ALBANY, N.Y. (WPIX) -- So why did Caroline Kennedy suddenly lose interest in Hillary Clinton's senate seat? We may never know, but on Wednesday Governor David Paterson shed new light on the mess surrounding Kennedy's withdrawal shortly after she pulled out. According to Paterson, it was a campaign staffer who he says leaked rumors to the press.
Paterson, who suffered a big political blow for the way he handled filling that seat, insists he had nothing to do with the leaks. He says the unnamed consultant fed reporters unsubstantiated claims that Kennedy faced possible tax, nanny and marital problems and "wasn't ready for prime time." That dirt was released just hours after Kennedy abruptly withdrew from Paterson's secretive selection process. The process included a questionnaire asking contenders to list tax, employee and other personal information.
Paterson also admitted mismanagement on his part of the Senate appointment.
The governor ultimately put an end to the drama on January 23, when he appointed upstate New York congresswoman, Kirsten Gillibrand to fill Clinton's seat. In the days surrounding that appointment Paterson's popularity dropped in the polls, and legislators began to criticize him.
There's now talk about Paterson's future in politics, and rumors that he might not run for re-election in 2010. However, Errol Cockfield, a spokesman for Mr. Paterson denies that claim.
"The governor has made it clear repeatedly that he intends to run in 2010," said Cockfield.