Caroline Kennedy Withdraws to ‘Put Family First’

By Jennifer Parker

Jan 22, 2009 2:30pm

A source insists that the "private matter" that caused Caroline Kennedy to withdraw from Senate consideration is NOT related to her uncle, Sen. Ted Kennedy’s health.

It is a "very private family matter" that came to light this week, after Sunday, a source tells me.

Caroline felt that New York Gov. Paterson was prepared to offer her the Senate seat, but this family matter made it clear to her that she had to "be at home, instead of in the Senate."

Caroline called the Governor late yesterday afternoon to withdraw. He asked her to reconsider. After more thought last night, she decided to "put family first."

–George Stephanopoulos

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