Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Gillibrand dismisses presidential talk

If Hillary doesn't run, Gillibrand might (photo: public domain)

Kirsten Gillibrand, in Denver yesterday to talk with women about jumping into politics.

Gillibrand and her staff insist the national travel schedule and fundraising efforts aren’t about laying the groundwork for a presidential run.

“What I’m trying to do with my Off the Sidelines PAC is trying to amplify women’s voices, making sure women are voting, being advocates for things they care about, electing women who can carry that message to Washington,” Gillibrand told FOX31 Denver. “I think it’s really important that women’s voices are heard.”

The women who left Tuesday’s event were buying Gililbrand’s message, except for the part about her not running for president at some point beyond 2016.

“She’s going to be the first female President of the United States,” said Lisa Merlino, the executive director of the non-profit Invest In Kids.

No one thinks Gillibrand will run for president if Hillary does, but most think she could if Hillary passes.

In that vein, Ruby Cramer writes about a big, Thursday fundraiser for Gillibrand's PAC.

Her fundraiser in New York City Thursday, held at the Rubin Museum of Art, will include a panel discussion with Gillibrand, actress Connie Britton, designer Diane von Furstenberg, Voto Latino head Maria Teresa Kumar, and Women's National Basketball Association president Laurel Richie. Tickets, according to a invitation for the event, run from $1,000 to $10,000 a head.

.... This is the PAC's first major fundraiser — billed by Gillibrand's office as a "launch event" — and is signal enough that the senator, widely thought to have national ambitions, plans on growing her Democratic power base.