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Paterson to Name Gillibrand to Senate



Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) Photo by Tim Roske/AP

UPDATE, 12:28 p.m.: Gov. David Paterson (D) made his appointment of Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand to the Senate vacancy caused by Hillary Clinton's ascension to Secretary of State official moments ago in Albany.

"I didn't ask for this responsibility but it is my privilege and honor to execute our state statute," said Paterson at a press conference in which he was flanked by Gillibrand as well as Sen. Chuck Schumer, former Sen. Alfonse D'Amato (R) and many other Empire State politicos.

"She is dynamic, she is articulate, she is perceptive and she is outspoken," Paterson said of his pick.

Gillibrand thanked Paterson for "this incredible honor" and pledged to partner with Paterson to solve the budget crisis gripping New York. Gillibrand acknowledged she is not a well known name statewide but said she would use the next two years to get to know the "diverse views and diverse voices" of the state.

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New York Gov. David Paterson has decided to appoint Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand to fill the open Senate seat left by Hillary Rodham Clinton's appointment as secretary of state, and will formalize the decision today in Albany, according to four sources familiar with the decision.

Gillibrand was reelected to a second term in her Albany-area district last November and was long seen as the potential pick that could help Paterson most as the governor looks to a bid for a full four year term in 2010. Paterson had made clear he favored a woman and by naming an Upstate member of Congress the governor can expand his potential appeal in that crucial swing area.

The announcement of Gillibrand as Paterson's pick will come 36 hours after Caroline Kennedy removed her name from consideration citing personal reasons. Kennedy's decision to actively campaign for the appointment was greeted with a crush of national media attention and she struggled at times as she adjusted to the rigors of public life.

The drama surrounding Kennedy insured that all of the other potential picks -- including state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, a political star in his own right -- received next-to-no publicity.

Gillibrand was regarded as an afterthought by many -- without the star power of Kennedy or Cuomo and in only her second term in the House. But, her profile as an Upstate candidate with the ferocious fundraising ability ($4.7 million raised in the 2008 election cycle) of a New York City politician may have helped her secure the appointment. Fundraising is considered critical to the statewide success of the appointed senator as Gillibrand will have to run in a 2010 special election and then again in 2012 for the full six-year term.

Republicans had privately hoped that Paterson would choose Kennedy, believing that the she could be beaten in a general election. Rep. Peter King of Long Island is seriously considering the race.

Gillibrand's appointment will set off a special election to fill her GOP-leaning House seat.

By Paul Volpe  |  January 23, 2009; 9:20 AM ET
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FDR was among the greatest Presidents

>>>>>>>>>

this is usually fed to you along with the Kennedys are smart, Clinton was honest, Carter was competent, biden is intelligent, Pelosi isn't corrupt, Reid has brain, chicago breeds honesty, FDR knew economics, JFK was faithful, ...

I am trying to think of other succesful Dem Presidents but I draw a blank.

so many myths, so many chanting Libs. so little reality there.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | January 23, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

FDR was among the greatest Presidents

>>>>>>>>>>>>

Yeah right. He turned a minor flucuation into a nine year depression with his big spending and high taxing BHO policies. He was surprised by a Jap attack, despite all the warnings. He locked up american citizens in concentration camps. He got the entire world into a conflict based on timidity and isolation and wanting to be "liked". (sound familiar) He tried to usurp the courts. He left us with unaffordable programs to this day. He surrendered east Europe to the Soviets. Of course that makes him a Lib hero.

History repeats.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | January 23, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

I always thought New York City was part of New Jersey -- I'm going for my AAA Road Atlas, as I type. So there's really a place called upstate NY?

I'll bet next they will say that West Virginia is not part of Virginia!!

Posted by: newbeeboy | January 23, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

One more thought, prompted by DDAWD's comment about population centers, which I agree with.

The other very serious problem in New York (and other states) is the top posts include the extraordinarily powerful heads of the legislative chambers, the assembly and the senate -- who are selected by their colleagues, not the people. In NY, these reps choose their downstate colleagues as leaders. And quite often in NY, statewide openings are filled by the legislature, not by a vote of the people, and the positions are filled by appointments of downstate people.

Most often, the representatives from NYC choose their own people for the statewide positions. It's a major problem with the Democratic party.

I like it when bold changes happen, like the appointment of Ms. Gillibrand, which demonstrate we are one state. I also saw the new head of the state senate, from NYC, at a meeting in a church basement in a poor area of Albany to share his concerns about youth and gun violence a few months ago. He was a visitor, not on the panel. I was impressed.

Sometimes they try.

Posted by: kateinNY | January 23, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Excellent Choice...I'm glad the Liberals are crying and whining. hahahaha!

Posted by: JWx2 | January 23, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

OHIOCITIZEN: I have to take issue with your claim about Wilson. At one time Historians ranked him high, they no longer do. He was a poor Commander-in-Chief doing WW1 and suspended far more liberties than Bush ever thought of. Put that one top that he was probably the biggest racist of any President, he probably is closer to Old Buck instead of any of the aforementioned.

Posted by: vbhoomes | January 23, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

The comment about FDR being a "failure" was absolutely moronic. FDR was among the greatest Presidents, and was easily the greatest of the 20th century. He is generally ranked in the top 3 by historians, along with Lincoln and Washington. Jefferson and Wilson are the others that typically complete the top 5 in historical rankings, with Jackson, T.Roosevelt, and Truman typically next in line.

Posted by: OHIOCITIZEN | January 23, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

I agree with you, kate. Upstate needs to be represented. I stated earlier that I live in Manhattan, but I grew up in Republican, rural New Jersey, near the New York state border. New York State is beautiful.

Posted by: dognabbit | January 23, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

I think Gillibrand gets a primary challenge from a more reliable Democrat. She is about as conservative as you will find among Northeast Democrats. She could easily be a moderate Republican.

Posted by: OHIOCITIZEN | January 23, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD, my point is that people don't know much about "upstate" NY.

My secondary point is a lot of people in NYC like it that way.

Posted by: kateinNY | January 23, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

"A couple things to keep in mind:

1. If "upstate" New York was its own state, without NYC, it would be the tenth largest state in this country. Millions of people live in upstate. It is a mix of cities, towns, factories, farms, vineyards, and protected wilderness.

2. No one from the upstate region has been a member of the senate since 1970, when a different governor had to do the same thing and make an appointment (after Bobby Kennedy was murdered).

At the present time there isn't even anyone in statewide office from upstate. The whole state is being governed by people from NYC. It's dysfunctional."

Well, it may be dysfunctional, but statewide offices are usually decided by the big population centers. As for the first point, people in larger states have less representation in the senate than people in smaller states simply because each state gets two Senators.

Posted by: DDAWD | January 23, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

A couple things to keep in mind:

1. If "upstate" New York was its own state, without NYC, it would be the tenth largest state in this country. Millions of people live in upstate. It is a mix of cities, towns, factories, farms, vineyards, and protected wilderness.

2. No one from the upstate region has been a member of the senate since 1970, when a different governor had to do the same thing and make an appointment (after Bobby Kennedy was murdered).

At the present time there isn't even anyone in statewide office from upstate. The whole state is being governed by people from NYC. It's dysfunctional.

Posted by: kateinNY | January 23, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Check out BHO's 500 or so campaign promises. It will be fun to keep track. It will be hard for hin not to trip over his shoelaces.


http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/

Posted by: leapin | January 23, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

My biggest laugh is the co-opting of Abe and teddy, who as best I can recall were staunch Repubs. It seems the ethics of the clintons, the competency of Carter, the economic disaster of FDR and surprise attacks, the naivite of JFK, the popularity of Truman, were not on par with the bill of goods that the new Lib in town was selling. FDR, JFK, LBJ, BHO, it seems all the presidential failures go by three letters. Maybe Madonna can be the ethics czar.

I look forward to the end of the promises, promises period and the first decision.

Of course BHO closed Gitmo - in a year. that is decisive - for a Lib. He also promised to be more ethical - beginning in his second term.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | January 23, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

I think this is an unfortunate pick.

Rep. Carolyn McCarthy from Long Island is already talking about a primary challenge in 2010.

Ugh.

Both Paterson and Gillibrand might be shown the door in 2010.

But only time will tell...

Posted by: Bondosan | January 23, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

At this point I am hoping beyond hope that Obama remains healthy. consider the line of succession - Biden, Pelosi, Byrd, Clinton.

Yikkees.

DEM leadership is frightening.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | January 23, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Yea KOZ, I always get a laugh when the libs mock Sarah but overlook the fact that VP Biden thought FDR was President in 1929. You could fill a whole book with all the stupids things Biden has said. Hopefully the Secret Service has orders to shoot Joe if anything should happen to Obama. Its one thing to have the village idiot in the do nothing job as VP but something totally different in the no #1 job.

Posted by: vbhoomes | January 23, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Let's review the Capone Administration so far:

At DoS we have a money grubbing trailer trash corruptocrat soliciting bribes in exchange for treaties and favors.

At treasury we have a tax cheat.

At CIA we have a doddering bureaucrat with no spy experience.

At Ed we have a teachers union failure with a record of lowering scores.

At DHS we have an open borders nitwit whose record includes the worst performance available.

At VP we have a blabbering idiot who has no control over his wit.

Heading it all up is the guy who immediately surrenders in the war on terror and spends more than all previous presidents combined - in his first week.

that wasn't the change I was hoping for.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | January 23, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

VMR1: We actually like women with good looks and brains, that's why we loved Sarah. You sound like a jealous woman or one of those metrosexuals we always laugh at.

Posted by: vbhoomes | January 23, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

vbhoomes said:
"A good pick by Dave, we can always use nice looking women in the senate, who also happens to leave a seat we republicans can pick up. "

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Yep, this seems to be the Republican season to pick good looks over brains.
Thank God the Alaskan Village Idiot went back to her village.

Besides, by whose standards is this one "good looking"? She certainly wouldn't merit a double-take in places like Canada, much of Europe, or Colombia Venezuela or Brazil. She's your typical plastic-looking American specimen, pink and with unnaturally large and even teeth. An aging Barbie from the 1970s-1980s.

This is a clear political choice by Paterson. Choosing this nobody just because she's a woman, over someone like Andrew Cuomo - well, he might've just signed his own political death sentence with this appointment.


Posted by: VMR1 | January 23, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

TO: dsbyrd
dognabbit

URGENT: Your JOBS are in jeopardy!

Read this:

http://rawstory.com/news/2008/US_intel_nominee_promises_no_unlawful_0122.html

Posted by: scrivener50 | January 23, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

A good pick by Dave, we can always use nice looking women in the senate, who also happens to leave a seat we republicans can pick up. Senator Mary for LA. was cute until she started getting fat.

Posted by: vbhoomes | January 23, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

scrivener,

It's hard to read ALL CAPS. I usually stop reading a few sentences in, so I lose what you're trying to communicate.

I'm just saying.

Posted by: dognabbit | January 23, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

I'm very happy with this pick. I'm a liberal Democrat living in Manhattan, so I don't share Gillibrand's conservative stances on gun control. But, hey, I've already got Chuck Schumer.

As much as I'd love for the whole state -- the whole country, the whole world -- to believe the things that I believe, that's not how Reality works. Conservatives Upstate deserves a voice, too, to say the least. (Though, to be completely honest with myself, I'm happy she's a Democrat.)

Welcome, Senator Gillibrand.

Posted by: dognabbit | January 23, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: dsbyrd | January 23, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Surely the governor can find an African-American. And hopefully a female. Doesn't that have more political correct points?

Governor could draw straws or even appoint some project dweller as they'd be just as competent as most currently serving in Congress and potentially not as dishonest.

Is there even one member of Congress who's employable outside of government? How about one member of the federal bureaucracy?

Who's replacing Joe Biden in the Senator?
Anyone who can chew gum would be on par with ole plaglarist Joe.

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Posted by: scrivener50 | January 23, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

I think conservatives wouldn't be too upset about this pick either. A NRA endorsed Democrat.

Posted by: DDAWD | January 23, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

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