Here they come! It’s her it’s her!! WOOHOO!!!!!!!!
Al D’Amato is on the stage I am going to take a wild leap and hit publish now it must be Kirsten!!!…
Governor Paterson just made the announcement!!
covered by FOX LIVE here, the noon presser…here is a lady we need for this seat!!!! Have we mentioned this is the candidate Hillary supported for the job? And you KNOW how we at MiM love moderates, a Blue Dawg Dem is Gillibrand… :0) And we think it is just AWESOME that Rep. Gillibrand has a brand new baby, LOVE it when a mom gets promoted. Children are NOT a bar to a successful career and Governor Paterson knows it! Rep. Gillibrand is the only NY Dem who voted against the 700b TARP boondoggle FYI, not easily pressured is Gillbrand. :0)
Please thank Governor Paterson if you are in NYS:
David A. Paterson
Albany, NY 12224
Update: Politico picked it up and notes the voting record issue is on guns. Gillibrand has a top rating with the NRA and has written amicus briefs in support of gun rights per the piece. Remember, upstate NY is quite red, and this position while right of many DEM comfort zones, makes her an attractive 2010 campaign prospect for Paterson…:
Still, Gillibrand’s pro-gun positions have aroused opposition in a state where most Democrats, and many Republicans, favor stringent gun control measures. She earned the NRA’s top rating last year and backed a repeal of Washington D.C.’s hand gun ban—even submitting an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in support of pro-gun groups.
“She would not be my choice and I talked to the governor about it two weeks ago,” McCarthy told Politico last night. “This morning I basically started getting calls saying he was going to choose her and I had to speak out, even at the risk of alienating the governor. I do not believe New York should have a senator who has these positions… I just came through the 15th anniversary of when my husband was killed and I my son was maimed from the shooting.”
Several anti-gun groups, including New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, spent Thursday calling Paterson’s office to urge him to pick someone else.
This is UNCONFIRMED BREAKING news…..
all ROY no confirmation yet, but if accurate, Congratulations Rep. Gillibrand!!
As it just broke by WPIX:
PIX NEWS is being told that Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand is the reported choice of Governor David Paterson to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton.
Two members of that delegation, agreeing to speak without attribution, told me that the Governor has telephoned New York’s Democratic members of Congress for their views after Caroline Kennedy withdrew herself from consideration. One of the contenders, longterm Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney canceled a scheduled appearance on “PIX News Closeup” tomorrow because of a “conflict,” which she did not disclose. She too will be in Albany. According to the sources, Gillibrand, now in her second congressional term, was favored by Secretary of State Clinton herself. Paterson has been under pressure to select a woman.
With most Democratic leaders in Albany coming from the New York City area, one source said this would be an important move for the Governor to have a Senator from upstate. Sources say Gillibrand would be an asset to Paterson in any bid for election in 2010.
While some insist Gillibrand is the Governor’s choice, another New York Congressman cautioned tonight that “It’s not a done deal.” He claims there is some political in-fighting and ongoing conversations with the Governor. There appears to be some challenge to Gillibrand’s voting record. She’s now serving her second term. Reached for comment, the Dean of New York’s Congressional delegation, Charlie Rangel, would say nothing more than that he’s been invited to join the governor for an announcement tomorrow morning.
More on Rep. Gillebrand from her House website:
In her first term in office, Congresswoman Gillibrand has established herself as an independent leader in Congress. She was the lead sponsor of legislation that would implement the bipartisan 9/11 Commission Recommendations, which will help protect our borders and keep America safe. She has been an advocate for decreased federal spending, and introduced legislation that would require the federal government – just as all New York families do – to balance their budget every year. Finally, she has made tax cuts for Upstate and North Country families, one of her highest priorities. She has authored legislation that would double the tax credit for child care expenses and make up to $10,000 in college tuition tax deductible.
Congresswoman Gillibrand has taken unprecedented steps to make her office accountable and transparent to her constituents. She was the first Member of Congress to publish their public schedule online at the end of each day, and as a strong proponent of earmark reform, she voluntarily released every earmark that she requested that would invest in Upstate and North Country priorities.
Congresswoman Gillibrand serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the Agriculture Committee . On the Armed Services Committee, Representative Gillibrand serves on the Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities subcommittee and the Seapower subcommittee. On the Agriculture Committee Representative Gillibrand serves on the Livestock, Dairy and Poultry subcommittee, Conservation Credit Energy and Research subcommittee and the Horticulture and Organic Agriculture subcommittee.
In addition to her committee assignments, Congresswoman Gillibrand founded the Congressional High Tech Caucus with Representative Michael McCaul (R-TX) with the goal of ensuring that the United States remains at the forefront of emerging technologies and high tech industries.
During the administration of President Clinton, Gillibrand served as Special Counsel to the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Andrew Cuomo. At HUD she played a key role in furthering HUD’s Labor Initiative and New Markets initiative, working to strengthen enforcement of the Davis-Bacon Act and drafting new markets legislation for public and private investment in building infrastructure to revitalize lower income areas across the nation. Following federal service, Congresswoman Gillibrand entered the private sector, joining one of the Country’s premier law firms. As a partner in the firm, she worked on a wide range of legal and policy related issues, requiring the knowledge and ability to negotiate on the highest levels, skills which serve her constituents well as a Member of Congress.
Kirsten Gillibrand is a firm believer that those in a position to do so have an obligation to “give back” by serving their community. In addition to her responsibilities at the law firm, she maintained an extensive pro-bono practice for clients whose voices are seldom heard and needs seldom addressed. Her service on behalf of abused women and their children, and tenants seeking safe affordable housing without lead paint hazards has been tireless. At the heart of Representative Gillibrand’s core values is the inspiration of her grandmother, Dorothea (Polly) Noonan, who was a founder of the area’s first Women’s Democratic Club and was a pioneer for women’s rights in the region.
Carolyn Maloney was our first choice at MiM, but Rep. Gillibrand is also very well qualified and has been an elected public servant to the people of NY. She knows her constituents upstate and their needs and has wider, national experience as counsel to…. wait for it…Andrew Cuomo! small small world is politics….congratulations NY!!
As we approach Hillary’s confirmation hearing next week, and the subsequent appointment of a replacement to fulfill her term as the Junior Senator of NY, let’s see what the fabulous Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) has been up to the past few weeks, to get a further view of how very qualified and ready she is for this very important role. She is a worker and a fighter, and we have never seen her rest on her laurels.
She IS campaigning for the spot, quietly, with the people directly…