidates have not been doing it,” Nadler said in the interview. “I have not been doing a public campaign.”

Nadler has climbed the ranks of the House Democrats, and was recently elected by his party colleagues to chair the caucus’ steering and policy committee’s New York region. His district, based in the Upper West Side, covers Lower Manhattan and extends into Brooklyn, including Coney Island.

Nadler’s office was closed and did not return calls for comment by press time.

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