Well, this is pretty interesting:
Talk of the Sound has learned that Chelsea Clinton may run for Congress next year.
Clinton has been approached by “the right people” in the New York Democratic Party, according to one source in Albany. While no decision has been made, Clinton is said to be “actively considering” a Congressional run from New York State in 2012.
Chelsea Clinton, 31, is the only child of former U.S. President Bill Clinton and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
The discussions of running Chelsea Clinton for a house seat grew out of the redistricting plans currently underway in the New York State legislature in Albany.
The plan is to identify an open seat for Clinton in or around New York City where she currently resides with her husband, Marc Mezvinsky. While no specific district has been determined, New York City and Westchester are said to be the focus with New York’s 18th District considered a strong possibility. The 18th encompasses much of Westchester County, just south of where her parents have maintained a home for the past 12 years.
I have no doubt at all that if Chelsea Clinton — a former hedge-fund manager who currently works as a for Avenue Capital Group and serves on the Board of Directors for Barry Diller’s InterActive Corp wants to be a congresswoman that she’ll run in the 18th district thanks to the ever-Clinton-accommodating Rep. Nita Lowey.
Some may recall that Nita Lowey was seriously considering making a run for Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s seat in the U.S. Senate in 2000, when Hillary decided she wanted to be a Senator. Lowey stepped aside for The Rodham, and many considered that the Clintons would be in her debt for the favor. Now, it appears Lowey, who is only in her early 70′s — as spring chicken by congressional standards — will apparently be “retiring” just in time for Chelsea Clinton’s political aspirations to bloom. Someday, her ship will come in.
If Ms. Clinton is indeed considering a political run, I wonder if she will copy her mother’s first campaign strategy of saying little and wandering about on a “listening tour.” No doubt the press will be fine with that, but one does wonder if Clinton will finally break her “I don’t talk to press” rule, which she enforced so strictly in 2008 that even a 9 year old journalist couldn’t charm her for an exclusive.
I think it’s interesting that Chelsea Clinton (who seems a lovely person, on the whole) is a hedge-fund/corporate media sort. We’re being told that these are “evil” things — money management and corporations and media mogul-dom — but it does seem that carrying a D after one’s name acts as a talisman to ward off the “evil” energies, so that all things are good. I wonder if the Occupy Wall Street will give her a pass. I expect the answer will be “yes.”
But I don’t mean to suggest that Chelsea Clinton will have it easy. I’m sure someone will make an unkind joke about her at some point, and undoubtedly, someone will suggest she has had a very padded life — one that perhaps will keep her from understanding what ordinary, middle-class people are going through, these days.
But being a Presidential Daughter, or any politician’s kid, is no easy thing; I’m sure spending her formative years in the White House was not terribly pleasant — the constant surveillance, the nasty jokes, the hate directed toward one’s parents, the press reporting on your escapades, (but only if they really want to; Albert Gore, Jr was certainly afforded some discretion).
I don’t envy any kid growing up like that.
As presidential children go, of course, it was the Bush twins, Jenna and Barbara, (a schoolteacher/author and non-profit global health concern founder, respectively) who were considered to be vapid blights upon the landscape.
Politics is a filthy game, but Chelsea Clinton seems perfectly poised for this political run. Aside from her family cache and connections, she is deeply ensconced in both the global finance and communications industries — precisely where all the power lies.
Well, good luck to her, says I, not that she’ll need luck. If she runs in the NY-18, she will undoubtedly have a cakewalk.
When any child of politicians, who has seen it all, seems determined to go into politics, it’s worth wondering whether they are completely sane or if they are truly self-disinterested altruists out to help their fellow humans (albeit in a very different manner than, say, the Bush twins).
But while gauging their sanity or altruism, I think their appetite for power should be gauged, as well.
UPDATE: Rep. Nita Lowey’s office says it’s not true!
Lowey spokesman Matthew Dennis told our Alison Gendar, “Congresswoman Lowey is 100% running for re-election in 2012. She is not retiring.”
One Democratic operative similarly told Gendar when asked about the Lowey/Clinton item, “News to me. They love Nita in Westchester.”
That’s true, they do. And they’ll love Chelsea, just as fully, and so quickly it will make your head spin.