One Thumb Up, One Side Ways For Kirsten Gillibrand’s 2020 Candidacy

A basic review of presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand’s professional career and congressional record. Over the next few months, I’ll be examining every candidate throwing their hat into the 2020 race for the Democratic Nomination for President. I won’t be doing any GOP reviews unless the old

One Thumb Up, One Side Ways For Kirsten Gillibrand’s 2020 Candidacy
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, 2020 Democratic candidate for President. Source

Housekeeping

Over the next few months, I’ll be examining every candidate throwing their hat into the 2020 race for the Democratic Nomination for President. I won’t be doing any GOP reviews unless the old party of today dies off, reorganizes, apologies…and well, you get my drift.

The GOP have proven time and time again they aren’t even remotely interested in making America better, prosperous, healthy or safe, especially after the devastating impact. So, I have only one place to look for future leadership prospects. I’m must still filter my evils in order to select the lesser of the two. I decided to make it a thing this year and take my readers along. I don’t want anyone to be misled by words in the era of fake news and half-truths.

Now, onto my review of Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand background.

My General Analysis:

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s entire focus during her Congressional career on healthcare for all (see the link from the Library of Congress below) has been solid. She’s made noble attempts to make the lives better for all sorts of Americans during her time in Congress. I was impressed, to say the least. Her last year wasn’t loaded with last-minute attempts to fill her profile with junk bills to make it seems as though she’s been for all the people all the time.

During the 110th Congress (2008) under the Civil Rights Category, Senator Gillibrand introduced a House Resolution apologizing for the enslavement and racial segregation of African Americans. She also introduced the Home Act of 2011 which amends the Fair Housing Act prohibiting discrimination in housing sales and rentals, residential real estate-related transactions, and brokerage services, to specify that the race, color, religion, sex, familial status, or national origin basis of discrimination may be actual or perceived. The proposed amendment added to the list of prohibited actual or perceived bases sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, and source of income.

Gillibrand introduced numerous other bills during her time in Congress in support of Elder LGBTQ Rights, Protection of Social Security, Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention, Child Sex Trafficking Data and Response, Disaster Displacement, Family Stability and Kinship Care, Access to Birth Control, Rural Access to Hospice, and numerous bills in support of various healthcare issues that all Americans would be able to benefit from.

Please keep in mind many of the resolutions and bills introduced did not go on to become bills, it simply means the authors of those bills and resolutions made an attempt at legislation. They cared enough to go to work and make a bill and put it on record.

Also keep in mind Republicans held Congress during this entire time, so…the Dems had to kick rocks.

My point is that she made good attempts to do a variety of good things. She’s “reinvented herself” so to speak. She hasn’t always been for the people, like most of the people in Congress.

To check out the bills and resolutions Gillibrand’s associated with, visit the Library of Congress link below and search using the “Subjects” criteria:

Kirsten E. Gillibrand
Sponsored legislation by Kirsten E. Gillibrand, the Senator from New York - in Congress from 2019 through Present

My Concerns/Apprehensions

According to Gillibrand’s Wikipedia page, she has worked for one of the world’s largest law firms (David Polk) as an attorney defending big Tobacco successfully against the U.S. Department of Justice (Phillip Morris).

Senator Gillibrand has not always worked for the people. She used to work for the very corporations she rails against today. It makes me wonder whether her switch from the private to public sectors was just for this moment. Also of note, she took Hillary Clinton’s old seat, the queen of feminism. I have a little apprehension about her motives. Gillibrand may also have strong ties to lobbyists (her father was one).

During Gillibrand’s time at Davis Polk, she was best known for her work as a defense attorney for Philip Morris during major litigation, including both civil lawsuits and U.S. Justice Department criminal and civil racketeering probes.

In the mid-1990s, Gillibrand helped Philip Morris defend itself from a U.S. Justice Department criminal perjury investigation. The government was attempting to gain access to research from the company that would prove that executives had lied about the dangers of smoking during hearings before the U.S. Congress.

As part of her work for Philip Morris, she traveled to the company’s laboratory in Germany, where she interviewed scientists about their research on the correlation between smoking and cancer risks. Though not released publicly, the research showed a connection between smoking and cancer. She learned the truth and protected her client, big tobacco.

The government abandoned its criminal inquiry against Philip Morris in 1999. Basically, people were afraid to talk without guarantees of immunity, so there were no witnesses available to testify against big tobacco. The government wanted a win, but the web was so tangled it was impossible causing the case against big tobacco to collapse. There was also a question of the government’s motives since they chose to drop criminal proceedings to purse a civil case.

In any event, Gillibrand aided big tobacco in covering up their lies told to consumers of cigarettes/tobacco and the government about the safety of consuming tobacco.

Meditate on how many individuals died and families were impacted by first and second-hand smoke. Gillibrand helped big tobacco get away with murder, literally. Now feminists want to anoint her and give her a halo.

Whatever floats your boat!

My Conclusion

I wonder if all of Senator Gillibrand’s health-related legislation is from her conscience bothering her, her ties to lobbyists, or worst, self-dealing. People like this don’t make don’t make career changes from the private sector to the public sector without a motive in my personal opinion.

I don’t really know how I feel about Senator Gillibrand. While I understand people really can change, I also know politics and politicians well. They never do anything by happenstance. They make calculated risks for their pocketbooks and bank accounts and for their professional careers. I’ll be watching closing of the next year to her words and how she engages with communities of color.

There is very little evidence to demonstrate she’s ever been engaged with those communities which may explain some of her legislation.

I feel like Gillibrand could be the female equivalent William Barr and Justice Kavanaugh when it comes to punching all the tickets, privilege, strategic planning, and being well-connected all rolled up into a soft blanket of Whiteness. This step in running for President in 2020 is more about a rite of passage and the right time more than it is the right thing to do for the people of America.

Senator Gillibrand comes from a background of privilege, and I’m not sure if she’s going to be able to demonstrate she can connect with the rest of America. Her history of being in bed with big tobacco likely won’t help her either. But who knows in the age of Donald Trump’s America. It seems people have no moral and ethics these days.

In any event, you’ll have to make your own decisions and come to your own conclusion about Senator Gillibrand’s present and her past.

I just gave you some information to make an informed one.

Marley K, 2018

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