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Sen. Gillibrand Stirs Ill Will Among Senate Dems Over 2020 Bid

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By    |   Thursday, 15 February 2018 10:17 AM

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has stirred up ill will from other Democrats over what some say is opportunism, The Hill reported Thursday.

The New York Democrat has made high-profile political appearances such as a "60 Minutes" piece Sunday that called her one of the "most prominent political faces of the #MeToo movement," The Hill reported.

The Washington establishment has been critical of her for calling out other Democrats. She led the charge to get now-former Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., to exit his position amid sexual harassment allegations. She also has said that Bill Clinton should have resigned over the sexual scandal during his presidency, the website noted.

That comment led Alida Black, the co-founder of a pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC, Ready For Hillary, to cancel a Gillibrand fundraiser.

"She was disappointed with Gillibrand and going back and talking about all this stuff with Bill Clinton after all this had been litigated," a source familiar with the situation told The Hill.

Donor Susie Tompkins Bell said that Gillibrand "shot herself in the foot" in criticizing Franken. "I have supported her for many years. Will I going forward? To be determined," Bell said.

"She stepped in it. And not once but a couple of times. And I think a lot of us saw it as opportunistic," another donor told The Hill.

Her allies say she has a long history of focus on sexual harassment issues, noting that she called out Barack Obama over sexual assaults in the military, saying he should "show greater leadership" on the issue, The Hill reported.

The senator's Senate colleagues believe she will run for president in 2020, but some question if she can gain support from the political center in a race among a crowded liberal field, The Hill reported.

If she runs for president, Gillibrand may face questions about her history representing a Republican-leaning district while she was a congresswoman. At that time, she had an "A" rating from the National Rifle Association and spoke out against sanctuary cities. She now says she was wrong on the gun issue and has learned more about immigrant issues, The Hill reported.

The senator has been a frequent critic of President Donald Trump. On Monday, she said she believes he should resign. 

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