Kirsten Gillibrand launches her bid for the presidency

Arturo Kim
January 23, 2019

The 52-year-old from upstate NY said she was forming an exploratory committee, a crucial legal step for a candidate to run for president, just days before she reportedly travels to the early voting state of Iowa. California Sen. Kamala Harris is expected to enter the race soon as well. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Sen.

Jess Fassler, Gillibrand's chief of staff, will work as the senator's campaign manager.

"From fighting back against Trump's transgender military ban to pushing for LGBTQ non-discrimination protections, Senator Gillibrand stands shoulder to shoulder with the LGBTQ community as a champion of equality". Gillibrand's campaign spent the last two years building an online army capable of financing a presidential run, spending heavily with a digital fundraising firm in 2017 and 2018 and gathering donations from hundreds of thousands of donors nationwide as her profile rose in opposition to Trump. Out of New York State's 62 counties, she won 18 of the 46 that voted for Trump in 2016, a feat her campaign points to as a sign of her potential crossover appeal.

The senator has also been vocal in the #MeToo movement and was a leading voice calling for the resignation of her former colleague, Sen.

Politico reports that Gillibrand has $10.5 million left over from her recent, successful Senate re-election campaign, which should be enough to kickstart her presidential electioneering.

"I want to be here because this is where I'm from, because this is my story, because this is who I am", she said, adding that like many other places in America, Troy has had its "ups and downs". Al Franken (D., Minn.) to resign in 2017 following multiple accusations of sexual harassment.

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The 52-year-old Gillibrand has always been seen as a possible presidential candidate.

She also was one of the leading Democratic voices against Brett Kavanaugh during his Supreme Court confirmation fight past year.

"It was very hard because this is somebody I really do care about and think has done great work in the Senate", she told NPR in 2017 after Franken resigned.

The senator was widely mocked in early December for a tweet in which she described "Our future" as "Female" and "Intersectional", apparently unconcerned about alienating the male half of the electorate and befuddling the 95 percent of it that has never heard of intersectionality, the trendy preoccupation of left-wing activists of a certain age. "Is that the reaction of an innocent person?" Here are some of the business-related issues she has fought for during her political career. "I mean, Ted Cruz and I agree on how to end sexual harassment in Congress and wrote a bill together which ultimately was passed unanimously", Gillibrand said.

Gillibrand, 52, first entered the Senate in 2009 when she was appointed by then-Governor David Paterson to fill the seat vacated by Hillary Clinton, after she was tapped to be President Barack Obama's Secretary of State. "And you immediately experience the feeling that I couldn't have been more wrong". She has attributed the ideology shift to representing a liberal state versus a more conservative district.

"As I said then, I was exclusively focused on winning our midterms, creating transparency and accountability over this White House, to have some level of oversight, and continue to serve New Yorkers, and I feel I will continue to do that".

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