ALBANY—Comptroller Tom DiNapoli sad Caroline Kennedy would be "certainly capable of immediately filling Senator Clinton's shoes" if she were appointed to the seat by David Paterson.
The governor confirmed that Kennedy, daughter of the late president, called to talk about the seat. DiNapoli also said that "any time a Kennedy is on a list, they're always at the top of the list, there's no doubt about that."
(A new poll — based largely on name recognition, and technically meaningless — shows her as a leading choice among voters to replace Clinton, along with Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.)
DiNapoli also had nothing but warm words for one of his fellow Long Islanders, Representative Pete King, who said that he may run for the seat in 2010. But DiNapoli believed that the Democratic candidate – whoever it was – would prevail. King told the Associated Press that running against Kennedy would be a "challenge."
Here's a video of DiNapoli's comments, which came after a speech about reducing the budget.