Chelsea Clinton Being ‘Groomed’ For Congress, Reports Say

No, the Clinton dynasty isn't dead just yet.

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When Hillary Clinton lost her bid for the Presidency, there was discussion that this was the end of the Clinton political dynasty just as Jeb Bush’s loss in the Republican primary this year was the alleged end of the Bush political dynasty. Well, just as Jeb’s loss clearly isn’t the end of Bush’s loss wasn’t the end of the Bush family in politics given the fact that Jeb’s son, George P. Bush is currently serving as Commissioner of the Texas Land Office and has plans for seeking higher office in the future, the next generation of Clintons is reported being groomed for office as well:

While some pundits are declaring the Clinton political dynasty dead, sources tell us that it is far from over. Chelsea Clinton is being groomed for the New York seat held by Rep. Nita Lowey.

Chelsea could run for the seat in NYC’s 17th Congressional District once Lowey, a respected, 79-year-old career politician with nearly 30 years in office, decides to retire, we have exclusively learned.

Lowey’s district includes parts of Rockland and Westchester counties and, conveniently, Chappaqua, the Clinton family home base.

In August, Hillary and Bill Clinton purchased a home next door to their primary residence in Chappaqua for $1.16 million, which is intended for Chelsea, her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, and their two children, Charlotte and Aidan.

While Chelsea currently lives, and is registered to vote, in Manhattan, she could easily make Chappaqua her legal residence in order to run for Lowey’s seat when it becomes vacant.

A source told us, “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.”

The source continued, “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.”

Prior to the 2016 campaign, Chelsea Clinton had stayed largely out of the political spotlight. Even during the 2008 campaign for the Democratic nomination, she played a minimal role in a race that her mother would ultimately lose to Barack Obama. This time around, though, she was a primary surrogate for her mother along with her father and President and Mrs. Obama. Unlike in the past, she also seemed to be more comfortable as a public speaker at campaign events than she had in the past. Finally, if she ran as a Democrat in the district in question she’d no doubt run unopposed and would win easily. I suppose the only question is whether she wants to follow in her parents’ footsteps and enter the world of electoral politics. So no, for better or worse, and I think largely for worse, the Clinton dynasty might not be dead just yet, which isn’t healthy for American politics if you believe, as I do, that we need a wider range of voices in politics than the same families we’ve been dealing with for decades.

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Doug Mataconis
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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. wr says:

    She’s being “groomed?” Like a dog? Because a grown woman can’t actually make a decision like this on her own?

    Funny that the Post doesn’t say that Donald Jr. is being “groomed” for interior secretary. Because Donald Jr. has a penis, and thus he has agency.

  2. rachel says:

    This is silly. If she has the temperament and qualifications as well as a desire to run, why should her family name disqualify her?

  3. @wr:

    Give me a break. This is a common word that is used in politics to describe someone who is outside politics who is being prepared for running for office. It’s been used in reference to all sorts of candidates and potential candidates, male and female, black and white, Republican and Democratic.

    Not everything is a sexist insult.

  4. @rachel:

    If she wants to run then nobody is stopping her from running when the time comes, whether its in 2018 or the future. That doesn’t mean that one can’t comment on the idea of the same families being handed political power year after year.

  5. Ben Eaton says:

    @wr: So many typos for a professional writer. It’s really BROOMED since the airhead is another liberal WITCH.

  6. bandit says:

    Groomed??? Like a dog???

    She’s like her Mom without the charm

    The foundation needs somebody to bribe though

  7. bandit says:

    @rachel: Maybe because she’s a loser like Mom??

  8. Gustopher says:

    If we can survive Trump in the White House, then we can survive Chelsea Clinton in congress. It does make me throw up in my mouth a little.

    I am tired of Clintons.

    I do doubt your claim that “if she ran as a Democrat in the district in question she’d no doubt run unopposed and would win easily.” There are lots of politicians who think they belong in congress, and an open seat doesn’t come up that often.

  9. Stormy Dragon says:


    open seat doesn’t come up that often

    There will be a bunch in four years when reapportionment occurs.

  10. Gustopher says:

    @Stormy Dragon: NY has lost seats the last few times, hasn’t it?

    Anyway, I don’t think that a whole lot of ambitious people are all going to put their ambitions on hold so a neophyte with a name can waltz in unopposed. Chelsea Clinton will have the advantage of name recognition, and automatically be one of the major candidates, but she will face real opposition in the primary.

  11. Jenos The Deplorable says:

    This is inevitable. The Clinton family’s fortune depends on selling influence, and Mom and Dad are tapped out. Someone’s gotta step up to keep the family business going.

    Plus, it’s not like she has any substantial career to keep her from public office. She had a couple of do-nothing jobs on Wall Street, and NBC overpaid her for doing nothing as long as they could.

  12. JKB says:

    I predicted this months ago. If Hillary lost, we’d see a quick turn to Chelsea. Chelsea has no choice, the Clinton Foundation is predicated on selling influence and now Hillary is out and unlikely to regain national office.

    If the investigations, and now tenuous position of Clinton cronies, put the Clinton Foundation in doubt, Chelsea’s political aspirations will disappear.

  13. bandit says:

    @Jenos The Deplorable: Why would I bribe someone who can’t do anything for me?

  14. Jenos The Deplorable says:

    @bandit: Precisely. That’s why they’ve got to get Chelsea in a position where she has some influence to sell.

  15. Just 'nutha ig'rant cracker says:

    @bandit: @Jenos The Deplorable: No serious person believes that either of you have the wherewithall to bribe anyone for any reason or under any circumstance.

    That having been dispensed with, I will note that I wish her well should she decide to take that path and encourage her to learn from her parents’ mistakes. I will now redon my CDS tinfoil hat and be thankful that I don’t live in NY state.

  16. Jenos The Deplorable says:

    @Just ‘nutha ig’rant cracker: Is there anything vaguely resembling a point to that comment, or is it just a personal attack because you can’t come up with anything else?

  17. michael reynolds says:

    @Jenos The Deplorable:

    Bill and Hillary have a combined net worth of 111 million dollars.

    And you figure their millionaire daughter who can snap her fingers and get a great job anywhere, is thinking of running for money.


    A) You really, really, really don’t know anything about money.
    B) You are so morally bankrupt you literally cannot conceive of anyone doing anything for any but a venal motive.

  18. wr says:

    @Jenos The Deplorable: ” The Clinton family’s fortune depends on selling influence,”

    Just as Jenos’ fortune depends on selling Slurpees!

  19. wr says:

    @Doug Mataconis: Right. Never going to find sexist attitudes in the New York Post. It would be like discovering that sticking one’s hand down a woman’s shirt is not just guys being guys but sexual assault. If we can’t all be Don Draper, at least we can make sure the women live like his secretaries!

  20. Jenos The Deplorable says:

    @michael reynolds: Bill and Hillary have a combined net worth of 111 million dollars.

    Which they accumulated since 2000, when they were “dead broke,” and Hillary spent the next 12 years on the public payroll. To quote Eric Trump, “The question I always ask is, what product were they selling? If we make a buck, we sold a bottle of wine or an apartment, or we sold a hotel room. What product were they selling to make $150 million?”

    And you figure their millionaire daughter who can snap her fingers and get a great job anywhere, is thinking of running for money.

    The source of that wealth has dried up more than… well, never mind. And the Clintons are used to getting a lot of stuff on the arm, in exchange for “considerations” that they can’t promise any more.

    She would be running for a job that pays $174K a year. Hillary was a Senator for 8 years, for the same pay, so she collected $1.4 million (roughly). Then four years at $186K a year, for another $750K (roughly). So that’s $2.1 million for 12 years. (I rounded up for the first ones, so I’ll round down for the total.)

    What were they selling for those years that was worth nine figures? And from some of the most sexist, homophobic, antisemitic, and just plain evil and repressive regimes on earth?

    We know the answer. You just won’t admit it.

    A) You really, really, really don’t know anything about money.

    On a personal, practical level, no shit. But on a theoretical (for me), macro scale, I can put two and two together.

    B) You are so morally bankrupt you literally cannot conceive of anyone doing anything for any but a venal motive.

    When it’s a Clinton and it’s as thoroughly documented as it is in this case, you’re the one who’s blind. Willfully, woefully, blind.

    And shouldn’t you be packing for Hobbitland?

  21. Paludicola says:

    Like, with a perm and highlights or something?

  22. Just 'nutha ig'rant cracker says:

    @Jenos The Deplorable: It just seems to me that the people who do the most complaining about the Clintons and bribery seem more jealous than concerned about corruption.


  23. Jenos The Deplorable says:

    @Just ‘nutha ig’rant cracker: No, that’s just the lame excuse you use so you can maintain your denial. Kind of like how feminists say that all women who claim to have been sexually harassed or assaulted are to believed — unless they’re accusing Bill Clinton.

    It’s a politically convenient blind spot.

  24. rachel says:

    @Doug Mataconis: Sure you can comment on it, just as I can comment that your opinion is silly.

    Do you really expect me to agree that a (possibly) capable person of means should sit back on her ass solely because her parents attained high offices in the past? Do you want all wealthy families deciding that public service is a waste of time better spent growing their wealth and buying politicians when they want something done for them? That would be the easier for them, but I think our country could potentially lose something valuable if everybody followed your opinion on this.

  25. Jenos The Deplorable says:

    @Just ‘nutha ig’rant cracker: But it is nice of you to acknowledge the bribery as a fact. That’s a lot more than most here will do.

  26. An Interested Party says:

    She’s like her Mom without the charm

    Wait a minute, I thought people like you claimed that Hillary had no charm? It’s so confusing getting all the insults in order…

    I am tired of Clintons.

    Perhaps, in twenty years time, she will run for the presidency against George P. Bush…

  27. Slugger says:

    I am shocked! Relatives of politicians almost never get involved in politics in America.
    In 1968, I heard a knock on the door of my apartment, and Edward Mezvinski (Chelsea’s father-in-law) was standing there. He was running for Congress and going door to door campaigning for votes. The fact that someone cared made me vote for him. He served two terms in Congress and later went to jail. I wonder how many times Trump held rallies in MI, OH, and PA compared to Hillz. A graph of physical presence and votes might answer a lot of election questions.

  28. sglover says:

    @michael reynolds:

    Bill and Hillary have a combined net worth of 111 million dollars.

    Yeah…. So how about this compromise proposal? Bill & Hill can buy an island for their darling daughter, and she can play congresswoman, First Citizen, Wizard Princess — whatever she wants!

    Just so long as it’s far away from these shores. If the island features a large, non-dormant volcano, that’ll be even better. Family barbecues are great!

  29. Kukielka says:

    @wr: “groomed” is the perfect description