New York Gov. David Paterson says a campaign staffer leaked unsubstantiated claims to the press that Caroline Kennedy "wasn't ready for prime time" and faced possible tax, nanny and marital problems.
The Democratic governor blamed the mess on a consultant but didn't name the staffer. He says he'll keep the consultant on his campaign payroll.
Paterson has insisted he had nothing to do with the leaks. The dirt was fed to reporters by a person close to Paterson under condition of anonymity.
The claims surfaced just after Kennedy abruptly withdrew from Paterson's secretive selection process to fill Hillary Rodham Clinton's New York Senate seat.