Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton is being prepped to run for Congress, The New York Post reported Thursday night, when Rep. Nita Lowey’s seat becomes vacant.
A source told the Post, “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.”
Lowey, who has served in the House since 1988 and is 79 years old, represents Rockland and Westchester counties, which includes Chappaqua, where Bill and Hillary Clinton currently reside.
Although Chelsea, her husband Marc Mezvinsky, and their two children Charlotte and Aidan live in Manhattan, last August, Clinton’s parents bought a residence next to their own Chappaqua home for $1.16 million, which according to The Post, is for Chelsea and her family.
Rumors of Chelsea, who grew up in Arkansas and later went to the White House with her parents as a pre-teen, running in Lowey’s seat surfaced in 2011, New Rochelle Talk reported five years ago.
At the time New York Democratic operatives were shopping for a district for Clinton to run in and Lowey’s district came on the radar, but Lowey had no plans to retire before the 2012 election cycle.
Additionally, in 1999, Lowey had already stepped aside for Hillary to run in 2000 the New York Senate seat that was being vacated by longtime Democratic Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a seat that Lowey had long been prepped by New York Democrats to run in prior Bill and Hillary’s arrival in New York.