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Caroline Kennedy Running for Office in New York?

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U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy waves as she departs from Narita airport near Tokyo on Jan. 18, 2017, leaving her post after three years during which she played an important role in deepening bilateral relations. (Kyodo via AP Images)

By    |   Monday, 23 Jan 2017 12:23 PM

Caroline Kennedy reportedly plans to run for office in New York after serving three years as U.S. ambassador to Japan.

“Caroline had a successful ambassadorial run in Japan and feels really very confident about putting her hat in the ring for a New York congressional or Senate seat, with even possibly bigger political objectives down the road,” a source close to Kennedy said, according to the New York Post.

Kennedy, the daughter of former President John F. Kennedy, stepped down as the U.S. ambassador to Japan on Wednesday. The 59-year-old was appointed the position by President Barack Obama in 2013.

President Trump’s transition team ordered all political appointees to step down from their positions before the transition of power was completed on the National Mall Friday, according to The Associated Press.

Sources close to Kennedy told the Post that she wants to run for office in New York, following in the footsteps of her late uncle, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy.

Despite this, Kennedy has yet to reveal her exact plans, but that hasn’t stopped early comparisons to former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

“Caroline is seen in some quarters as the next Hillary Clinton. She has the Kennedy name but no Clinton baggage,” another source close to Kennedy said, according to the Post.

This comes years after Kennedy and Clinton’s names appeared in headlines together.

In 2008, Kennedy was seen as Clinton’s contender for the New York Senate seat after Obama nominated Clinton to be secretary of state.

However, at the time, Kennedy dropped out of headlines shortly after, saying “personal reasons” would prevent her from running for Senate.

Sources are now saying Kennedy is focused on the presidency.

“The presidency is on her mind now, believe me,” a source said, per the Post.

Some Twitter users expressed support for a Kennedy bid.

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