Everyday we read about Republican politicans doing not right things….
Those guys and now have women also just put their heads down and keep on truckin…..
Kristen Gillibrand led the charge to have Al Franken step down because of a sexual misconduct incident?
We just had a guy join the Supreme’s after dealing with much MORE than Franken….
To be honest?
I lost my faith in my states junior US Senator when she was the sole vote against Jim Mattis becoming the Defense Sec….
I did NOT vote for the former ‘Blue Dog’ Democrat in the just past midterms….
And while I won’t want a Republican Senator repping my state (NY)….I ‘m NOT happy with her either….
All this talk about her being a candidate for the 2020 Democratic Presidential nomination in my mind is just nonsense ….
For Gillibrand, nearly every move seems to be a self-serving playing of the angles. While it’s not surprising to see a politician behave this way, Gillibrand seems to be an especially egregious practitioner of the finger-in-the-wind politics that so many voters can no longer abide.
In 2009, when she was appointed by Gov. David Paterson to fill the Senate seat left empty after Clinton became secretary of state, Gillibrand was a congresswoman from hunter-heavy upstate New York whose gun votes were 100 percent in line with the positions of the National Rifle Association.
One year later she was a senator with an F rating after a swift gun-vote pivot that put her more in line with the sentiments of downstate Democrats.
As a 2013 profile in The New Yorker pointed out, in the House, Gillibrand was a Blue Dog Democrat who “voted to make English the national language, and vowed to oppose driver’s licenses for ‘illegal aliens.’”
“In the Senate,” The New Yorker piece said, “Gillibrand quickly moved left. She hired the Mirram Group—a consulting firm run by power brokers in the Hispanic political world—to introduce her to editors and activists, and soon she was saying that she favored ‘comprehensive reform that treats immigrants fairly and gives them a path to earned citizenship.’”
More recently, Gillibrand was the lone senator to vote against the appointment of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, a dedicated professional who is arguably the most independent member of the Trump Cabinet.
Did she really think Mattis, a former four-star Marine general known as a strategic thinker as well as a warrior, was unqualified to be the secretary of defense? Or was that part of her strategy of opposing almost every Trump Cabinet nominee, thus positioning herself to be able to go for a cheap applause line at some Democratic debate in the future?