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Friday, January 23, 2009

Caroline out; Kirsten in

This broke late yesterday after the tit-for-tat between Governor David Paterson and Caroline Kennedy. He made a choice, and it wasn't Caroline. It's Kirsten Gillibrand from New York's 20th congressional district:

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.

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.

Yes, she opposes gun control, and yes she's a Blue Dog. But she's for stem-cell research, same sex marriage, and opposes partially privatizing Social Security. She broke with former Governor Eliot Spitzer on giving driver's licenses to illegal aliens. She did, and still does support the Bush tax cuts, which will expire at the end of 2010.

Here is her page at On The Issues where she is labeled a Blue Dog conservative Democrat, but at the bottom of the page she is described as a populist leaning liberal.

Is she a good pick? Meh. Paterson could've done worse had he actually picked Caroline Kennedy because Kennedy has zero experience, and didn't really seem to take the job serious enough. She always seemed rather aloof, you know. Gillibrand might be better than Hillary was but we'll have to wait and see. At least this drama is over. Now if we could just finish up Minnesota and Delaware to have the full compliment of Senators.

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