Chelsea Clinton For Congress?

A local paper in New Rochelle, New York reports that Chelsea Clinton is reportedly mulling a bid for Congress:

Talk of the Sound has learned that Chelsea Clinton may run for Congress next year.

Clinton has been approached by “the right people” in the New York Democratic Party, according to one source in Albany. While no decision has been made, Clinton is said to be “actively considering” a Congressional run from New York State in 2012.

Chelsea Clinton, 31, is the only child of former U.S. President Bill Clinton and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The discussions of running Chelsea Clinton for a house seat grew out of the redistricting plans currently underway in the New York State legislature in Albany.

The plan is to identify an open seat for Clinton in or around New York City where she currently resides with her husband, Marc Mezvinsky. While no specific district has been determined, New York City and Westchester are said to be the focus with New York’s 18th District considered a strong possibility. The 18th encompasses much of Westchester County, just south of where her parents have maintained a home for the past 12 years.

Bill and Hillary Clinton have owned a home in New York’s 19th Congressional District since 1999. The 19th is a swing district that went for Republican Nan Hayworth in 2010. The 18th District on the other hand is solidly Democratic. Barack Obama won the district in 2008 by 62% to 38%, John Kerry won in 2004 by 58% to 42%. Al Gore won the district 58% to 39%.

One senior Democrat, a former elected official in New York, told Talk of the Sound that Democrats involved in the discussions are excited, seeing Chelsea Clinton as an “automatic win” for the Democrats in 2012.

As the only daughter of the most famous political couple in a long, long time, it was perhaps inevitable that she would be approached.

H/T: Instanpundit

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  1. James Joyner says:

    Pretty much nothing guarantees success is American politics more than being related to famous politicians.

  2. michael reynolds says:

    She’s 31? Jesus, I’m old.

  3. Michael,

    Umm, yea I had that same thought

  4. michael reynolds says:

    I’m not good at math, but apparently you and I are both about 90. Feels like it, most days.

  5. Mark says:

    She seems to have cherished her privacy in such a stark contrast to her parents that I’d be surprised if this actually happens.

  6. superdestroyer says:

    Chelsea Clinton refuses to give media interviews or even talk to media one-on-one. What makes anyone believe that she is qualified to be in Congress. How man long term residents of New York who have work much harder to succeed in politics will be passed over for a “name” candiddate.

    This is just another sign of the coming one party state when the children to current leadership is elected to office.

  7. Moosebreath says:

    “This is just another sign of the coming one party state when the children to current leadership is elected to office. ”

    Unfortunately, this is nothing new in American politics. It even goes back to the early days of the country (e.g., JQ Adams). I think the longest running dynasty in American politics is the Tafts, who have been active at the highest level of Ohio and national politcs since the Grant Administration (when the father of President Taft served in the Cabinet).

  8. WR says:

    @superdestroyer: Except it’s not a sign of anything, except that some idiot “reporter” from some small town paper figured out he could get national attention by claiming that some people he won’t name are saying that other people he won’t name want her to run. Which she’s denied, by the way.