Fran Drescher joins Caroline Kennedy as contenders for Hillary Clinton’s soon-to-be-vacant Senate seat

December 9, 2008

NY (ChattahBox) — Queens native, Fran “the Nanny” Drescher has her eye on Hillary Clinton’s soon-to-be-vacant Senate seat!

The former TV star tells NY Magazine why she is a qualified candidate:

“I’ve just been given the appointment of U.S. diplomat,” says the Nanny. “My title is public diplomacy envoy for women’s health issues, and I just got back from a four-country European tour of duty. I believe next I’ll be sent to the Middle East.”

The cancer survivor and activist has helped to get some important health issues to the forefront.

“I’ve been very successful in getting a bill passed in Washington,” she says. “I was thinking I’d take the next four years to lay some groundwork, but I’m throwing my hat in the ring.”

But, most importantly, Frannie says, “I’m an authentic and honest person. And I think Capitol Hill needs more of that.”

Fran isn’t the only high profile female perhaps interested in filling the Senate seat. Robert F. Kennedy Jr., said recently that Caroline Kennedy was interested in the Senate seat that would become open if Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is confirmed as President-elect Barack Obama’s next secretary of state. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave a boost to Caroline as a possible Senate candidate, saying she is experienced and “can do anything.” Her cousin, If that happens, New York Gov. David Paterson would appoint someone to the seat for a two-year period, after which they would have to run for election, and then for a full term in 2012.

While the two women are easily the most famous contender for Clinton’s Senate seat, there are plenty of others. New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is widely known in the state. Paterson could also pick Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown or Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi.


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