By: Clayton Barlow
Democratic Party leaders in New York are talking about having Chelsea Clinton run for Congress.
Seriously. No, really.
“Top officials in the Westchester County Democratic Party were pitching Chelsea Clinton Wednesday on launching a 2020 bid for Nita Lowey’s seat in light of the longtime congresswoman’s retirement announcement, according to a party source familiar with the matter,” the New York Daily News is reporting.
The source, “who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss closed-door deliberations, cautioned that Clinton hasn’t personally expressed interest, but said local party leaders were reaching out to her within hours of Lowey, 82, announcing she won’t run for reelection next year. “If you’re a Clinton and you need a hook, this is a good one,” the source told the Daily News.
Lowey’s 17th congressional district includes Chappaqua, the famous Westchester suburb in which Bill and Hillary Clinton reside.
Lowey’s retirement announcement “set off a wave of speculation about other potential contenders, including Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, as well as a state assemblyman, David Buchwald,” according to the New York Times. “Last year, when asked if she envisioned running for elected office, Chelsea Clinton told The Journal News, which covers the Hudson Valley, that “if someone were to step down or retire,” she would “have to think if it’s the right choice for me.”
Chelsea Clinton did not mention any particular office, the Times continued, “although she is clearly familiar with Ms. Lowey’s district: Her parents’ house in Chappaqua, N.Y., is in the district. Ms. Clinton herself does not live in Westchester, but congressional candidates are not required to live in the district they represent.”
In an interview with The Journal News/lohud.com last year, Chelsea said she would consider a political run under certain circumstances.
“I think if someone were to step down or retire and I thought I could do a good job and it matched my talents, I’d have to think if it’s the right choice for me,” she said.
“While she didn’t have any immediate plans to run for office, she told the paper, it was something she thought about,” the web site reported. “If you care about what’s happening in the world, you have to care about running for and holding elected office,” she said. “I hope it’s a question that we ask ourselves.”
“She can do whatever she wants. She’s an adult,” Lowey was quoted as saying in an interview with The Journal News/lohud last November. “When I decide to retire, I am sure the list will be very long (of people interested in the seat).”