A Republican rival of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says that Gillibrand must come clean about her family’s connection to an alleged sex-slave cult in upstate New York whose leader was arrested by the FBI on Monday. GOP senatorial candidate Chele Farley noted that Gillibrand’s father, Doug Rutnik, was once a lobbyist for NXIVM and its founder, Keith Raniere.
“For Kirsten Gillibrand, the self-proclaimed #MeToo Senator, to claim ignorance about a notorious sex-slave cult, in her own backyard, is simply hard to believe,” said Farley. A Gillibrand spokesman Tuesday referred The New York Post to a statement to Post columnist Richard Johnson last November, claiming she knew nothing.
“Senator Gillibrand had never heard of this group until she recently read about them in the newspaper,” said the spokesman, Glen Caplin.