Now in DC Spotlight: Kirsten Gillibrand - Page 2

She led the charge against fellow Democrat Al Franken
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 8, 2017 1:22 PM CST

  • A former aide to Hillary Clinton doesn't appreciate Gillibrand's moves of late. Per the Hill, Philippe Reines appeared on Fox's Tucker Carlson Tonight on Thursday and slammed her for "not putting in context" why she's going around calling for Dems' resignations. He recently called her a "hypocrite" regarding her take on Clinton, noting on Fox that Gillibrand "never said … she regretted not speaking earlier, or taking the Clintons' support or money."
  • CNN makes note of the fact that Gillibrand's name has been floated as a possible 2020 contender for president, and that her maneuvering on the sexual misconduct front could put her in the perfect spot to take on Trump, who himself is facing down multiple accusations. But allies say Gillibrand's recent motives aren't political—they're simply an addition to her already established list of efforts on this front.
  • Writing for the Washington Post, Ruth Marcus agrees with Gillibrand's overall position that "none of it is acceptable" when it comes to sexual misconduct, whether it's harassment, groping, or assault. Still, Marcus wonders about the "rush to judgment and the one-size-fits-all nature of the punishment," as Franken's alleged transgressions pale in comparison with those of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore and President Trump.
  • Amy Wolfcale takes Gillibrand to task for promoting a "false equivalency" between what Franken allegedly did and some of the more serious accusations out there. "To be sure I don't want my daughter to have to dodge unwanted kisses," she writes at HuffPost. "But the idea that someone might abduct her, drive her to a deserted spot in the country, and assault her is the stuff of horror movies. There is no equivalency."
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