It’s not every day that I can say I agree with supporters of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, but here we are. The New York Democrat entered the 2020 race to almost no applause, and what applause she did have has largely abandoned her now, including donors, and those who have worked for her in the past.
According to the New York Post, former staffers and supporters think her attempts at a 2020 run are futile and she should stay in the Senate where they want her:
“It would be best if she decided that this was not her time,” said one longtime Gillibrand fundraiser, who claimed the Democratic contender’s well-heeled supporters want her to remain in the US Senate.
“Most people that I talk to are very happy with her as their senator and don’t want her to give up her Senate seat and don’t see any realistic traction for her.”
Some, including a former senior staffer, find her entire campaign to be an “obnoxious” sideshow, according to The Post:
“I don’t know that anyone even wants to see her on the debate stage. Everyone I have talked to finds her performative and obnoxious,” said a former senior staffer in Gillibrand’s Senate office.
“She comes across as an opportunist to the public. I think that’s the biggest problem,” said the staffer, who criticized the candidate’s flip-flopping on guns and immigration. “I think she’ll have to seriously evaluate her campaign and her candidacy if she doesn’t make this debate.”
“She’s not going to make it,” said another longtime friend and supporter. “What is Kirsten’s reason to stay in? She should find some gracious way that enhances her . . . as she gracefully exits and throws her conditional support to whoever does get [the nomination].”
At this time, it’s not looking like she’s going to get to the 130,000 donors she’ll require to make it to the third debate stage. According to The Post, she’s now hawking t-shirts for single dollar donation in order to qualify. At this time, she has 115,000 donors. This is well behind other tertiary candidates on the debate stage such as Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and Marianne Williamson.
The fact is, if you try to think back to anything Gillibrand has done on the campaign trail that’s worth noting, you’ll have a hard time. The two major things that come to mind are both embarrassing moments.
The first is during Pride where she was at a gay bar sipping a drink, seemingly looking off to the side. Suddenly she holds up a hand and says “gay rights” to someone off-camera. It was a very cringe-worthy moment that didn’t come off naturally at all and looked more like a scene from “The Office” than an actual, organic moment.
Wow, can’t believe they captured this totally natural, organic moment. And during pride month, too! pic.twitter.com/miLGeRHTNf
— matt’s idea shop (@MattsIdeaShop) June 8, 2019
The second is a moment on the debate stage. Gillibrand attempted to bring herself into the limelight by attacking former VP and currently 2020 frontrunner Joe Biden, but underestimated Biden’s prowess. The New York Senator attempted to attack Biden for his lack of support for women, but Biden countered with his record and mentioned that Gillibrand herself had held up his own record at one time as well, noting that her run for President is the only thing making her say that now.
Gillibrand was visibly embarrassed and struggled to come back with something, only to be cut off by moderators.
Video: Joe Biden drops that truth bomb on Kirsten Gillibrand during their equal pay squabble -> "I don't know what happened except you're now running for president" #DemDebate pic.twitter.com/Sx8HTCM8UD
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) August 1, 2019
Other than these two moments, Gillibrand has next to nothing to show why anyone should pay attention to her. Even her platform is based on feminism and women, which doesn’t work when everyone on the stage has had vocal support for feminism, and many of those running in the primary are women themselves. As I’ve said before, she’s more of an after-thought and easily forgotten when the camera is off of her.
This is why she’s polling at 0 percent despite being recognized by seven in ten Americans. Gillibrand blames this on “sexism,” and calling the Democratic party sexist probably isn’t going to go over well with people who like to throw the accusation around at others.
So, I have to agree with Gillibrand’s people. It’s time for her to go.