Chelsea Clinton Reopens Door to Politics

The watch is already on for whether Hillary Clinton makes another run for the White House in 2016, and her every word is already being dissected, but almost inevitably people will also be watching to see if Chelsea Clinton decides to run for office, too. This is the first time since 1982 that a Clinton is not holding a public office.

On Monday, Chelsea Clinton didn't give any hint as to her mother's thoughts only saying, "I deeply respect and appreciate all of the admiration and respect and gratitude for my mother's service.

"As a daughter I want her to make the right choice for herself. I know that will be the right choice for our country and I'll support her in whatever she chooses to do," Clinton said. She told Parade she wants her mother to "rest" right now and described herself as "unapologetically and unabashedly…deeply biased toward my mother."

So could the younger Clinton follow in her parent's footsteps?

"Americans always look for dynasties: Bush, Kennedy, Cuomo, Clinton … it's some kind of continuity. There will always be pressure on her to run for public office," said Hank Sheinkopf, a Democratic political strategist in New York.

"She's learning from the two best politicians in recent American history and she understands when to hold them and when to fold them," Sheinkopf said.

That sense of dynasty could also present a significant hurdle.

"She's got to A, demonstrate that she has the charisma of her father, or B, demonstrate that she has the policy chops of her mother. And I think like most people she is somewhere in between," a former Hillary Clinton aide from her 2008 campaign said. "People are judging her through each of her parents and it's an impossible standard."

Besides work with CGI, as well as other boards and moderating panels, she also worked toward making same-sex marriage legal in New York last year, as well as gay marriage referendums in Maine, Maryland, Wisconsin and Washington state, all of which were successful in November. She has also been active in superstorm Sandy recovery, most notably delivering aid to the devastated Rockaways with her father.

"She is incredibly busy," a current Clinton aide said in an interview earlier this year. "She's doing a lot with the foundation, she's doing a lot with the Clinton Global Initiative. She's doing a lot of (teaching at) NYU. She's really busy, but I do think you can start to see there's a common thread to everything she's doing."

"She was great to work with," said Brian Ellner who worked with Chelsea Clinton on the same sex marriage issue in New York. "She is enormously enthusiastic and supportive on the issue, but in addition, she wanted to do real work. As opposed to just making appearances, she came in a couple of times and did phone banking, making calls all around the state urging New Yorkers to support marriage equality and to call their state representatives."

Ellner said the younger Clinton "is enormously popular and has come to represent her generation of young Americans who feel strongly on this issue and many others."

"Chelsea can do anything. Whether it is pursuing elected politics or increasing her role at the foundation or doing other things. She is right on all of the issues and she's working extraordinarily hard to help people," Ellner said. "She represents her generation extraordinarily well."

During her mother's 2008 presidential campaign, Chelsea Clinton campaigned throughout the country stumping on her mother's behalf.

It was one of her first public roles and although she didn't answer press questions at the events she got the experience of wooing crowds, as well as taking questions in town halls, not the easiest thing for even the most seasoned politicians to do.

The 2008 Clinton staffer said Chelsea Clinton became an "active member" of the campaign, something she would likely repeat if her mother decides to run in 2016.

"It gave her a taste of what it means to be a public figure in the more traditional sense," the former aide said.

Not everyone is convinced she is bound to run for office.

"It's not a given that she will have a public life in elected politics," the former staffer said in a previous interview. "I would tell you, I don't think she's going to. I think she would end up being a reluctant candidate at this point in time."

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