Chelsea Clinton Just Firmly Addressed The Rumor That She'll Run For Office

by Morgan Brinlee
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When both of your parents are high-profile politicians, you're bound to get asked if a career in politics is in your future at least once. And for one former first daughter, the speculation and chatter over a potential election bid has been seemingly endless. But the daughter of Bill and Hillary Clinton wants you — and one Twitter user in particular — to know she's not planning a run for pubic office any time soon. In a polite, but no less firm, tweet posted Thursday, Chelsea Clinton denied running for office to a man who claimed her tweets were proof she was looking to organize a political campaign.

"Good morning Evan! Watching my kids on the monitor this morning and the snow come down outside," Clinton wrote Thursday in a tweet responding to Republican strategist and political commentator Evan Siegfried. "Sometimes, gratitude is...gratitude. Happy New Year!"

Clinton's tweet was a response to Siegfried's claim that a tweet she'd posted earlier in the day — in which she thanked New York City's sanitation, subway, fire, and police departments for keeping residents safe during the bomb cyclone — was evidence that she was planning to run for public office. "She's running," Siegfried wrote in a tweet retweeting Clinton.

Unsurprisingly, this isn't the first time Clinton has moved to put down rumors she was eyeing a political run. "Hi, I'm Chelsea Clinton, and one thing you may not know about me is I am not running for public office. I mean, I just... no," the daughter of one former president and one presidential candidate said in a recorded interview Variety posted in March. And when that failed to squash the speculation, Clinton continued to deny, deny, deny.

"I clearly don't agree with our president, but I'm definitely not the right person to run to defeat him in 2020," Clinton said in an interview with CBS's Norah O'Donnell back in April. But while Clinton was quick to nix the idea of jumping head first into politics with a 2020 bid for president, she did leave the door open for a potential run in the future. "Right now, the answer is no, but I think we all need to be asking ourselves that question periodically," the former first daughter said.

Speculation that Clinton was considering running for public office began early last year after the former first daughter began using her Twitter to actively speak out against the Trump administration as well as a few Republican legislators. According to political blog The Hill, there were rumors Clinton might seek to replace New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in the Senate come 2020 should Gillibrand launch a presidential campaign.

In her interview with Variety, Clinton said she was "constantly surprised" by stories that claim she's planning to run for office. "I really find this all rather hysterical, because I've been asked this question a lot throughout my life, and the answer has never changed," Clinton said. The former first daughter, who now works with the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative, went on to say that while she felt it was important for young people like her to consider running for public office, that question should be followed by additional questions like, "do you have a vision of what you would do with this job?" and "do you think you'd do a better job than whomever else is there now?"

"I don't think I'm the best person for that job," Clinton told Variety in regards to defeating President Donald Trump in 2020. As for seeking elected office at the local or state level, Clinton said she loved and supported her current local and state officials and was therefore not considering running. "If someone steps down or something changes, I'll then ask and answer those questions at that time," Clinton said. "But right now, no, I am not running for public office."

Disclosure: Chelsea Clinton's husband Marc Mezvinsky joined Social Capital, an investor in Bustle Digital Group, in mid 2017 and joined the Board of Bustle Digital Group in early 2018.