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    Default Kirsten Gillibrand appointed to Hillary Clinton's NY Senate seat

    Kirsten E. Gillibrand, the two-term Democratic congresswoman chosen to fill the Senate seat vacated this week by Hillary Rodham Clinton, has married a relentless political and fund-raising style to a centrist brand of politics.

    Ms. Gillibrand, a 42-year-old lawyer and mother of two young children, had never held political office before defeating a four-term incumbent in a vastly Republican district in 2006. Her district extends from the flatlands of the Hudson Valley to the mountainous North Country.

    She comes from a politically connected family; her father is a prominent state lobbyist who once had close ties to former Gov. George E. Pataki, a Republican, and her grandmother was prominent in the formidable Albany Democratic machine. Ms. Gillibrand worked as an intern for a Republican senator, Alfonse M. D’Amato, and clerked for a federal judge appointed by President Ronald Reagan.

    Her politics, perhaps reflecting her conservative district, cannot be easily charted along a left-right axis. She earned a high rating from the National Rifle Association and opposed efforts to extend state drivers’ licenses to illegal immigrants. At the same time, she favors abortion rights, voted to begin withdrawing troops from Iraq and to extend middle-class tax cuts, and she has opposed privatizing Social Security. She raises large sums of money from Wall Street, but voted against the first bailout bill last fall; that vote angered some Democratic leaders in Congress.

    Alan Van Capelle, the executive director of the Empire State Pride Agenda, a gay rights group, said that he spoke by phone with Representative Gillibrand on Thursday night and that she spoke in favor of same-sex marriage. This would make her the first United States senator from New York to endorse gay marriage; Charles E. Schumer, the state’s senior senator, opposes it.

    “She spoke eloquently about the 1,324 rights that are denied to same-sex couples in New York,” Mr. Van Capelle said.

    An aide to Ms. Gillibrand confirmed that she supports gay marriage.

    She was an outspoken supporter of Mrs. Clinton’s presidential campaign and has drawn financial support from prominent women’s groups in Washington, not least Emily’s List.

    She has insisted, to the point of annoying Congressional colleagues, on openness in government, posting a “Sunlight Report” on her Congressional Web site listing her meetings with lobbyists as well as the names of individuals seeking government grants known as earmarks.

    And, much like Mr. Schumer, she has adopted a permanent campaign approach to office, crisscrossing her district, holding public meetings in malls and general stores, and tromping across fields to meet with farmers. She is mindful, she has told friends, that her two elections might be seen as aberrations and quickly undone.

    As her re-election approached, Ms. Gillibrand also reinforced her reputation as a prodigious fund-raiser, taking in $4.6 million. Much of it came from corporate and other political action committees, including tobacco companies, a fact Republicans seized on in an effort to undercut her efforts to portray herself as a reformer.

    In her first campaign, in 2006, Ms. Gillibrand ran aggressively against the Republican incumbent, Representative John E. Sweeney, and won with 53 percent of the vote.

    After her victory, Ms. Gillibrand and her staff quickly realized there was little time for celebration. Politically, Ms. Gillibrand found herself in a tough situation: a Democrat (and onetime Manhattan lawyer) representing a heavily Republican district filled with mill workers, dairy farmers and other blue-collar workers.

    Quickly, Ms. Gillibrand moved to bridge the political and cultural divide, shunning political labels and even embracing Second Amendment gun rights and other positions that placed her outside the mainstream of her party.

    In the end, she wound up winning a second term with nearly 65 percent of the vote against Alexander F. Treadwell, a former state Republican Party chairman who spent about $7 million on the race, much of it his own money.

    From the moment she arrived in Washington in 2007, the Democratic Party leadership in Congress has been very attentive to Ms. Gillibrand’s needs, mindful of the political challenges she faces back home.

    On her very first day in Congress in 2007, for example, she was allotted a few minutes to give a floor speech on Congressional ethics reform, one of the central themes of her campaign. Ms. Gillibrand was also handed a high-profile role: helping advance a package of antiterror bills that the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, introduced.

    Most important, Democratic leaders gave her two committee assignments she had lobbied for — Armed Services and Agriculture — both of which allowed her to deliver aid to her district, where there are large numbers of farmers and military veterans.

    Ms. Gillibrand lives near Hudson, N.Y., just outside Albany, with her husband, Jonathan Gillibrand, a financial consultant, and their sons, Theodore, who is 5, and Henry, who is 6 months old. (Ms. Gillibrand received a standing ovation on the floor of the House from her colleagues for working right up to the day she gave birth to Henry.)

    Ms. Gillibrand attended Emma Willard School in Troy, N.Y., a women’s high school, before going to Dartmouth College, where she majored in Asian studies. After earning a law degree from the U.C.L.A. School of Law in 1991, she served as a clerk for a federal appeals court judge. She then went on to work as special counsel for the housing and urban development secretary, Andrew M. Cuomo.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/24/ny...gewanted=print
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    I thought Wayne Barrett of Village Voice had some interesting info on her. Perhaps she'll be making the news later this year...
    Barrett: Did Paterson Consider the Bruno Connection to Gillibrand's Dad?

    Posted by Wayne Barrett at 9:53 AM, January 23, 2009

    A remarkably untimely cloud hangs over Governor David Paterson's apparent selection of Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand to replace Hillary Clinton as junior senator of New York.

    Federal prosecutors, according to numerous news accounts, are poised to indict former Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno and no one knows if that possible indictment will contain allegations about a real estate deal that involved Bruno and Gillibrand's father, Albany lobbyist and power broker Doug Rutnik.

    What we do know is that prosecutors subpoenaed all the records of this complex transaction which, at the very least, raise stark ethical questions about Rutnik's awkward business relationship with a powerful public official he lobbied. No one familiar with Gillibrand's rapid political ascent would question the pivotal role that Rutnik has played in it, milking his wide-ranging political connections for his daughter.

    The governor's office has made it clear that Caroline Kennedy was submarined by questions she couldn't answer in the vetting process, ostensibly involving taxes and a nanny. But it's unclear if Paterson has even considered the possibility that as he and Gillibrand prepare for their 2010 campaigns, her family could be dogged by conflict of interest allegations. The Bruno probe has been so far-flung and well chronicled -- particularly by the Albany Times Union -- that it is impossible to tell what elements of any case against him might consist of, but the deal with Rutnik is certainly an inviting target.

    No one disputes the fact that Rutnik was a 25 percent partner with Bruno, Bruno's brother, and another lobbyist in First Grafton Corporation, a development firm that was planning to build luxury homes in Grafton, where the senator lived. The wife of a wealthy businessman, Jared Abbruzzese, whose myriad connections to Bruno have the continuing focus of the probe, wind up buying a 12 acre plot from the Bruno/Rutnik partnership. Bruno's son Ken also bought a plot and built his own home there. Ken Bruno, then the District Attorney for Rensselaer County, subsequently became a lobbyist and had at least one of the same clients as Rutnik, Madison Square Garden.

    It was Ken Bruno who brought the Abbruzzeses into the project and it is no doubt their ties to Bruno, who steered state funding to an Abbruzzese business, that's made these land purchases part of a criminal investigation. But Rutnik's partnership evinces a blindness on his and Bruno's part to the arm's length distance that a lobbyist and a powerful public official should have. Rutnik's ties to Bruno, former Senator Al D'Amato and Governor George Pataki helped pave the way for Gillibrand's stunning win in 2006, taking a majority Republican seat away from an incumbent, John Sweeney, disliked by GOP insiders.

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    Coincidentally Joe Bruno was indicted today. So if that's in the indictment it we'll find out any second now. It would be a disaster for Patterson, who's going to get a fight for his seat from Giuliani. This could be interesting.
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    I thought he was going to get a fight for his seat from Cuomo since Patterson didn't name him senator. Guess it's both now.

    I thought I also heard someone say that Gillibrand will definitely have a Democratic challenger in 2010. Missed the name on tv though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fluffy View Post
    I thought he was going to get a fight for his seat from Cuomo since Patterson didn't name him senator. Guess it's both now.

    I thought I also heard someone say that Gillibrand will definitely have a Democratic challenger in 2010. Missed the name on tv though...
    Yes, he'll get a fight in his own party from Cuomo. Giuliani is a Repub. So he'll have two big NY names fighting him.

    The name you missed might have been Carolyn McCarthy. She's a congresswoman from LI, and it was mentioned in few NY papers that's she's pissed about Gillibrand- she's a big gun control advocate. Her son and husband were shot by a madman on the LI railroad a few years back.

    I was hoping the seat would go to Carolyn Maloney, but he went with Gillibrand.
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    Wow! That's a lot of Carolyn's from NY!

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