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

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

[cnn-photo-caption image="" caption="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. ickym

    All movie stars and lawyers ought to be banned from any political office. They offer nothing. This country is in serious trouble because of inept lawyers (over 90% of our congress is an lawyers) trying to make laws on subject matter which they know nothing about. Then then listen to consultants who bribe them to follow "their" ill ideas – and this country suffers as a result.

    December 9, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  2. Deb Minnesota

    I prefer Caroline Kennedy. Why does Fran want the seat?

    December 9, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  3. BJ


    And exactly what office does Caroline hold?

    December 9, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  4. Hardin Steele

    Fran would be an excellent addition to teh Senate. She has more personal integrity and character than Reid and his group of Senate thugs by far. Who knows? She might be the best thing that's happened to the senate in a long, long time!!

    December 9, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  5. Lori B.

    OMG...could you imagine a Fran Drescher filibuster??? It would make my dogs howl in pain (not to mention ME).

    December 9, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  6. wildbill

    Next up: Governor Jim Belushi (D-IL). Heard the job's gonna be open.

    December 9, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  7. GOPS lost, get it!

    No annoying nasal voice plz!!!!!!!!! I rather have a dignified woman like Caroline Kennedy!

    December 9, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  8. B in CA

    Go Nanny Fran! Show 'em what you got!!

    December 9, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  9. Eric

    Amber, you mean she has a recongnizable national name like say Bush!!!! The father was too bad, but the son!!!! OMG what a disaster

    December 9, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  10. Ken in Western NY

    I saw Fran on the Larry King show awhile back and this lady is one smart cookie. She is not the nutty character she played on TV. I think she would be a fine senator for New York. She's definitely better than many of the so-called politicians that are in the Senate and the House.

    December 9, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  11. kim

    Ah ah ah ah ah ah ah AHHHH...that laugh...that laugh! Can't wait since I live nowhere near NY.

    December 9, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  12. Kendra

    The Pecan State Pundit December 9th, 2008 9:18 am ET

    What about Steven Colbert? Shouldn't he be considered too?

    Stephen Colbert lives in north New Jersey not New York state. He just tapes his show in New York City.

    December 9, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  13. charlie

    It looks like the senate is on its way to star DOOM!

    December 9, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  14. Harvey in Tampa

    Can you imagine that laugh echoing through the walls & halls of the Capitol Building?

    December 9, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  15. richard

    hey Joseph, most of america hates the Kennedys

    December 9, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
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