"I have no personnel announcements to make, and I have seen no reporting that sources supposed personnel decisions to anyone on the record from the White House to the administration," Carney said. "So I think I'll leave it at that."
Kennedy would be the latest in a long line of high-profile ambassadors to the nation. Former Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield (D-Mont.) and former Vice President Walter Mondale (D) have both served in the post, as did former Speaker Tom Foley (D-Wash.).
Kennedy was a major fundraiser for President Obama's 2012 reelection effort, and was among the first high-profile Democrats to endorse him during the 2008 Democratic presidential primaries. Last year, Kennedy stumped for Obama in New Hampshire, considered a pivotal swing state at the time.