Kirsten Gillibrand presidential run: not far from her home in Brunswick

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Kirsten Gillibrand presidential run: not far from her home in Brunswick.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand appears all but certain to soon launch a 2020 presidential campaign.

Gillibrand, a Democrat, has keyed in on the Rensselaer County city of Troy as a potential headquarters for a 2020 campaign, not far from her home in Brunswick, The Associated Press reported Thursday.

Next weekend, Politico reports Gillibrand is planning on traveling to Iowa, whose presidential caucuses are a key first step in the primary season.

And she’s been staffing up for a potential bid, selecting a campaign manager, communications directors and other key positions for the coming campaign, according to various reports.

A spokesman for Gillibrand did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday.

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Mulling a run for months
Gillibrand has been publicly mulling a presidential run since cruising to reelection in November.

She is expected to formally announce her run in the coming days or weeks.

Long rumored to have aspirations for higher office, she first publicly confirmed she was considering a 2020 bid on Nov. 8, two days after she cruised to a reelection win in New York.

“I believe right now that every one of us should figure out how we can do whatever we can with our time, with our talents to restore that moral decency, that moral compass and that truth of who we are as Americans, so I will promise you I will give it a long, hard thought of consideration,” Gillibrand said then on CBS’ The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.

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Gillibrand, 52, has been New York’s junior senator since 2009, when she was selected by then-Gov. David Paterson to succeed Hillary Clinton, who had become secretary of state.

She’s been easily reelected three times since then — in 2010, 2012 and 2018.

Prior to that, she was a congresswoman representing an Albany-area district from 2007 until she was appointed senator.

Gillibrand’s apparent run comes despite repeatedly pledging to serve a full six-year term in the Senate, which would run through 2024.

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Her most public pledge came during an October 2018 debate.

“I will serve my six-year term,” she said then.

That led to a quick rebuttal from Republican opponent Chele Farley: “Honestly, I don’t believe that.”

The New York Times reported Friday that Gillibrand had hired Meredith Kelly, a former spokesman for Sen. Charles Schumer and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, as her 2020 communications director.

Her campaign staff will be run by Jess Fassler, her chief of staff in the Senate, and Dan McNally, who worked for Senate Democrats, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Both reports cited unnamed people who were familiar with the hirings.

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