Responding to rumors that Caroline Kennedy lost the N.Y. Senate seat due to problems with her taxes and in her marriage, as well as a potential "nannygate" scandal . . .
"Kennedy spokesman Stefan Friedman would not detail her reasons for withdrawing, but complained: "This kind of mudslinging demeans that process and all those involved.""
Actually, this is the process - - candidates for public office are required to submit their personal finances and private life to public scrutiny, in order to determine potential conflicts of interest and their susceptibility to blackmail. If anything, she was treated with kid gloves (and still couldn't make it).