Chelsea Hits Road on Mom's Behalf

Daughter sheds hard-earned privacy to court Obama constituency
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 18, 2008 3:20 PM CST
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y. smiles with her daughter, Chelsea, during a rally at the IBEW in Los Angeles, Friday, Jan. 11, 2008. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Chelsea Clinton has put aside her quiet life as a Manhattan hedge-fund executive to hit the campaign trail solo in California and Nevada, hoping to bring her mother's message to young voters—the crucial demographic currently enamored of Barack Obama. Chelsea, 27, is pressing the flesh everywhere from sororities to farmer's markets, the LA Times reports.

Chelsea works a room as naturally as one might expect. Gushes one observer (OK, he's her dad): "She has a wonderful wholeness about her." For those who might favor Obama, she quietly says, "I find my mom very inspiring." But although "my mom is the best person I know," Chelsea isn't looking to  relocate to the White House: "Would you want to move home at 27?" she quipped.