[Ed. – Honestly, it hadn’t occurred to me that she wasn’t registering with voters because of Al Franken. Talk about not having my pulse on the finger. Whom can we trust to bleach the Oval Office for us now?]
At one point, Gillibrand looked on paper like a legitimate, if not formidable, presidential candidate — one with flaws but also the pluses of a perfect electoral record and a distinctly feminist message that looked like a compelling counter to Donald Trump. But Gillibrand, dogged by criticism for pushing for Sen. Al Franken’s resignation, never took flight.
It’s a cautionary tale for the remaining low-polling candidates struggling to compete against the four or five leaders of the field. …
Gillibrand, who championed women and families, railed against a spate of restrictive anti-abortion laws in Republican states, making it a rallying cry for her presidential run. But it still didn’t generate attention: Days ahead of the implementation of a new anti-abortion law in Missouri in late August, Gillibrand held a town hall to bring attention to it, but no national news organization showed up.