Following her devastating loss to Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton indicated that she was finished with politics for now. Sources close to the nation’s most influential political family told news outlets that the Clintons would continue their international work with the Clinton Global Foundation but would keep their hands out of the political arena, having spent the past several decades immersed in Washington, New York, and Arkansas politics. Hillary corroborated these notions with unassuming appearances on hiking trails and bookstores, revealing her ‘ordinary citizen’ side as she avoided her political persona. Despite all of this, however, political winds from the most elite circles have carried the message that Hillary may not, in fact, be done.
It has been just over two months since Election Day, and rumors suggest that Hillary could pursue a bid for Mayor of New York City later this year. Newsmax reported last week that Democrats are pressing Hillary to launch a challenge against incumbent Bill De Blasio. The position carries far more national weight than does the mayoral seat in any other city, as Manhattan represents the nation’s financial capitol, and prominent national political and business figures have occupied the seat in the past, including Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg. Still, despite this prominence, pundits indicate that a run for the mayor’s seat would represent a substantial step down for Clinton, who served as a senator for the state of New York and then as Secretary of State under President Obama.
"There is zero chance that's going to happen,” said a political science professor at Baruch College in New York and a known expert in the city’s political climate. "I don't expect her to ever run for any elective office again," said Neera Tanden, a confidante of Clinton, when asked about a potential run for the mayoral seat.
What gives some Clinton supporters hope, however, is the widespread contempt amongst leading Democratic donors for De Blasio. Flare-ups with the NYPD last year and state and federal corruption investigations into his fundraising tactics have plagued his term, and Reuters suggests that frustration with the current mayor could amount to extreme support for a Clinton bid.
At this point, officials from the Hillary presidential campaign have declined to comment, and representatives from De Blasio’s reelection campaign have not offered a statement on a potential Clinton challenge.
Do you think Hillary will pursue the NYC mayor seat?