Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) will be announcing her candidacy for President tonight on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, according to a report from CBS News. The Associated Press is also reporting people close to Gillibrand have leaked she intends to run.
This comes as no surprise as rumors have been spreading about her intention to run since before midterm elections. She told supporters she intends to complete her term as Senator. This obviously paints those claims as a lie.
Gillibrand – who heads to the early caucus state of Iowa this weekend – would become the fifth Democrat, and the second senator, to officially jump into a presidential primary that could feature dozens of candidates before all is said and done.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts along with former Obama Cabinet member Julian Castro, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii and former Rep. John Delaney of Maryland are among those who have taken steps toward a 2020 run. Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harris of California could also enter the race soon.
Gillibrand has no chance. Outside of her involvement with the #MeToo movement, which has been losing steam recently, she has no claim to fame other than being a New Yorker and taking over Hillary Clinton’s seat in the Senate. She’ll poll somewhere in the middle.