The Clinton family appears undeterred in its quest to remain a political dynasty.
According to the New York Post, Chelsea Clinton, daughter of Bill and Hillary, is “being groomed” to take over New York’s 17th Congressional District seat currently occupied by Democratic Rep. Nita Lowey. Lowey, in the midst of serving her 14th term in Congress, has yet to say that she is retiring, but, at 79 years of age, it is a safe bet that a decision to do just that is not likely too many years away.
Here is what the Post’s unnamed source had to say to them about the likelihood of Chelsea formally entering politics:
“While it is true the Clintons need some time to regroup after Hillary’s crushing loss, they will not give up. Chelsea would be the next extension of the Clinton brand. In the past few years, she has taken a very visible role in the Clinton Foundation and on the campaign trail. While politics isn’t the life Hillary wanted for Chelsea, she chose to go on the campaign trail for her mother and has turned out to be very poised, articulate and comfortable with the visibility.
“There has been a lot of speculation within New York Democratic circles about Lowey’s retirement and Chelsea running for the seat. There is a belief that Chappaqua is a logical place for Chelsea to run, because it would be straightforward for her to raise money and build a powerful base.”
Chappaqua has, of course, been the principal residence of Bill and Hillary for years now. The pair purchased another home in August right next to the one they already own, earmarked for Chelsea and her family. While Chelsea and husband Marc Mezvinsky presently live in Manhattan with their children, a move to Chappaqua, as the Post’s source intimates, would provide her with what amounts to a ready-made foundation of financial and political support on which to begin a campaign for public office.
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large