Kirsten Gillibrand has been on everyone’s list of potential Democratic challengers in 2020. She has been vocal and effective in speaking out against Trump and his agenda. She would be a very compelling candidate but, alas, it is not to be, at least not in the next cycle.
She had in the past dodged answering the question definitively or “demurred,” as they say. Elected officials always say their focus is doing the job they were elected to do, but this time it’s different.
On Monday, during a stop at Fort Drum in northern New York, Gillibrand told reporters she’s “dedicated to serving our state as our senator, and I’m running for reelection so I can continue to be their senator.” When asked if she was ruling out a presidential run in 2020 she was more definitive. “I’m focused entirely on running for Senate, so yes, I’m ruling it out,” she said.
Maybe there’s some wiggle room in that answer, but probably not.