Chelsea Clinton Stokes Speculation About Her Foray into Politics

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Chelsea Clinton has stoked speculation in Democratic circles about her foray into politics.

Chelsea fueled this speculation recently on Twitter when she railed against Rep. Steve King for his comments on immigrant babies.

“Clearly the Congressman does not view all our children as, well, all our children. Particularly ironic and painful on Purim,” she wrote on Twitter Sunday, in reference to the Jewish holiday:

She has gone after President Trump and those in his circles since Inauguration Day, and Democrats have speculated she might run for office because of the way she has been criticizing the Trump administration, the Hill reported.

“She’s never denied that she has an interest in running for office, and that leads me to believe that one day she will,” one former aide to Hillary Clinton said. “And she’d probably be successful.”

The rumors about Chelsea’s entrance into politics in Democratic circles have been circulating since Hillary Clinton lost to President Donald Trump.

The New York Post reported in November that Chelsea was being “groomed” to run for 79-year-old Rep. Nita Lowey’s (D-NY) House seat. The New York Daily News reported in February that Democratic insiders are speculating that she would run against Caroline Kennedy for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s (D-NY) seat should Gillibrand resign to make a White House run in 2020.

However, others say it is too soon for Chelsea to run for office after the Democrats’ loss to Trump.

“Even if it’s a year or two or three from now, I still don’t think the timing would be right,” said one former aide who worked on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign and has spoken to the Clintons since. “I know that’s not fair to her, but nothing feels right about it. It feels too forced.”

Sources close to Chelsea say the run is not happening and that her posts on Twitter are merely reactions to an administration with whom she disagrees.

“She is not running,” said Bari Lurie, who serves as Chelsea’s chief of staff.

Chelsea already has a full schedule despite not running for office. She currently serves as the vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, where she works several times a week. She also serves as an adjunct professor at Columbia University, where she teaches a class on global health governance.


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