Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) told New York Magazine that her core political worldview is that congresspeople are “here to help people, and if we’re not helping people, we should go the f–k home.”
She is a fiery progressive from upstate New York who has demonstrated a strong loyalty to her principles. Gillibrand cast more ‘No’ votes during confirmation hearings for President Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees than any other Senator – even beating Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). She also plans to spearhead the filibuster against Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch this week.
Insisting that her decision is based on merit, Gillibrand says, “I look at each nominee. If they suck, I vote against them. If they’re worthy, I vote for them.” We should believe her.
Gillibrand is willing to work across the aisle when it is truly to help the people. She has cosponsored legislation to protect senior citizens from fraud with Senator Susan Collins (R-ME). She believes that Collins shares the same “help the people or go the f–k home” worldview, a rarity among Republicans.
Gillibrand’s support for progressive causes is evidenced by her praise for the Women’s March, which mobilized over 3 million Americans, calling it “the most inspiring moment of my life — because I believed five years ago that the women’s movement was dead.”
We need more elected officials committed to standing up for the American people and holding themselves accountable for the effects their decisions have on the public.
Right now Congress is bursting with Republicans who are motivated by the monied interests that fund their campaigns, and the White House has been stuffed with billionaire bankers. If it’s time for anyone to “go the f-k home,” it’s them.
Marisa completed her undergraduate degree in 2013 at the University of Wisconsin with a double major in creative writing and media studies. She is an advocate of progressive policies and focuses her interests on gender equality and preventing sexual and domestic violence.