Now in DC Spotlight: Kirsten Gillibrand

She led the charge against fellow Democrat Al Franken
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 8, 2017 1:22 PM CST
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, answers a question about her statement on Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., at the end of a news conference on sexual harassment in the workplace on Wednesday on Capitol Hill in...   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

(Newser) – The demise of Al Franken's career in the US Senate was hastened along by members of his own party who called for him to step down amid sexual misconduct allegations. Chief among them: New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who helped turn up the heat on Franken this week by saying he should resign. Politico notes her sudden moment in the spotlight and accompanying media coverage, especially relevant considering her past advocacy for sexual assault victims. But it's proving to be a delicate balancing act, as to stay true to her stance on the matter she's had to ditch fellow Democrats Franken and Bill Clinton, who she recently said should have resigned after his affair with Monica Lewinsky was revealed. More on Gillibrand from around the internet:

  • The New York Times takes a similar look back at Gillibrand's past efforts in the name of sexual assault victims and women's issues overall, including going after rape in the military and forming a PAC that encourages women to run for office. Also of note: how Gillibrand has had to navigate dealing with accusations against Franken, whom she's called a "friend," and Clinton, who campaigned for her before she was voted into Congress in 2006.

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