BREAKING: Gillibrand Calls It Quits
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The two-term senator who advocated for the #MeToo movement faced criticism on two fronts.
The Clintonesque leader exasperated Democratic Party leaders after demanding Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) resign.
Simultaneously, grassroots activists considered her "evolution" from a moderate Blue Dog Democrat in the House to an unabashedly liberal senator, nothing more than a self-serving and cynical move to accrue absolute power. (Vox)
Following middling performances at the June and July Democratic debates and a failure to qualify for the September debate, Gillibrand officially called it quits in an interview with the New York Times on Wednesday.
She told the Times’s Alexander Burns that she would endorse another candidate and hinted that she would prefer the nominee be a woman, although she didn’t say whom she would like to see as the nominee.
Gillibrand followed up with a video on her Twitter account announcing she was officially dropping out:
Today, I am ending my campaign for president.— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) August 28, 2019
I am so proud of this team and all we've accomplished. But I think it’s important to know how you can best serve.
To our supporters: Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. Now, let's go beat Donald Trump and win back the Senate. pic.twitter.com/xM5NGfgFGT
Gillibrand was one of a historic number of women running for the Democratic nomination and had established a platform heavily centered on the potential for women to power the party. As a leading sponsor of legislation to advance paid family leave and abortion rights, she intends to continue emphasizing this message as a member of the Senate.