An anonymous ex-staffer of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) stated that she would lose the primary to almost any potential challenger, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), at this point in time, due to her being so "invisible."
"There are any number of state lawmakers, local officials and members of the delegation –including AOC — who could mount a very, very credible challenge and quite likely beat her," the ex-staffer said, adding that the once-vigorous lawmaker now seemed "bored" in the Senate and is missing in action statewide.
According to the New York Post, the source continued, speculating that Gillibrand may be fading from public life on purpose, saying: "It wouldn't at all surprise me if there were truth to the rumors that she's not planning to run, but instead is on the lookout for an administration position or a cushy private sector job."
Longtime city Democratic strategist Hank Sheinkopf agreed with the insider, stating that "AOC can beat Kirsten Gillibrand. AOC will raise the money. She can beat her because Kirsten Gillibrand is the invisible senator."
"She has done very little to cement that incumbency and the electorate is angry and she has done nothing to address the issues that matter — which are COVID, crime and job loss in New York State," Sheinkopf continued.
Gillibrand not only has been out of the public eye, she has also sold five-bedroom home in upstate Brunswick last year. She is currently registered to vote at an Albany address owned by her mother. A stately DC townhouse the family owned was sold this month for $2 million, the New York Post reported.
She at first stopped short of calling on now-ex New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign following allegations from accusers, though she was the first senator to ask for former Sen. Al Franken's resignation when he was similarly accused.
Gillibrand later released a joint statement lambasting Cuomo.
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