REPORT: Gillibrand blames low campaign fundraising on disgraced former senator
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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s (D-N.Y.) presidential campaign suggested Sunday that the campaign’s low first-quarter fundraising totals could be partly attributed to backlash over Gillibrand’s decision in 2017 to call for the resignation of Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.).
In a memo obtained by The New York Times, the campaign reportedly said there’s “no question” that donors are retaliating in response to Gillibrand calling on Franken, who had been accused of sexual harassment, to step aside.
The article goes on to state the following:
“There’s no question that the first quarter was adversely impacted by certain establishment donors — and many online — who continue to punish Kirsten for standing up for her values and for women,” the memo reads.
Gillibrand was the first senator in 2017 to call for Franken to step down amid the allegations of sexual misconduct.
Gillibrand raises $3 million in 1st Q — a lackluster figure that her campaign blames, in part, on the backlash to her calling on Al Franken to resign: https://t.co/zseq56mM4j
— Felicia Sonmez (@feliciasonmez) April 14, 2019
— Intelligencer (@intelligencer) April 14, 2019
Here are some examples of Twitter users disgruntled remarks about Gillibrand in relation to Franken.
It’s like Smollett or Franken. I don’t like the guy but think he got railroaded (railroads are a Republican thing) because Gilliband and others saw it as a way to advance their careers by stepping up and calling for him to resign. It’s fine until it happens to someone you like.
— NoPityforEurope (@FrankMarro) April 2, 2019
Al Franken deserved an investigation, to be treated as innocent until proven guilty. Roger Stone & his dirty tricks….you didn’t consider sinister motives in removing Franken from the Senate. Gilliland, your judgement on this issue is proof you are not qualified to be POTUS.
— True Patriot 1776 (@T12606033) February 20, 2019
I realise Kamala Harris does possess some redeeming qualities, but have to agree. Harris’ & Gilliland’s naked ambitions were never more obvious than in the character assassination of Al Franken.
— Miz Kit ☮ (@MizKit2) January 15, 2019
No thank you. Not after she threw Al Franken under the bus after a smear campaign by Roger Stone and company. He asked for an investigation and Gilliband said it didn’t matter. If she fell for that, and she took it hook, line and sinker, she has shown us she has poor judgement.
— Meeche (@meechebucco) November 9, 2018
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