Sen. Gillibrand Said Opponent Made Her Look Like A ‘Crazed Witch’

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Betsy Rothstein Gossip blogger
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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) often pops up in the pot of potential future presidential hopefuls.

Some things you may want to know about her:

A. She’s not afraid to cry. She did so the morning after Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 presidential election to Donald Trump. “I didn’t break down into tears until the next morning when I woke up at 6 a.m. Then I felt we were in a very dangerous time.”

B. She joins the movement of women who’ve been denounced because she’s a woman.

She recently told Harper’s BAZAAR that her opponent from her 2006 congressional race — then-GOP Rep. John Sweeney — called her “just a pretty face” and then created a mailer “with the ugliest” picture of her. “With a green wash so I looked like a crazed witch,” she explained. “When you talk about women’s appearance it distracts the voter from what she’s running for. Sexism is alive and well in politics as it is in all industries.”

That campaign had a November surprise.

On Nov. 1, a late December 2005 police report emerged in which Sweeney’s wife called 9-1-1 for “knocking her around the house.”

Gillibrand told the mag that the women’s march after Trump’s victory was the “most inspiring moment” in her political life.

Now she’s on a mission to get more women involved in politics.