Was I Wrong About Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand?

Monday, July 13, 2009

I have been an ardent critic of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand ever since the trifecta of Gov. David Paterson, Sen. Chuck Schumer and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton plucked Gillibrand from the relative obscurity of New York’s 20th congressional district and anointed her to replace Clinton in the senate.

Gillibrand is a conservative Democratic, an outspoken advocate of gun ownership who enjoys a perfect 100% NRA rating. She believes gay marriage equality should be left to the states to decide and, voted against legislation to grant same-sex partners of U.S. citizens the same immigration status of married couples. Needless to say, Gillibrand’s politics are antithetical to mine.

However, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is considering acting on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” this week by introducing an amendment that would put an 18-month moratorium on the viciously homophobic, Clinton-era policy of discharging gays and lesbians from serving in the military.

The Daily Beast reports:

Gillibrand may introduce her amendment on tomorrow with the Defense Reauthorization bill. If the amendment passes, gay-rights leaders expect it would stand a strong chance of being approved by the House and could be signed into law by President Obama, who has expressed his desire for the ban to be lifted. Rep. Patrick Murphy is trying to build support for a bill that has already been introduced in the House that would repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”.

A press representative from Gillibrand’s office said the decision to introduce the amendment is not final.

“Senator Gillibrand is working with Senator Kennedy’s office to garner support for a repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ and this is part of an ongoing effort to repeal this policy,” said Bethany Lesser, a spokeswoman for the senator.

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15 Responses to Was I Wrong About Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand?

  1. Brigadoon says:

    You weren’t wrong about Gillibrand. Hardly. She also opposes adding a pre-AIDS diagnosis to the list of coverable conditions MEDICAID will pay for. As someone who works in healthcare, this makes no sense to me and suggests she’s either ignorant or AIDS phobic. Remember, she’s up for reelection next year. She needs to solidify her base.

  2. Tiny Dancer says:

    I will be surprised if she delivers.

    Remember, Gillibrand comes from one of the most conservative regions in New York. If she moves the legislation to repeal DADT to the White House, she will have to account for her actions by the people in District 20 and they’re not exactly gay friendly.

  3. Rachel says:

    These politicians are like items at a buffet. You take what is good and leave the rest behind. I am not a fan or a supporter of Kirsten Gillibrand either. She’s too far to the right for my tastes. I know a number of Democratic women in the Albany area who worked on her campaign. I think they’re nuts to support her but if she moves the repeal of the ban along, I will be pleased.

  4. bradfrmphnx says:

    There is good and bad in everybody. Even Ted Kennedy. Whom at the end of his days in the Senate and on earth is now being touted as the “greatest Senator of our time.” He has done much good no doubt. But he also got away with not being prosecuted for the death of a young women at his drunken hands. Something anybody else would have gotten 15 years in prison for today. He was also a philanderer following in the example of the rest of his family.
    Senator Gillibrand is latching onto Ted’s coat tails. She does this and she ensures the votes she will need in the coming election from her base. Over night she will become the person who brought an unfair legislation down, to those who are ignorant enough not to know what she truly stands for. I think you had her pegged Christopher.

  5. Blobby says:

    Not disagreeing w/the whole – especially with some of the other commenters, but Gillidbrand no longer has to worry only about District 20, if she wants re-elected. So she might have figured out where her bread is buttered.

    …and giving a few hundred homos rifles (or potato peelers) instead of letting us marry might be a better compromise for her.

    Aligning yourself w/anything that has a Kennedy name on it is going to get you more visiability for an election cycle – whether you agree w/his politics or not.

  6. VicoDANIEL says:


    You weren’t “wrong” in your assessment of Kirsten Gillibrand. You were spot-on.

    It’s unpopular to criticize Gillibrand because she’s:

    1. a woman
    2. a friend of Hillary
    3. a mom

    This is utter bullshit. Gillibrand’s voting record would make her better suited to represent the state of Texas than New York. When I heard Gov. Paterson announce her name to replace Hillary in the senate, I honestly didn’t know who she was but the more I looked at her voting record, the more horrified I became.

    New York City (where I live) has seen a terrible return in recent years to crime levels that mirror the 1970’s. I know two cops (one gay) who is thinking of leaving the force because he says the criminals have more fire power than the police. But Gillibrand thinks every American should have a pie in the oven and a gun under their bed?

    Sorry, but Gillibrand is a disaster.


  7. DMason says:

    It’s a bitter pill to swallow to think this mouthpiece for the NRA could end up responsible for getting a bill before Obama to repeal the ban. If she actually does it, good for her. But, I think it is nothing more than pandering for reelection. Gillibrand is a DINO and until she renounced her affiliation with the NRA, don’t expect me to have anything good to say about her.

  8. Jimmy says:

    I think the likely challenge from Rep. Carolyn Maloney for her senate seat means she needs some meat to throw to NY liberals.

  9. I agree with the commenters. She’s an opportunist who is trying to get her liberal bona fides the easy way. Hell, even some republicans agree that DADT is bullshit (and they want the extra bodies for the military). Easy call for her. And completely calculated. I hope that Carolyn Maloney raises a lot of money in her challenge of the appointed princess.

  10. And don’t forget, when she was elevated former senator (and all around scumbag) Al D’Amato was at her right. Think about that.

  11. libhomo says:

    I’m worried about the 18 month moratorium thing. What will happen after? It seems like an attempt to mollify us for a while, but one that could cut off attempt to lift the ban entirely.

  12. JollyRoger says:

    Gillibrand is a Rushpublican in everything but name, and also whored herself out to tobacco companies. Her “values” will kill around half a million Americans this year, and Dog knows how many foreigners.

    Keep her.

  13. Robster says:

    I have to see it to believe it.

  14. Estacada says:

    I am not familiar with Gillibrand.

    However, if she can get a bill through the Congress and to Obama to sign to repeal the ban, I would day take it and keep an eye on her. Conservative roots, be they Democratic or Republican, don’t die easily and she’s still evidently, a gun honey.

    Keep an eye on her.

  15. Jay says:

    Kirsten was chosen by Schumer because she would not challenge his ethics in taking money from Wall Street. Schumer has believed in the Democratic Theory of Trickle Down Economics as proposed by the great Republican Party communicator, Ronald Reagan. Whether it is his stand on the capital gains tax for hedge fund billionaire managers or his political stance on calling for less regulation and liability in the financial industry Schumer has acted as a Republican financier. I do not see or hear Gillibrand publicly saying anything to distinguish her from Schumer on these issues

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