With more than two years remaining as first lady, there’s speculation Michelle Obama may seek election as a U.S. senator, according to Keith Koffler, editor of the website White House Dossier.
“She’s raised her profile a lot, she’ll have pressure from Democrats to get in and pick up a GOP seat, and her own strong commitment to left wing values will help impel her to make the race — to continue to ‘make a difference'” he wrote in a June 5 post on the website.
In a separate story he wrote for Reuters, Koffler notes that Mrs. Obama has been on the campaign trail for Democrats, creating “valuable chits she can call in should she run for office.”
Republican Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk is up for re-election in 2016. If Michelle Obama enters the race and wins, she would have the unprecedented distinction of being both a senator and first lady for three weeks. Senators are sworn in at the start of the year and President Barack Obama doesn’t leave office till Jan. 20, 2017.
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