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Gillibrand Struggling in NYS for Local Support in 2020 Presidential Bid

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Kirsten Gillibrand wants to be president of the United States. unfortunately for her, apparently, one of those states is New York. The presidential wanna-be senator from the Empire State appears to be missing local support, calling into question her viability as a candidate. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Kirsten Gillibrand wants to be president of the United States. unfortunately for her, apparently, one of those states is New York.

The presidential wanna-be senator from the Empire State appears to be missing local support, calling into question her viability as a candidate.

After chronicling the support that fellow candidates Senator Cory Booker Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Kamala Harris John Delaney, the former Maryland congressman have received, the New York Times recently wrote this: “But Senator Kirsten Gillibrand? No one from New York’s 21-member congressional delegation is yet backing her bid for president. And neither is New York’s governor, Andrew M. Cuomo, or its other senator, Chuck Schumer, who as minority leader is staying neutral because numerous senators are in the race.”

Gillibrand’s lack of support in New York “is revealing of both her New York relationships and how she has constructed her national profile, often by staying far from the state’s notoriously fractious and rough-and-tumble fray,” the Times noted.

The Times isn’t the only publication to notice the tepid response to Gillibrand. Vanity Fair recently noted that, “For a U.S. senator with deep ties to Wall Street and a firm grasp of the zeitgeist, Kirsten Gillibrand is struggling to make waves in the 2020 Democratic primary. Although she made headlines by announcing an exploratory committee for the presidential election on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Gillibrand has underperformed in polls, where she hovers around 1 percent support. Equally worrisome, the junior senator from New York hasn’t received any support among the state delegates whose votes she would need at the Democratic convention.”

It’s not as if she hasn’t been trying to gin up support from her home state. Just last week, she and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer announced $764,110 in federal funding for 13 Senior Corps Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) projects in Upstate New York. The funding, provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), will support 4,136 Senior Corps volunteers from organizations throughout Upstate New York. By supporting additional volunteers who provide elderly care, tutor students, and assist communities in a variety of other ways, the grants will expand and strengthen the presence of Senior Corps RSVP programming in New York.

“Senior Corps RSVP projects provide valuable services for communities throughout Upstate New York. Through these projects, seniors are able to volunteer and use their experience to give back to their community,” said Gillibrand during the announcement. “RSVP volunteers are dedicated to serving and improving their communities, and this grant will allow organizations to continue their work and promote public service.”

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