Aide: 2016 was last campaign for Hillary Clinton

2016 was Clinton's last campaign, longtime aide says

Those rumors that Hillary Clinton might run for mayor of New York City? Don’t believe it, one longtime Clinton confidante said Sunday -- 2016 was Clinton’s last campaign ever.

“I don’t expect her to ever run for any elected office again,” Neera Tanden, the head of the think tank the Center for American Progress and a former top Clinton aide, told CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Tanden was asked about the New York City mayor possibility after the New York Post editorial board ran a piece encouraging her to challenge incumbent Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio, who will be up for reelection this fall. “New York City needs Hillary Clinton to run for mayor,” the editorial board wrote.

It’s not just the Post, either: New York Times columnist Frank Bruni wrote a column imagining the clashes between a mayor Clinton and President Trump in New York City.

“The potholes near his properties go unfilled. Those neighborhoods are the last to be plowed. There’s a problem with the flow of water to his Bronx golf course, whose greens are suddenly brown,” he wrote. “And the Russian Consulate keeps experiencing power failures.”

Tanden said Clinton, who has kept a low profile since Election Day, won’t recede entirely from public life -- but that she’ll likely focus on her work for children and families, rather than pure politics.

“I think she’s going to figure out ways to help kids and families,” she said. “That’s been what she’s been focused on her whole life, and a lot of issues that are affecting them, over the next couple of years.”

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2016 was Hillary Clinton's last campaign, longtime confidante says

Those rumors that Hillary Clinton might run for mayor of New York City? Don’t believe it, one longtime Clinton confidante said Sunday -- 2016 was Clinton’s last campaign ever.

“I don’t expect her to ever run for any elected office again,” Neera Tanden, the head of the think tank the Center for American Progress and a former top Clinton aide, told CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Tanden was asked about the New York City mayor possibility after the New York Post editorial board ran a piece encouraging her to challenge incumbent Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio, who will be up for reelection this fall. “New York City needs Hillary Clinton to run for mayor,” the editorial board wrote.

It’s not just the Post, either: New York Times columnist Frank Bruni wrote a column imagining the clashes between a mayor Clinton and President Trump in New York City.

“The potholes near his properties go unfilled. Those neighborhoods are the last to be plowed. There’s a problem with the flow of water to his Bronx golf course, whose greens are suddenly brown,” he wrote. “And the Russian Consulate keeps experiencing power failures.”

Tanden said Clinton, who has kept a low profile since Election Day, won’t recede entirely from public life -- but that she’ll likely focus on her work for children and families, rather than pure politics.

“I think she’s going to figure out ways to help kids and families,” she said. “That’s been what she’s been focused on her whole life, and a lot of issues that are affecting them, over the next couple of years.”


Hillary Clinton for NYC mayor? Probably not, but rumors persist

In the weeks since Hillary Clinton's shock election defeat to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, a rumor has taken hold among New York City's political chattering class: could she challenge Mayor Bill de Blasio's reelection bid this year?

Discussion of a possible Clinton campaign intensified last week when conservative news website Newsmax reported that Democrats unhappy with de Blasio were pressing her to run. Stories soon appeared in various outlets, including the New York Times and the New York Daily News.

Still, the chances seem remote. Although the mayor of the largest U.S. city is often seen as a national figure, it could be seen as a step down for Clinton, 69, a former U.S. secretary of state who came tantalizingly close to winning the White House two months ago.

"I'm a Brooklyn kid, and my comment is, fuhgeddaboudit," said Douglas Muzzio, a political scientist at Baruch College in New York and an expert in city politics. "There is zero chance that's going to happen."

Clinton has yet to say what she plans to do next, and representatives of Clinton's presidential campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Sunday.

A Clinton confidante, Neera Tanden, said on CNN on Sunday that Clinton was focused on helping children and families in her next role.

"I don't expect her to ever run for any elective office again," Tanden said when asked if Clinton would run for mayor.

De Blasio, a fellow Democrat who won his first term in 2013, has had some rocky moments, including state and federal corruption investigations that have reportedly examined his fundraising tactics.

A high-profile figure in the party's liberal wing, De Blasio supported Clinton in the presidential primary after some public waffling. A spokesman for his reelection campaign declined to comment on a potential Clinton candidacy.

In the presidential election, Clinton won more than 80 percent of the votes in heavily Democratic New York City, despite Trump's status as a native son born in the borough of Queens.

Clinton first moved to New York State in 1999 in order to run for the U.S. Senate, winning election the following year. She lives with her husband, former President Bill Clinton, in Chappaqua, New York, about 30 miles (48 km) north of the city.

Under state law, Clinton could run for mayor as long as she became a city resident by the election, according to the Times.

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