Major Democratic donors nationwide remain angry at New York Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand for leading the charge in calling for former Sen. Al Franken’s resignation amid sexual misconduct allegations, which could harm her chances as she explores a presidential bid, Politico reported on Monday.
The donors are angry that Gillibrand forced Franken out without any real vetting of the allegations against him, needlessly getting rid of one of the most effective weapons against the Trump administration, and many have vowed never to support her again.
Gillibrand insists she showed leadership by placing values over party loyalty, even at risk to herself.
But many donors agree with Susie Tompkins Buell, a prominent Democratic fundraiser who told Politico that the matter remains fresh in her mind and among those in her circles and “stained [Gillibrand’s] reputation as a fair player.”
Buell said “I do hear people refer to Kirsten Gillibrand as ‘opportunistic’ and shrewd at the expense of others to advance herself and it seems to have been demonstrated in her rapid treatment of her colleague Al Franken."
A Manhattan-based member of the ‘Majority Trust’ of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, a group of top donors, who has donated to Gillibrand in the past, said, “Let me tell you how strongly I felt about it — I didn’t even vote for her in the recent election. I left it blank.”
It’s unclear whether if a donor backlash would harm Gillibrand’s possible 2020 campaign, as she won about two-thirds of the vote against her Republican opponent in her most recent re-election bid, and had the most votes for any candidate in New York in this election cycle.
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