Caroline Kennedy Bowing Out in New York?

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NEW YORK CITY- According to the "New York Post," Caroline Kennedy has withdrawn from consideration for the U.S. Senate Seat vacated by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. However, spokespeople for both Kennedy and New York Gov. David Paterson -- who will make the Senate appointment -- could not confirm the report to CBS News.

NBC News' David Gregory reported that Kennedy has not in fact withdrawn and that there may have been a miscommunication.

Kennedy, who began to entertain the idea early last month, then threw her hat into the ring and informally campaigned in New York, cited "personal reasons" for her withdrawal, according to the Post.

The Post reported that Kennedy withdrew "after learning that Gov. David Paterson wasn't going to choose her" and cited sources who said that Paterson soured on her due to her "poor performances in media interviews and in in [sic] private sessions with various officials."

The New York Times, in contrast, says that the Kennedy's reported decision is linked to concerns about the health of her uncle, Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts.

Sen. Kennedy was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor last May, underwent surgery and returned to the Senate in November.

He suffered a seizure during inauguration festivities yesterday and was admitted to the hospital. Doctors later said that the seizure was brought on by stress. He left the hospital today.

Caroline Kennedy's reported reversal comes just days before Paterson is expected to announce his pick for the seat.

Others contenders for the seat include New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, the son of former Gov. Mario Cuomo, Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi of Long Island, and Reps. Carolyn Maloney, Steve Israel, Jerrold Nadler, Kirsten Gillibrand and Brian Higgins.

Another, albeit somewhat less likely, scenario is that Paterson could appoint a "caretaker" to the seat -- an experienced politician such as former President Bill Clinton, who has no intention of running to retain the seat.

Whoever is appointed will serve until 2010, when New York will hold a special election for the seat. The seat will be up for election again in 2012 -- the end of the six-year term Hillary Clinton won in 2006.