Hey guys, let's pick Mrs. Statistical tie in one of the top 5 bluest states!
Let's hope Paterson isn't a stupid idiot.
If he picks Kennedy, which will be a big surprise to me, I'll be 150% certain that he was strong-armed not because he's stupid.
Besides, Paterson must note that the biggest challengers (Dem and Rep) will be drawn to the seat that the challengers can smell the most blood around. It might not inherently be a bad idea for Paterson to appoint someone that doesn't reek of invulnerability.
I think on the publicly available facts though, Caroline is one of the worst people he could pick. Yarr, anyway, I mean, Paterson doesn't exist in the same public world as you and me.