Friday, January 23, 2009

Paterson picks Gillibrand

By Michael J.W. Stickings

(Updating my post from earlier today.)

The "confusing and even embarrassing two-month ordeal," as the Times put it, is finally over. As expected, and at long last, New York Governor David Paterson has named Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand to fill Hillary's vacated spot in the Senate.

Earlier, I suggested that Gillibrand, who represents a pro-Bush district, is "almost a Republican." Almost? I'd say she pretty much is, what with a 100% approval rating from the NRA, support for the Iraq War, and, as she herself put it, "one of the most conservative" voting records in the state, including voting for the FISA bill that included telecom immunity and to lift the ban on the possession of semi-automatic weapons in D.C. Her father was close to former Republican Governor George Pataki. She even once interned for former Senator Al D'Amato, a conservative and hyper-partisan Republican. (For more, see Eve Fairbanks' "Ten Things You Didn't Know About Kirsten Gillibrand" over at The Plank.)

What a horrible, horrible pick.

(Much more reaction at Memeorandum.)

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  • now, michael, it's new york politics :) paterson has his own election to think about and this was political maneuvering here in the the most corrupt state in the union- politically speaking. she's an upstater with rethuglican ties and her district only elected her because she looked and sounded like a rethug. trust me- i live less than two hours from her western most part of the district. deliverance land. on the positive side- apparently, she got high marks from civil liberties groups. :) and hopefully, we can vote her out in 2010.

    By Blogger billie, at 10:15 AM  

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