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Questions Focus on Caroline Kennedy’s Qualifications

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(Danville, California)

Here we go again. A prominent woman is up for a job and, all of a sudden, comes under attack about whether she is qualified. In recent months it happened to Sarah Palin, and now it’s happening to Caroline Kennedy.

Just what are the qualifications? According to the Constitution, to serve as President or Vice-president, you must be at least thirty-five years old, a native-born U.S. citizen, and have lived in the U.S. for fourteen years. For the Senate, you must be at least thirty years of age, reside in the state you represent, and have been a U.S. Citizen for nine years. Therefore, Palin was qualified for the Vice-presidency, and Kennedy is qualified for the Senate. Whether they are competent is another matter. The only way to know whether they are really competent would be to assess past performance, or to give them the job and see what happens. Call it the gamble of democracy. Or, as Forrest Gump would say, “You never know what you’re going to get!”

New York’s Democratic Governor, David Paterson, will choose the replacement for Hillary Clinton. "She (Kennedy) told me she was interested in the position," Paterson told the Associated Press. "It's not a campaign. She'd like at some point to sit down."

New York's senior Senator, Charles Schumer, said he has also talked to Caroline Kennedy about the job. "And she's clearly interested," he told AP.

But after an initial wave of the excitement that always accompanies the Kennedy name, concerns arose. Caroline Kennedy, while very active for civic causes and charities, has never held elective office. Her appointment would be for only two years, and she’d stand for reelection in 2010. At that point the term of outgoing Senator Hillary Clinton would extend only two more years, so if Kennedy wanted to stay on, she’d have to run again in 2012. That’s a lot of campaigning in a big state.

Democratic New York Congressman Gary Ackerman is among those raising doubts. He told Time Magazine he didn't know of any qualifications that Kennedy has, "except that she has name recognition — but so does J. Lo."

That’s a very funny line from Ackerman, who is perenially one of the funniest people in Congress. But his point rings true to many, especially to some Republicans who may challenge Kennedy, or to any other Democrat who seeks the seat.

"As far as record of achievement, I strongly believe that I'm much more qualified, much more experienced, and have an independent record," said Rep. Peter King (R-NY). "Nothing against Caroline Kennedy, but I don't think anyone has a right to a seat."

Governor Paterson plans to meet with Caroline Kennedy and the other finalists soon. Barring an Illinois-style scandal, we should know pretty soon who will get the U.S. Senate seat from New York.

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Nationwide Tour to Collect Care Packages for Troops Serving Overseas this Holiday Season

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Sacramento, CA – Move America Forward, the nation’s largest pro-troop grassroots organization, is conducting a nationwide tour to support sending care packages to the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“With Americans focused on the economic problems facing our country, we have to ensure that our troops in harm’s way are not forgotten during the Christmas and Hanukkah holiday season,” said Melanie Morgan, Chairman of Move America Forward.

To show the nation’s gratitude and support for our troops, singer/songwriter Diana Nagy (who will perform her hit song “Where Freedom Flies” and other Patriotic/Christmas music at each stop) will be on the tour encouraging people to send care packages from December 13 – December 19. Diana sings across the nation supporting our troops from coast to coast. Her nationally acclaimed patriotic smash hit "Where Freedom Flies" has earned awards of gratitude and appreciation from General Petraeus and other Generals who thank her for the inspiration of the song. Her CD "The Journey Of Life" will be in the care packages sent out to the troops. "They've got our backs there, we want to make sure they know we've got their backs here" says Diana Nagy. www.DianaNagy.com

Also, traveling on the tour is Gold Star Mom Debbie Lee, - whose son Marc Alan Lee was the first Navy S.E.A.L. killed in Iraq. Lee said, “I remember his feelings of pride for serving our country, but also the loneliness troops endure during the holiday season. Instead of celebrating Christmas and Hanukkah with their families, many military men and women will be spending the holidays this year protecting our freedom in far off lands.”

Last year, Move America Forward toured the country during the holiday season to collect holiday cards for the troops with the goal of sending 100,000 holiday cards. They collected more than double that amount and hope Americans will show the same support this year by purchasing care packages in which sponsors can write individual notes to show their support. Packages include gourmet Artisan Coffee and Cornerstone Coffee, Oreo Cookies and Jelly Belly jelly beans made famous by President Ronald Reagan, music by Diana Nagy and other artists.

For those who are not on the tour route, care packages can be purchased online and individual notes can still be included. Orders can be placed by going to the website: www.MoveAmericaForward.com and clicking on the “Coffee and Cookies for our Troops” icon.

TOUR ROUTE

Sacramento, CA on 12/13

Las Vegas, NV on 12/14

Phoenix, AZ on 12/14

El Paso, TX on 12/15

San Antonio, TX on 12/16

Austin, TX on 12/16

Houston, TX on 12/17

Baton Rouge, LA on 12/18

Mobile, AL on 12/18

Tallahassee, FL on 12/19

Jacksonville, FL on 12/19

“During this emotional and busy time of year, we can’t forget about our troops who are still fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. Even though the economic news has focused Americans on the home front, we cannot forget that hundreds of thousands of the finest Americans are in combat zones while we’re around the tree with friends and loved ones,” concludes MAF Chairman, Melanie Morgan.

To schedule an interview with Debbie Lee or Diana Nagy, please contact Kristen Schremp at Kristen@kaspublicity.com or 703.928.5527

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