piece from Reuters (my emphasis):
Speculation about a possible political future for Michelle Obama has
naturally centered on the White House. But that’s the wrong place — at
least for now.
Illinois has a Republican senator, Mark Kirk, and he is up for
reelection in 2016. He’ll be formidable, particularly given his brave
recovery from a stroke. But Illinois is a heavily Democratic state, and
the race could be close.
No Illinois Democratic candidate would bring the star power and nationwide fundraising capacity that Obama would.
She has proven herself a superb speaker on behalf of her pet projects
and is now a veteran campaigner for her husband. She’s also remained
highly popular — even as the president’s ratings have plummeted.
She could represent the Democrats’ best chance to pick up a desperately needed — and winnable — seat. A December 2012 Public Policy Polling survey put her ahead of Kirk, 51 percent to 40 percent. Democratic leaders’ pressure on her to run might get intense.
Reminds me of something I wrote in 2012:
What if Michelle Obama runs for the United
States Senate from Illinois in 2016?
You go girl!