Gillibrand Put Forth False Intentions During Her Campaign

Turns out, Chele Farley was right about Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s presidential ambitions.

After more than a year of denying that she was planning to run for president in 2020 while vowing to serve her entire six-year term if elected last November, Gillibrand reversed course last week and announced she will mount a run for president.

The news couldn’t have come as much of a shock to Farley, who told The Post-Journal during a meeting with our editorial board that she believed Gillibrand was running for president. Farley repeated her contention again during the candidates’ lone debate about two weeks before November’s election. Gillibrand was asked if her focus was on New York residents or on a presidential run, and Gillibrand answered that, if re-elected, “I will serve my six-year term.” Farley countered by saying, “Honestly, I don’t believe that,” she said. “She’s been in five other states, including New Hampshire, this month.”

Frankly, we don’t doubt that Gillibrand will end up serving her six-year term. Her inability to stick to positions on issues like gay marriage, gun control or the fact that she was even considering a run for president will make it difficult for her on the campaign trail. Another of Farley’s campaign contentions are damaging to Gillibrand, too — she just hasn’t gotten much done in the Senate unless you count making television appearances on the Colbert Show, the Daily Show or on news programs. Whether it’s good or bad, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-New York, has been much more productive and a much more consistent voice for Western New York.

Again, we don’t expect Gillibrand to make it far in this presidential campaign, but that’s not really the point. The senator asked for our votes while pledging that she would give New York residents her full attention for her six-year term. It turns out she lied. We hope New York residents remember that lie the next time Gillibrand’s Senate seat is open six long years from now. She doesn’t deserve your vote again.