Reports are circulating that former staffers of and a fundraiser for Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) are urging her to drop out of the 2020 Democrat presidential primary race.  Stating that she comes across as an “opportunist” and that her debate presence is “performative and obnoxious,” the former staffers contend that she should drop out “graciously.”

The New York Post reports:

It’s time for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s sputtering presidential campaign to call it quits, a friend of hers and two former aides told The Post.

“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.”

. . . .  “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].”

Gillibrand has struggled to meet the debate thresholds, including for the upcoming debate.  The New York Post notes that she “has resorted to hawking T-shirts to anyone willing to chip in $1 to get her on the debate stage.”

Her role in the #MeToo takedown of Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) came under scrutiny as the movement begins to reassess its destructive, often undiscerning fervor.  Gillibrand has since tried to straddle the fence on this by claiming that maybe Franken can find a “path to redemption,” after all. Or something.

Her recent call to purge the Democratic Party of pro-life Democrats was a gamble that doesn’t seem to have paid off for her.  Likewise, her laughable plan to give voters some of their own tax money back in the form of “Democracy dollars” flagged specifically for federal political donations fell flat.

Gillibrand also has to overcome, as noted by the NY Post, the left’s disdain for her flip flop on gun rights.

Things don’t look good for the 2020 Gillibrand presidential campaign, but according to her Twitter feed, she appears to still be all-in (as of this writing).

Note to Gillibrand: while half the population is women, about half of them reject your stance that government should “take care” of us. This pandering nonsense will not help.

 
 
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