Jackie Kennedy’s Former Assistant Says John F. Kennedy Jr. Would ‘Probably be Running for President’ if He Hadn’t Died in 1999 Plane Crash

John F. Kennedy Jr., son of the late President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, listens to a question from the audience during a panel discussion entitled “The Medicare Debate: Then and Now” at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Mass., in this April 29, 1997 photo. Before his death two weeks ago Kennedy had, in recent years, shown an increased interest in the Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics and was bringing new vigor to the Institute, which was founded by family and friends of his father’s in 1966 to get young people interested in public service. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

If he hadn’t died in a plane crash in 1999, JFK Jr would have run for president, his mother’s former assistant says.

Kathy McKeon, 72, worked for Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis for 13 years, living with the former first lady in her Upper East Side apartment where she watched the Kennedy kids grow up.

In an Avenue Magazine story about Caroline Kennedy, McKeon is quoted as saying she thinks John John would have followed in his father’s footsteps to seek the White House.

‘If her brother wasn’t gone, he’d probably be running for president,’ McKeon said.

Tragically, JFK Jr was just 38 years old in 1999 when he crashed his private plane off Martha’s Vineyard flying to a family wedding. His wife Caroline and sister-in-law were on board and both perished as well.

McKeon believes JFK Jr’s death motivated Caroline to continue the family’s political dynasty herself.

‘When Caroline was growing up, she always said she wanted to be a wife and mother, and she is a very good mother. But the Kennedys are go-getters who never give up, and after John died, I think Caroline had that sense of duty in her to follow in her father’s footsteps, and I believe she’ll pull it off,’ McKeon said.

Recently, there have been whisperings that Caroline is looking to run for Congress, a position that could serve as a launch pad for future White House runs. She already has the clout of serving a successful term as Ambassador to Japan for President Obama under her belt.

‘I really think she might be the first lady president,’ McKeon.

SOURCE: Daily Mail, Ashley Collman

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