December 9th, 2008
11:44 AM ET
9 years ago

'Nanny' state: Fran Drescher seeks Clinton's Senate seat

Fran Drescher is a women's health advocate and a public diplomacy envoy for the State Department.

Fran Drescher is a women's health advocate and a public diplomacy envoy for the State Department.

NEW YORK (CNN) - Actress Fran Drescher has expressed interest in being appointed to the U.S. Senate seat that New York's Hillary Clinton is giving up to become secretary of state, a spokesman for the actress said.

No, seriously.

"Fran Drescher, actress, women's health advocate and public diplomacy envoy for the U.S. State Department, announced that she is throwing her hat into the ring of contenders for the senate seat being vacated by Secretary of State-designate Hillary Rodham Clinton," Drescher spokesman Jordan Brown told CNN in a written statement late Monday.

Watch: CNN's Alina Cho break down Drescher's  interest

Drescher, 51, is best known for her starring role in the 1990s television comedy "The Nanny" and an adenoidal voice that could strip the rust off an engine block - a talent that might come in handy during a Senate filibuster.

But since a bout with uterine cancer, she has become an activist for better health care for women and was named a State Department public envoy on the issue in September. Drescher recently toured Eastern European countries to raise awareness of the issue on behalf of the State Department.

New York Gov. David Paterson will appoint a successor for Clinton, who still must be confirmed by her Senate colleagues for the Cabinet post. That successor would face voters in a special election in 2010.

A spokesman for Patterson did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday morning.

Speculation over Paterson's choice reached a frenzy over the weekend after reports that Caroline Kennedy, daughter of assassinated President John F. Kennedy, had phoned to discuss the position.

Paterson said Monday that Kennedy had called him and "asked a few questions," but dismissed other reports as "gossip."

"And frankly, this is a serious issue which I think is starting to be
treated as some sort of reality TV show," he added.

A senior adviser to Clinton, Philippe Reines, said she would not comment on her possible successors.

"This is entirely Governor Patterson's decision and we're respecting the privacy of his process," Reines said.

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soundoff (465 Responses)
  1. Jason in MI

    As long as you can do the job effectively...I'm okay with either Ms. Fran Drescher or Sweet Caroline Kennedy becoming New York's new Senator.

    December 9, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  2. Colony14Author

    How about someone who has worked for a living and will uphold the U.S. Constitution?

    Oh, wait, that would eliminate most prominent Democrats, and a lot of Republicans as well.

    If I hear the names Bush, Kennedy, Gore, or Clinton one more time I'm going to gag. (And I'm already sick of hearing Obama's name.) Let the NY Governor pIck someone no one has ever heard of, please.

    December 9, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  3. Colony14Author

    I would have the Governor appoint JFK Jr. Yes, he's dead, but that would probably be an advantage for the taxpayers. You don't have to pay for bills that aren't introduced!

    December 9, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  4. Honestlady

    Caroline Kennedy all the way!!!!!!!!!!

    December 9, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  5. bertha doucet

    I do not know much about Fran Drescher ,other than playing a nanny on tv,to comment about this issues! gov patterson will have a hard decison to make! Houston Tex!!

    December 9, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  6. TC

    She would be worse than listening to Sarah Palin, both have very annoying voices.

    December 9, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  7. kevin

    Well Fran would certainly have as much experience as B.O LOL

    December 9, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  8. Steve

    What a fun place the Senate would be with Fran Drescher and Al Franken. C-Span would be as fun to watch as Saturday Night Live!

    December 9, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  9. Lisa M. Montgomery

    While we're at it, I might as well throw my hat in the ring. If Hollywood can do it, I surely can. Give me a freakin break here people. Next thing you know, the dog from the Taco Bell ads will be running. I can only take so much fun.

    December 9, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  10. Leanne in California

    Thank God!! Finally a woman with a better voice to listen to than Hill...

    Who woulda thunk that Fran's nasal whine would be more welcoming to the ears than Hillary's obnoxious nasal whine and/or laugh? Just replay all her cackles and you be the judge!

    I'd rather look at Fran any day over the woman who sent Bill into the arms of how many women??

    December 9, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  11. Jim Louisville, KY

    Fran Drescher is obviously an inteligent and astute business woman. When I have heard her speak on women's health issues or political matters, she seems both thoughtful and well informed. Is it so unbelievable that she could have political aspirations? Why is this any different than Ronald Reagan or Arnold Schwarzenegger? Sonny Bono went to the House of Representatives and Fred Thompson to the Senate. The only difference is that Fran is a woman. This kind of thinking is demonstrated by the comment that she is "easier on the eyes than Pelosi or Hillary". Fran Drescher is certainly as well qualified as many current US senators. Jim Bunning, the current KY senator who was a professional baseball player, immediately comes to mind.

    December 9, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  12. Michael St Louis

    Just look at Minn. That bozo tryning for the Sen seat. He thought he WAS a comedian. The only experience he has is lambashing the Rep's with his foul mouth. The residents there must have their head in the snow too long.

    December 9, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  13. Jean Krewson

    Jesse "The Body" Ventura was a very good Governor for MN.
    Arnie's taking care of CA.
    And how many "serious" polititions have been brought up on charges lately? hmmm...

    Why not? I think she should get as much as a shot as anyone else.

    December 9, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  14. sandee in Portland

    I think Fran is a very intelligent woman, but I also think she shouldn't get into politics at the top of the level; maybe she should start out as a council woman or mayor first to get her feet wet.

    December 9, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  15. Michael St Louis

    Can't be any worse that the case for Minn.!

    December 9, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  16. Mike Philly

    She's got style, she's got flair, and she's there. Why not?

    December 9, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  17. Leanne in California

    You would have Fran start at the town council WHY?

    And where did Hillary start? Decorating governor's mansions, replacing Whilte House silver ware, running hither and thon in gov't jets. Oh, yeah, and dodging bullets in scary fictional places.

    Get over yourself. She wasn't qualified to run for Prez. You GIMME A BREAK, Joseph War Vet. Dude, Hilll came with no political qualifications other than the coat tails of her spouse. She will be an excellent Sec of State, in my opinion–But she learned OJT- ON the Job, and has never run for any office I've heard of.

    I guess Caroline will get it becuz she also breathed White House air.

    Pleeze- Be fair and honest, at least.

    December 9, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  18. A

    No one needs that laugh in Congress

    December 9, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  19. coldwar vet ~ cal

    Actress Fran Drescher has the skills to cleanup Washington, well maybe the laundry, the floors, etc, etc, etc. Seriously, I don't see the qualifications, I loved "The Nanny," she was hilarious, but a senator?
    Fran if you still got those legs, you can still work in Hollywood. If you do that, I'll stand up and salute you every week. Forget politics, Fran, your talent lays elsewhere.

    December 9, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  20. Brad

    If we were supposed to take Sarah Palin seriously, I see no reason why Fran shouldn't be considered. You go girl!

    December 9, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    I thought senators were elected by the people, not appointed by the governor. Look at the mess this privilege is causing in Chicago with their governor attempting to sell the seat–he considers it worth selling to the highest bidder.

    December 9, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  22. chubbs

    lol she's better than Caroline thats for sure

    December 9, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  23. maria rivera

    I don't think so.

    December 9, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  24. mary

    I would rather have Fran Drescher anyday than another Kennedy.I think we had enough of uncle Ted..

    December 9, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
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