New York Rep. Maloney endorses Gillibrand for president

New York Rep. Maloney endorses Gillibrand for president
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Rep. Carolyn MaloneyCarolyn Bosher MaloneyPelosi, Democrats unveil bills to rein in alleged White House abuses of power Government watchdog recommends creation of White House cyber director position Top Democrats call for DOJ watchdog to probe Barr over possible 2020 election influence MORE (D) on Sunday endorsed her colleague from New York, Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandSunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for SCOTUS confirmation hearings before election Sunday shows preview: Justice Ginsburg dies, sparking partisan battle over vacancy before election Suburban moms are going to decide the 2020 election 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 TrumpBiden says voters should choose who nominates Supreme Court justice Trump, Biden will not shake hands at first debate due to COVID-19 Pelosi: Trump Supreme Court pick 'threatens' Affordable Care Act 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. 

Two representatives from New York, Kathleen RiceKathleen Maura RiceHillicon Valley: Simulated cyberattack success | New bill for election security funding | Amazon could be liable for defective products Lawmakers introduce bill to help election officials address cyber vulnerabilities House lawmakers to launch probe into DHS excluding NY from Trusted Traveler Program MORE (D) and Sean MaloneySean Patrick MaloneyAudience cheers Maloney for getting Sondland to say he assumes Trump 'would benefit' from investigation into Bidens Applause breaks out after Vindman says he's not worried about testifying because 'this is America' Live coverage: House holds third day of public impeachment hearings MORE (D), have endorsed former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) in the 2020 race.