Kirsten Gillibrand: Saint or Scammer
By D.S. Mitchell and T.K. McNeil
The Pendulum Swings
It seems like each new each day brings us a new candidate for the job of president of the United States. At the beginning of Trump’s third year, anyone able to walk and talk at the same time, thinks they can do a better job than Trump. In fact, not to bring peels of laughter from the audience, I am sure that I could do a better job. Being able to do a better job than Trump however could probably be accomplished by any of the last six Westminster champions.
Blinded By Desperation
There are those who say there is no way Trump can win in 2020. Didn’t everyone say that about Trump in 2016? The prognosticators also said George W. Bush couldn’t win in his second term in 2004. Single term presidents do occur, although not often. In every case such losses occurred it was due to a compelling opponent. The most recent instance, when relatively unknown Arkansas governor Bill Clinton ran against, and beat George H.W.Bush. Who was, by all accounts, in line for a second term.
A Champion Shall Rise?
If the Republicans stick with tradition and name Donald Trump their nominee for 2020. The key to victory for the Democrats will be selecting the right candidate. Someone with a specific set of attributes that appeal to the base, as well as making them impervious to Trump’s already proven attacks and tactics. One of a bevy of Democrats to recently throw their hat into the ring is second-term New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.
Upper Middle Class Life
Kirsten Gillibrand is a child of American privilege. Not a Kennedy or a Rockefeller by any means, but both her parents were attorneys. Her father also worked as a lobbyist. Kirsten Gillibrand was born Kirsten Elizabeth Rutnik in 1966. She attended a private girl’s school, the Emma Willard School. When she graduated she went on to Dartmouth where she graduated Magna cum Laude in 1988 with a degree in Asian studies. After Dartmouth she attended UCLA School of Law and passed the bar exam in New York in 1991.
Gillibrand went to work for Davis, Polk and Wardwell, as an associate. While at Davis she served at defense attorney for Philip Morris defending them in at least three major lawsuits, including civil and criminal racketeering and perjury cases. Her work for Philip Morris and later large financial contributions to her from the company has created multiple and lingering questions about that relationship. Gillibrand says associates don’t get to choose their client load. Comments by Davis insiders refute that, insisting associates always have a choice. She counters with her work at Davis and later at Boies, Schiller & Flexner allowed her to take on pro-bono work (no charge cases) defending poor and abused women, injured tenants against negligent landlords, and other clients with social justice issues.
During the last year of Bill Clinton’s presidency Kirsten Gillibrand served as Special Counsel to Secretary of HUD, Andrew Cuomo. In 1999 Gillibrand began working for Hillary Clinton’s 2000 N.Y. senate run. Clinton and Gillibrand became close and Gillibrand gave a $12,000 donation to the campaign. Gillibrand later said that Hillary Clinton had been an inspiring mentor to her. Furthermore, she said Clinton was the principle reason she had decided to enter politics.