Presidential candidate and recipient of “Champion of Justice Award” from #VoicesAgainstViolence caught posing for photos with a known alleged domestic abuser
On Wednesday, August 14, self-proclaimed “lifelong fighter for women,” United States Senator from New York, and presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand was posing for photos with Kendall Hicks, a candidate for Public Safety Commissioner in Saratoga Springs, New York, who has a documented history of domestic abuse.
Hicks, who is vying to lead the city’s police department, in 2013 was arrested and charged with third-degree assault and second-degree reckless endangerment. According to detailed police reports, Hicks dragged a young woman out of her vehicle, then forced her to the ground and struck her repeatedly causing injury.
“This is a bellwether moment for Sen. Gillibrand. Knowing about these facts and being used by an alleged domestic abuser, is she going to denounce it or remain silent? This speaks volumes to her presidential aspirations,” said Saratoga County Republican Chairman Carl Zeilman.
“Either Kirsten Gillibrand is a hypocrite by posing with an alleged domestic abuser, or she was careless enough to pose for multiple photos with a man who has a history of domestic abuse. Neither is acceptable. We hope that this was a temporary lapse in Sen. Gillibrand’s judgement and we strongly urge her to do the right thing – just as she did against former US Senator Al Franken and President Bill Clinton – and denounce the actions of Mr. Hicks and withdraw her support of his candidacy.