When Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) was appointed Secretary of State by President Barack Obama in 2009, New York governor David Paterson selected Kirsten Gillibrand to fill the Senate vacancy.

Liberal Democrats, primarily from downstate (New York City) were not happy with the pick of the upstate Congresswoman with moderately conservative credentials. But, as Paterson knew, Gillibrand had won her House seat in 2006 and 2008 in a district gerrymandered to be in the Republican column.

As a Senator, she moved her political positions towards a far more liberal/progressive agenda. Her first early issue that I was aware of, though, didn’t seem to skew left or right, as she worked hard for passage of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.

She has become a champion for victims of sexual assault, first in the military and then nationwide. She said, “This is a moment in time, unlike any other, with the ‘Me Too’ movement. Women are feeling the ability to tell what happened to them, some of the worst moments they’ve lived, and tell it publicly, and that is powerful and it is affecting everything.”

She’s also championed female candidates for office with the group Off The Sidelines, which professes not taking any corporate PAC money.

In 2017, no senator voted more often against the regime’s Cabinet nominees than Kirsten Gillibrand. She said recently: “We have a president who silences and demeans women, rigs the economy so corporations and the wealthiest few get richer while American families get by on less, allows the NRA to dictate his gun policy and threatens Dreamers with deportation from the country they call home. And what’s worse, the Republican Party has fallen in line behind him.”

A vulgar and suggestive message from the Tweeter-in-chief may have done her more political good than harm. The Washington Post reported that he raised her profile and fired up her supporters. She denies that she’s a contender for the 2020 presidential election.

She has been quite visible on television of late, including a 60 Minutes profile. “We are here to help people. We are here to put others first, to live a day in their shoes, to understand what their life is like and try to make it better.”

Kirsten Gillibrand is running for re-election to the Senate in 2018, and it appears extremely unlikely that she could lose.

For ABC Wednesday

6 Responses to “K is for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand”

  • Uthaclena says:

    I admire Kirsten despite many people’s animosity toward her for having been one of the Democrats who urged Senator Al Franken to resign for what by all indications was simply adolescent sexual offensiveness. I understand that, as an advocate for an end to sexual harassment of women, she may have felt it necessary to “draw a line in the sand,” otherwise she would be in danger of being painted a hypocrite. Her alliance with a “repentant” Senator Cory Booker, however, gives me concern. Centrist Democrats will have a hard time attracting Progressives while they continue to accept contributions from Corporate sponsors.

  • I don’t know her, never heard of here before either…. won’t suprise you I presume 😉

    I know nothing about politics, not even in my own countrye.. to me they’re all not trustworthy and less nicer words I could wwrite here now ;-0

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  • I’m glad we have her in the Senate. We need more like her in both the House and Senate.

  • Jessika says:

    Hi there, its fastidious piece of writing about media
    print, we all understand media is a wonderful source of information.

  • Great political post ~

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
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  • ann says:

    Roger, politics are messy these days. Don’t think it matters what party you belong to.!
    Ann

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