In recent years, speculations swirled across the media that Chelsea Clinton might be considering a more serious career in politics. Now, there’s a chance that the rumors might come true.
How we got here: In 2016, Page Six reported that Chelsea Clinton is being “groomed” for the seat of Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) and that she might launch a bid as soon as the congresswoman retires, citing an unnamed source.
“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,” said the source.
The announcement: On Thursday, Lowey, the first woman to lead the House Appropriations Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, announced her retirement.
“After 31 years in the United States Congress, representing the people of Westchester, Rockland, Queens and the Bronx, I have decided not to seek re-election in 2020, ”wrote the 82-year-old congresswoman. “It is my deep honor and privilege to serve my community and my country, and I will always be grateful to the people who have entrusted me to represent them. I am proud of the help my office has provided to thousands of constituents on matters ranging from health insurance and veterans’ benefits to Social Security and student loans.”
Read her full statement here.
The Democratic Party in Westchester County has reportedly suggested Clinton as a possible candidate for Lowey’s seat. A New York Daily News‘ source said that local leaders have started contacting her about the position, but that she still hasn’t expressed interest.
“If you’re a Clinton and you need a hook, this is a good one,” the source said.
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