Appropriations Committee Chair to Retire, Part II

The Story:

Last week, Nita Lowey announced she would not run for re-election next year. This puts in play the seat in the US House of Representatives for the 18th district in New York. Within hours of that announcement, New York Democratic Party politicos were discussing the relative merits of several potential candidates for that seat, including at least one quite famous name, Chelsea Clinton.

Background:

Chelsea Clinton, who lived in the White House as the daughter (and only child) of President Bill Clinton (1993-2001), worked as a special correspondent for NBC News from 2011 to 2014, during the period when her mother, Hillary Rodham Clinton, was Secretary of State.

Clinton is married to investment banker Marc Mezvinsky. The couple live in New York City (the Flatiron District of Manhattan).

There are other important potential candidates for the Lowey seat: perhaps most formidably, Mondaire Jones, a former staffer in the Obama administration, who would be the first openly gay black man in Congress if elected.

The Thing to Know:

Although the 18th is a Democratic district, it is not a “slam dunk” for a Democratic candidate. It is a suburban district with a fair amount of conservative and moderate sentiment, and with the incumbent retiring, there will surely be Republican interest as well.

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