Caroline Kennedy Running for Office in New York?

Caroline Kennedy reportedly plans to run for office in New York after serving three years as U.S. ambassador to Japan.

“Caroline had a successful ambassadorial run in Japan and feels really very confident about putting her hat in the ring for a New York congressional or Senate seat, with even possibly bigger political objectives down the road,” a source close to Kennedy said, according to the New York Post.

Kennedy, the daughter of former President John F. Kennedy, stepped down as the U.S. ambassador to Japan on Wednesday. The 59-year-old was appointed the position by President Barack Obama in 2013.

President Trump’s transition team ordered all political appointees to step down from their positions before the transition of power was completed on the National Mall Friday, according to The Associated Press.

Sources close to Kennedy told the Post that she wants to run for office in New York, following in the footsteps of her late uncle, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy.

Despite this, Kennedy has yet to reveal her exact plans, but that hasn’t stopped early comparisons to former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

“Caroline is seen in some quarters as the next Hillary Clinton. She has the Kennedy name but no Clinton baggage,” another source close to Kennedy said, according to the Post.

This comes years after Kennedy and Clinton’s names appeared in headlines together.

In 2008, Kennedy was seen as Clinton’s contender for the New York Senate seat after Obama nominated Clinton to be secretary of state.

However, at the time, Kennedy dropped out of headlines shortly after, saying “personal reasons” would prevent her from running for Senate.

Sources are now saying Kennedy is focused on the presidency.

“The presidency is on her mind now, believe me,” a source said, per the Post.

Some Twitter users expressed support for a Kennedy bid.

U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy waves as she departs from Narita airport near Tokyo on Jan. 18, 2017, leaving her post after three years during which she played an important role in deepening bilateral relations. (Kyodo via AP Images)


Could Caroline Kennedy be the baggage-free Hillary Clinton?

After three years as US ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy is coming home to New York and has big plans: a political run and penning a memoir, Kennedy insiders tell The Post.

“Caroline had a successful ambassadorial run in Japan and feels really very confident about putting her hat in the ring for a New York congressional or Senate seat, with even possibly bigger political objectives down the road,” said a source familiar with Kennedy’s plans.

And another close source revealed, “Caroline is seen in some quarters as the next Hillary Clinton. She has the Kennedy name but no Clinton baggage.”

The sources maintain that Kennedy’s “dream” is to become a US senator from New York, following in the footsteps of her late uncle, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy.

While the sources declined to reveal Kennedy’s precise political plans — when and which race she might enter — 2018 is the earliest she could do it. She could target the seat of New York’s junior Democratic senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, or Rep. Carolyn Maloney, the liberal Democrat representing Kennedy’s 12th District.

Kennedy, 59, is a liberal Democrat like the rest of the Kennedy clan. She has a law degree from Columbia Law School. In 2013, President Barack Obama appointed her as the first female US ambassador to Japan.

She stepped down Wednesday from her post in Tokyo, where she was said to have fostered better US relations with Japan and was often treated as a celebrity.

It’s not the first time the daughter of President John F. Kennedy has been viewed as the next Kennedy powerhouse.

In 2008, she made headlines as a prominent contender for Hillary Clinton’s vacant New York Senate seat after Clinton was nominated by Obama to be secretary of state. But Kennedy suddenly, and mysteriously, dropped her bid, citing “personal reasons.”

Now with politics again in sight, the Kennedy insider asserted, “The presidency is on her mind now, believe me.”

She has the money to run, with a net worth estimated to be between $80 million and $500 million, according to Bloomberg and CNN. The Post has reported that she receives $12 million to $30 million a year from Kennedy trust funds.

Scandalous rumors had have circulated over the years about trouble in her marriage to Edwin Schlossberg, a museum exhibit designer, with whom she has three grown children. But while she was in Japan, Schlossberg reportedly made trips to spend time with her, and their marriage appeared intact.

A new book could also be in her future. “She’s kept a diary for years. She has quite a story to tell,” noted the Kennedy insider.

Best-selling author Jerry Oppenheimer has written two books about the Kennedys. His new book, “The Kardashians: The True, Untold Story,” will be published this year.


Caroline Kennedy Makes Major Political Announcement After Trump Requests She Step Down As Ambassador

Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of former President John F. Kennedy, could possibly be the next Kennedy to run for office.

Kennedy just stepped down as the U.S. ambassador to Japan on Wednesday after leaving the country a farewell message days earlier calling the job the “greatest privilege” of her life.

Kennedy, 59, was appointed to the position by President Barack Obama in 2013. The transition team for Donald Trump had ordered all political appointees to step down by his inauguration day, The Associated Press reported.

Now, according to The New York Post, Kennedy is eyeing a New York senate or congressional run.

“Caroline had a successful ambassadorial run in Japan and feels really very confident about putting her hat in the ring for a New York congressional or Senate seat, with even possibly bigger political objectives down the road,” said a source familiar with Kennedy’s plans.

And another close source revealed, “Caroline is seen in some quarters as the next Hillary Clinton. She has the Kennedy name but no Clinton baggage.”

The sources maintain that Kennedy’s “dream” is to become a US senator from New York, following in the footsteps of her late uncle, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy.

Caroline Kennedy would make perfect sense for a strong, Democratic candidate. She has devoted her life to public service, and yet has maintained a deeply private and scandal-free life.

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