Caroline, Schmaroline: Pick Me Instead

Fran Drescher offers to take over Hillary Clinton's Senate seat
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 8, 2008 11:35 AM CST
Actress Fran Drescher arrives for "A Black and White Gala for Barack Obama...America's Next President," in Beverly Hills, Calif., Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
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(Newser) – Fran Drescher has a great idea for a well-known woman to inherit Hillary Clinton's Senate seat, and it's not Caroline Kennedy, reports New York. The face—and, even more memorably, the voice—of the 1990s sitcom The Nanny proposes herself. OK, so she's never run for public office, but she was recently named a diplomatic envoy for the US, traveling to developing nations to speak about women's health issues.

The cancer survivor and activist says she'd already been considering a run for office. “I was thinking I’d take the next four years to lay some groundwork, but I’m throwing my hat in the ring.” Her strongest claim to being the best woman for the job? “I’m an authentic and honest person,” she says. “And I think Capitol Hill needs more of that.”