Chelsea Clinton says she would consider running for office

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 17 April, 2014, 9:30pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 17 April, 2014, 9:30pm


Chelsea Clinton has revealed she would consider running for office if she becomes dissatisfied with the job her elected representatives are doing.

But so far, she's happy with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, her representatives in Congress and her city councilwoman.

The 34-year-old daughter of former US president Bill Clinton and former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton is quoted in Fast Company magazine.

She acknowledged that she's always denied any interest in politics. But she said that was "a visceral 'No'," and she hadn't made any considered decision.

[Chelsea] has the Clinton name, she has the chops and she’s really smart and savvy

Clinton said she felt now that if she became unhappy with some officeholder, she might come to a different answer. "I live in a city and a state and a country where I support my elected representatives," Clinton was quoted as saying.

"If, at some point, that weren't the case, and I didn't support my mayor or my city councilwoman or my congresswoman or either of my senators - and I'm lucky to live in a state where I have lots of women representing me, you know - maybe then I'd have to ask and answer the question for myself and come to a different answer."

Her mother has been giving paid speeches to industry organisations and Democratic Party groups around the country.

She has revealed she's considering a presidential bid and is already widely seen as the Democrat favourite for the next White House race in 2016. Chelsea is working for her father's foundation and is living in Manhattan with husband, Marc Mezvinsky, an investment banker.

In 2011, she made her debut as a reporter on national television on NBC.

The high-profile job has prompted speculation that Clinton may wish to follow her parents into politics.

But some criticised how she got the job without ever having worked in journalism.

Amie Parnes, co-author of the book HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton, predicted that the younger Clinton would run for Congress in New York in 10 years.

"She has the Clinton name, she has the chops and she's really smart and savvy. Nothing will hold her back," Parnes told Fast Company.