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Kirsten Gillibrand on Monday said she's not opposed to 'second chances' for Halperin and Franken

A file photo of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand delivering her victory speech at a Democratic election night candidates party. (Nov. 2, 2010) Photo Credit: AP

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Monday weighed in on the apparent attempts at comebacks from Mark Halperin and Al Franken, arguing that America is a country of second chances.

Both Halperin and Franken saw their careers derailed during the #MeToo movement, with Gillibrand playing a central role in calling for Franken's resignation from the Senate.

“It’s not for me to judge,” Gillibrand said of Halperin's return to the public eye, echoing similar language she used in regards to Franken. “It’s a choice that any individual can make and they just make it. It starts with humility and a recognition that you acknowledge that you’ve done something wrong.”

Gillibrand’s struggling campaign has reportedly been dogged by her aggressiveness toward her former colleague and friend — she was the first senator to call for Franken’s resignation, though she was soon followed by three dozen others — as Democratic donors threatened a backlash over the move.

19th August 2019

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