Kirsten Gillibrand Wants to Prove She's Not Weak

Kirstin Gillibrand (Photo: U.S. Senate)

Yesterday, Democratic Senator Kirstin Gillibrand launched a push to raise $120,000 before the end-of-the-year reporting deadline hits Saturday. This morning, Senator Gillibrand’s finance director, Ross Offinger sent an email urging supporters to help her meet the fundraising goal to prove the senator is a strong candidate. “We can’t fall short and let the Republicans claim Kirsten is weak as more of their candidates are set to announce,” Mr. Offinger wrote. “That’s why she needs your contribution right now.”

Mr. Offinger said Senator Gillibrand has raised $80,173 of her goal for the month leaving her with $39,827 remaining to reach $120,000.

Senator Gillibrand was appointed to the Senate by former Governor David Paterson in 2009 after Hillary Clinton vacated her senate seat to become President Barack Obama’s Secretary of State. In 2010, Senator Gillibrand held on to her seat by defeating Republican Joseph DioGuardi by nearly 30 percent.

Despite her easy victory in 2010 and a lack of challengers signing up to face her next year, Senator Gillibrand has struggled to win the approval of New York voters. Recent polls have shown only about two in five New Yorkers approve of the job Senator Gillibrand is doing and 16% of voters say they don’t know enough about her to make a decision either way. Fundraising hasn’t been as much of a problem for the senator, who has raised more money from Wall Street firms than any other senator facing an election in 2012. Kirsten Gillibrand Wants to Prove She's Not Weak