CAROLINE KENNEDY ENDS SENATE SEAT BID - New York Post Caroline Kennedy has told Gov. David Paterson that she is withdrawing her name from consideration to replace outgoing Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in the U.S. Senate, The Post has learned. Kennedy cited "personal reasons," according to sources. Her stunning move comes as sources revealed that Paterson had intended to appoint her to the now-vacant seat today. The 51-year-old Camelot daughter's decision removes the highest-profile name in the ring to step into Clinton's seat, as she departs after getting confirmed as President Obama's Secretary of State today. The surprise decision leaves a crowded field of about 15 people, mostly elected officials, vying to replace Clinton - including Long Island Rep. Steve Israel, Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi, upstate Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Carolyn Maloney. For the first time on Tuesday, shortly after Obama was inaugurated, Paterson acknowledged publicly that he is considering state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo for the slot. Cuomo has not publicly said whether he's interested in the job, but has not tamped down speculation that he's making a play for it. THIS IS A BREAKING STORY. PLEASE REFRESH FOR UPDATES.