Friday, January 23, 2009

Gillibrand Named Junior Senator from NY

New York Governor David Paterson has named Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand to fill the Senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton.

When I heard Gillibrand's name bandied about I remembered her as a Blue Dog Democrat. Most blue dogs come from the South. However, Gillibrand is from upstate New York which is far more conservative than the Upper West Side. Gillibrand is a strong Second Amendment supporter and takes a tough stance on illegal immigration. However, she is socially liberal on issues stem cells and gay marriage. She might be the only member of Congress who has a 100% rating from both the NRA and the ACLU. Gillibrand was first elected to Congress in 2006 and was re-elected last November. At 42, she will be the youngest member of the U.S. Senate.

Gillibrand will have to run in 2010 so for all intents and purposes her election campaign begins now. It will be interesting to see who the GOP runs against her. But if Gillibrand can get both NRA and ACLU types to vote for her then Republicans are in trouble.

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