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.”