Kirsten Gillibrand headed to Coral Gables for fundraiser
Kirsten Gillibrand tapped South Florida communications executive David Duckenfield as a campaign advisor.

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David Duckenfield, Debra Weiss Goodstone will host breakfast for presidential contender.

Supporters will host a fundraiser Tuesday for Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand in Coral Gables.

The event supporting the New York Senator will take place at the Hotel St. Michael, where guests will pay a minimum $500 a plate. “Champion” supporters will pay $1,000, while “Sponsors” will drop $2,800.

Marketing executive David Duckenfield and Miami attorney Debra Weiss Goodstone will host the event.

Duckenfield, president of Balsera Communications, served in President Barack Obama’s administration as assistant secretary of in the State Department’s Public Affairs Bureau.

Gillibrand tapped Duckenfield as a campaign adviser last month. He serves on both her political and finance teams.

“Proud to support her sensible, pragmatic & brave approach to tackling the tough issues we face,” Duckenfield tweeted at the time.

Goodstone, a partner at Boies Schiller Flexner, has been active with both the Florida Bar and American Bar Association. She previously served as Miami Beach’s chief deputy city attorney and on the city’s charter review commission.

She previously donated to Gillibrand’s Senate campaign in New York. She also heavily donated to Democrat Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

Gillibrand, who holds Clinton’s old Senate seat, announced in January she would run for President. She formally launched her campaign in March.

Polling shows she has struggled to break out in the crowded field.

RealClearPolitics’ RCP Polling Average shows her polling under 1 percent.

That index suggests former Vice President Joe Biden is running away with the nomination. He sits at 41 percent in the aggregate poll, for ahead of Vermont Sen, Bernie Sanders at 15 percent.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].

One comment

  • Mary Pezzi

    May 11, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    Kirsten Gillibrand is exactly the kind of big-money donor backed candidates, who might be elected by the corporate-wing Democrats and by some path forward become the Presidential candidate, but never have a path to the White House because most voters are looking for REAL CHANGE (including 1/3 of all voters, who are not affiliated with a political party.) In 2016 Clinton promised more funding for the Democratic Party and reopened the door to direct funding from federal lobbyists — after Obama had CLOSED that pay-to-play door. The only REAL candidates were Trump vs Sanders, who both drew crowds of 10,000 to 40,000 across the country… while Clinton’s crowds averaged about 300 to 1,000. She gave almost zero press conferences to outline the “issues” so we saw a lot of fluff pieces on her colorful pant suits and her gushing about being the first female president as her main points. Meanwhile, Both Trump and Sanders were strongly AGAINST her push for a Trans Pacific Partnership (ie employing another 1/3 of the world’s cheap labor force to undercut American workers, without any protection.) She was also against a $15 minimum wage, saying that she would be “willing” to fight for $12. Her idea of help for the estimated 50% unemployed youth with high school diplomas in inner cities was to pledge MORE SUBSIDIES for WALMART etc. to hire them…. to fill low-wage jobs they already hire vast minorities to fill. No Thanks! If the “New Democrats” push through a Biden, Harris, Gillibrand, Booker, O’Rorke or Mayor Pete candidate running on a “centrist” platform, I will just be one of the many Democrats willing to give the disrupter a second term. It’s the best thing real Democrats can do to watch the corporate-power die in the Democratic Party.

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