New York Rep. Maloney endorses Gillibrand for president

New York Rep. Maloney endorses Gillibrand for president
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Rep. Carolyn MaloneyCarolyn Bosher MaloneyCracks form in Democratic dam against impeachment US women's soccer team reignites equal pay push New York congresswoman calls for helicopter ban after fatal crash MORE (D) on Sunday endorsed her colleague from New York, Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandWarren visits migrant care shelter, says children being marched 'like little prisoners' Where 2020 Democrats stand in betting markets ahead of first debate GOP lays debate trap for 2020 Democrats MORE (D-N.Y.), for president.

"I am proud to endorse my friend @SenGillibrand to be our next President and the nation's first woman President," Maloney wrote on Twitter.

"I saw her tenacity when we fought together to pass the 9/11 Health bill and know she has what it takes to defeat Trump." 

Gillibrand officially announced her 2020 candidacy on Sunday after having formed an exploratory committee in January.

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The 52-year-old New York lawmaker joins a crowded and diverse pool of Democratic candidates vying to take on President TrumpDonald John Trump2020 Democrats spar over socialism ahead of first debate Senate passes .5 billion border bill, setting up fight with House 'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again MORE in 2020. She is one of six women who have announced runs so far.

Maloney's endorsement is Gillibrand's first so far from a sitting member of Congress, according to Politico. 

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