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Kirsten Gillibrand for NY Senate Seat

Fox News, this monring: [1]


Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand, in a picture taken by USA TODAY when she was a freshmen congresswoman

New York Gov. David Paterson will name Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand, an upstate Democrat, to replace Hillary Clinton in the U.S. Senate, a Democratic official with knowledge of the governor’s decision told FOX News on Thursday night.
Gillibrand, elected in 2006, represents the state’s 20th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives. She is the first Democrat to represent the district since 1978 — and the first female representative of the district.

Paterson is scheduled to formally announce his pick Friday.

Hmmm. Something totally out of left field, and running against the CW in several ways.

Now, there’s the usual game of claiming she’s from ‘Upstate’… a typical ploy from people who are under the laughable misconception that ‘upstate’ NY is anything north of Nyack. The fact is, Gillibrand is an insider of the first order. It’s unclear what motivates Patterson, here, but it seems reasonable that he figures Gillibrand will soften the screaming that’s been coming from the real upstate types… myself included… about his constantly bending over forward for anything SOUTH of Nyack. She’s from the Albany area, her district basically hugs 87, NYC to Albany. She’s an NRA supporter, is against Homosexual “Marriage”, and is a mother of two. She also had serious problems with Eliot (Number 9) Spitzer on the issue of giving drivers licenses to illegals.

When we look into her work during the Clinton misadministration, however, we see Hillary Clinton and/or Andrew Cuomo may will have had a hand in her appointment.  My memory is admittedly fuzzy, but I seem to recall she served as a Special Counsel to the Cuomo when he was Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the Clinton years. There was some speculation at the time she caught that appointment because she was hand picked by Hillary Clinton.

You’ll recall, also that we mentioned Cuomo was the odds on favorite for the position… and that was certainly the CW… so that may also be a connection. Patterson may be thinking it’s going to annoy both Hillary and Cuomo equally, thus keeping him out of the soup somewhat. A very politic move.

That said, there seems enough to annoy the liberal downstaters, here, this being a move to the right for the seat…and I fully expect the screaming among the Obamatons to start before the end of the day.