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Buffalo News Blasts Home State Senator: ‘Gillibrand Lied’

“Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand flat-out lied,” the Buffalo News editorial board wrote Thursday.

By NTK Staff | 01.18.2019 @10:47am
Buffalo News Blasts Home State Senator: ‘Gillibrand Lied’

The Buffalo News editorial board ripped into their home state senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, in a piece published late Thursday.

At issue is the fact that Gillibrand, who just won reelection last year, pledged that should would serve out her six-year term, should she win reelection. On Tuesday night, Gillibrand announced she was forming an exploratory committee to run for president, effectively breaking the promise she made to New York voters just a few short months ago.

[S]mart politicians at least know how to dance around the question. They may mislead or dissemble or filibuster. They may answer a different question than the one asked. But they don’t flat-out lie.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand flat-out lied. As the New York Democrat’s 2018 re-election campaign neared its end, she bluntly denied she would run for president and pledged to serve her full term. It was unnecessary and unfortunate.

The editorial board went so far as to publish a transcript of an October 25 senatorial debate in which Gillibrand made her promise to New Yorkers:

Question: “Can you tell New Yorkers, who plan to vote for you on Nov. 6, that you will, if re-elected, serve out your six-year Senate term?”

Gillibrand: “I will. …”

Question: “Just want to make this clear, you’re saying that you will not get out of the race and you will not run for president? You will serve your six years?”

Gillibrand: “I will serve my six-year term.”

“Gillibrand’s lie may seem minor, but that’s what it was and she could have done better,” the editorial board wrote. “It’s a poor way to start.”

Quite often editorial boards will chastise their representation in Washington. But rarely do they use such harsh language. If Gillibrand isn’t able to win over her home state, she might find it difficult to garner widespread support in other primary states.

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