Friday, January 23, 2009

Clinton's Senate successor is Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand: NY station

New York City television station WPIX is reporting tonight that the state's Democratic governor, David Paterson, has settled on Democratic Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand as the successor for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's now-vacant U.S. Senate seat.Democratic New York Representative Kirsten Gillibrand

Quoting unnamed sources, the station reported on its website moments ago (Hat Tip Don Surber) that the governor would make the announcement at noon Friday in Albany. He has reportedly invited the state's entire congressional delegation to attend then, but asked Gillibrand to arrive at 11.

The governor's office would not confirm or deny the report.

Gillibrand is a moderate Democrat, the 42-year-old mother of two young children who lives in Hudson, N.Y., and is in her second House term.

Most important, perhaps, for Paterson, Gillibrand (pronounced JILL-a-brand) gives him not only a female on his ticket in next year's statewide elections, when she must run to fill the remaining two years of Clinton's term; Gillibrand's also an upstater to balance the dominant downstate power of New Yorkers like himself and Clinton that arouses such traditional resentment in the north.

She's known as a Blue Dog Democrat, not always popular with liberals for her support of the National Rifle Assn. in her significantly rural 20th District, but said to be Clinton's favorite as her replacement.



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2 comments:

keyboard.jockey said...

Janet

I think this is who will eventually run the Democrat Party the Blue Dogs. There are what something like 70 some? In the House right now. I really believe the Progressives have no where to go but down...their wave has crested.

History Chasers said...

I was pretty pleased with this pick. Her Mom kills her own Thanksgiving turkey. LOL

Upper state New York is nothing like New York, New York.

Do you think Gov. Paterson informed Caroline of his decision and gave her a chance to exit gracefully?