Political watchers in the Hamptons are finding themselves nostalgic about Camelot amid today’s reality show White House.
“All everybody can talk about is Caroline Kennedy having her eye on another Senate run,” says one prominent Hamptons-goer, freshly back from a long weekend out east — and about to embark on another.
According to that source — a Republican who knows President Trump personally and is in good standing with both the Clinton and Bush families — the Democratic Kennedy’s possible candidacy for a 2018 congressional seat is being regarded among some circles as part of a larger push for power by blue-blood elites out east.
“She’s the family matriarch now,” says our insider. “Even her son Jack, who’s 24, is the focus of talk about fulfilling the legacy.”
Speculation about Caroline Kennedy (photo) making a run for office has been rampant since she wrapped up her four-year ambassadorship to Japan in January — a post to which she was appointed by President Barack Obama. Kennedy toyed with elective office in 2008 when Hillary Clinton resigned from the Senate to become secretary of state, leaving then-Gov. David Paterson to fill the seat. She withdrew her name from consideration following an awkward NY1 appearance.
Buzz about Kennedy’s political future ramped up last weekend when she and her family made a video honoring her late father, President John F. Kennedy, who would have turned 100 on Monday. She told CNN that including her kids in the video was because “they, I think, are the best people to take message forward into the 21st century.”
The 59-year-old Kennedy has also been spotted with the sort of prominent figures who are necessary to finance a serious political presence.
“She’s been keeping time with Blackstone Group (Chief Operating Officer) Hamilton James,” says our source. James reportedly raised $2 million to help get Obama elected.
Where would Kennedy run? Some have zeroed in on the Westchester County seat of Rep. Nita Lowey, a Democrat who turns 80 next month but has said she has no plans to retire.
Though according to our insider, who’s worked with Republicans in races for Congress, the Kennedys shouldn’t mistake the Hamptons crowd’s sporting interest for support.
“They’re more ‘Nantucket,’ ” our insider says of the Kennedys.
With Brian Niemietz