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Kirsten Gillibrand to Replace Hillary Clinton in Senate January 23, 2009

Posted by neoavatara in Politics.
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Gov. David Paterson, defying the liberal wing of his Democratic Party, has chosen little-known, NRA-backed, upstate Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand to succeed Hillary as senator from New York.  Rep. Gillibrand is an attractive conservative Democrat from upstate, who beat a Republican in 2006 to win her seat.  But when I say conservative,  I mean it.  She was backed by the National Rifle Association.  She voted with Republicans against TARP in October.    She has been reluctant to back any gay marriage amendment in New York.  And to the shagrin of liberals, she supports extension of the Bush tax cuts.

Liberals in the state are outraged, especially after the dumping of Caroline Kennedy in the past few days.  Many statements from Gov. Paterson’s camp said Kennedy was not ‘ready for primetime’; how Gillibrand is somehow ready, I don’t know.  Reports are that the Clintons are not all that pleased with the pick either.  Gillibrand is many things, but she is not experienced, with only 2 years in Congress to her credit.

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