Kirsten Gillibrand

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2012

    Do Any GOP Senate Hopefuls Stand A Chance Against Kirsten Gillibrand?

    Senator Kirsten Gillibrand last week announced that her campaign currently has a ton of cash -- about $9 million -- on hand for her upcoming re-election campaign. Also last week, the results of a poll were released showing that Gillibrand has a considerable lead over all three of her possible Republ ... More >>

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    April 6, 2012

    Mo' Money, No Problems: Kirsten Gillibrand's Loaded And Killin' It In the Polls

    There's bad news for Congressman Bob Turner, Manhattan attorney Wendy Long, and Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's campaign coffers are filling up quickly -- and her poll numbers are the best they've ever been.Turner, Long, and Maragos are squaring off to see whic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    GOP Uses Stock Act as Excuse to Call Kirsten Gillibrand a Congressional Inside Trader (Again)

    ​Following yesterday's passage in the U.S. Senate of the Federal Stock Act, the New York State Republican Party came out swinging. Per usual, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand -- who voted in favor of the bill -- is the target of the GOP's blows.First and foremost, the Federal Stock Act would make it so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2012

    Kirsten Gillibrand Is Why Oil Prices Are More Than $4 A Gallon (According to Her Wannabe Opponent Bob Turner, That Is)

    ​If you were wondering why gas prices have been outrageously high lately, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and President Barack Obama are to blame...duh. That's according to the propaganda ministry Senate campaign of Congressman Bob Turner, anyway, who currently is trying to win the Republican nominatio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2012

    Marist Poll Says Kirsten Gillibrand Struggles with Voters; Marc Cenedella Eyes Her Seat

    It's a bit of a busy -- and rough -- week for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. This month, she has spoken out on a wide range of topics -- from food stamps to gun violence to women's rights. But today, it's just plain ole politics that she has to deal with. First, a NY1/YNN-Marist Poll released Tuesday n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2012

    Kirsten Gillibrand Launches 2012 With a Call for Increased Food Stamp Money, Better Access to Fresh Food

    Electeds like to talk -- but U.S. Sen. Kirsten ​Gillibrand came to the Bronx today to listen. That's what Gillibrand said at the launch of an event this morning at Hostos Community College, where she joined Rep. Joe Crowley for a "listening session" on an upcoming Farm Bill, which Congre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2010

    Gail Goode Is Good to Go Against Gillibrand in Primary

    ​Remember big-talking Harold Ford, Jr., from Memphis, who vowed to give our unelected senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, a run for her money in this fall's Democratic primary? And the even faster flash-in-the-pan candidacies of a clutch of congress members who also said Democrats deserved a choice a ... More >>

  • Columns

    March 30, 2010
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    March 2, 2010

    Harold Ford Jr. Begs Off; Latest Victim of Gillibrand Charm Offensive

    ​This weekend Kirsten Gillibrand went around Nassau County, letting the folks know about the stimulus dollars that were going to build them a new community center, and drawing praise from local politicians. About the same time, we suppose, Harold Ford was looking at his polling data and maki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2010

    Marist Polls New York Voters on How Other People Will Vote, for Some Reason; Finds Leader Gillibrand Doomed

    We understand some people were starving for political news after Rudolph Giuliani backed off his prospective race against Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and that when Harold Ford came up from Tennessee to just-about-challenge Gillibrand it gave such people a reason to live again. That's nice for the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2010

    New Ford Focus: The No-Issues Campaign

    Here's a path-breaking way to present yourself to the public as a potential U.S. Senate candidate: Agree to a sit-down interview with a major newspaper only on the condition that you not be asked anything about the issues. The money graf in David Saltonstall's Daily News interview today with Harold ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2010

    Harold Ford Jr. Way Behind Gillibrand in Poll, or "Picking Up Steam," Depending

    A new Marist poll shows Kirsten Gillibrand ahead of newcomer Harold Ford Jr. by 43 to 24 percent. But the undecided total is high at 33 percent, leading the Post to proclaim that "Ford picks up steam on Gillibrand." Conventional wisdom says there's an opportunity in the undecided number, but "don' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2010

    Barrett: How Will the Ballot Police Protect Kirsten Gillibrand from the Harold Ford Invasion?

    Kirsten's protector is ever vigilant​Thank God for the ballot police. But for them, five or six elected Democrats would've already committed the crime of running against Kirsten Gillibrand. Now we have the man Harry Reid obviously mistook for Barack Obama, Harold Ford Jr., illegally panhandl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2010

    Pete King Decides Against Senate Race

    ​Lots of movement in the 2010 Senate race today: shortly after imported prospect Harold Ford Jr. switched to a pro-gay-marriage stand in probable anticipation of a run at Kirsten Gillibrand, Pete King has backed off his latest "look" at entering the race. The Long Island Republican Congressman ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2010

    The Race We've Been Waiting For: Molinari v. Gillibrand

    It's hard to think of a better matchup than the Blonde-on-Blonde race that would take place if Susan Molinari decides to run against Kirsten Gillibrand for the senate. Both bring a bouncy, cute-as-a-button approach to politics but the similarities only start there. Both are daughters of legendary lo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2010

    A Ford in Senate Future? Memphis Flyer Wants Gillibrand's Job

    ​Harold Ford Jr., the African-American Wall Street exec who likes to come across as the hottest cat from Memphis since Elvis, apparently really does want to snatch that U.S. senate seat away from Kirsten Gillibrand. And there's a fat slice of the permanent government that's ready and eager to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2009

    Holiday Greetings from Our Elected Representatives!

    ​ We were unable to send Kirsten Gillibrand a birthday card because we wouldn't put any money in it, which may explain why we didn't get her Christmas card -- 'scuse us, holiday card; these are politicians we're talking about. But the Observer reproduces it, so we're going to magnet it to our ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2009

    You Can't Sign Kirsten Gillibrand's Birthday Card Unless You Put Something In The Envelope

    ​We wanted to sign Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's birthday card, especially when Ross Offinger sent us that nice note saying that Gillibrand "spends each and every day thinking about how she can fight for every New Yorker, and now is our chance to let her know just how much we appreciate the wor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2009

    Gillibrand and McCarthy Are Now Like Two Bullets In a Revolver

    ​Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy made a public showing of reconciliation today. As we wrote last month, Gillibrand is hardly the raging conservative the left initially tried to make her out to be. But as a gun owner and darling of the NRA, she was treated by some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2009

    Right Wing Gillibrand Continues to Destroy Democratic Party

    ​Today, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand blogged about her unyielding support to repeal the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. We have to wonder, what happened to the too conservative Gillibrand that was once predicted? When Gov. Paterson tapped her from New York's Republican-leaning 20th di ... More >>

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    August 7, 2009

    Times: Carolyn Maloney Won't Run Against Gillibrand

    It looks like Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney isn't going to run against Kirsten Gillibrand after all. Though she seemed hot to challenge the appointed senator in 2011 from the left, various forces conspired against her: President Obama began leaning on potential Gillibrand challengers, dissuadin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2009

    Sign Gillibrand's Gay Outreach is Working: Post is Pissed

    Kirsten Gillibrand's (and Chuck Schumer's) plan to make her look more liberal -- the latest masterstroke of which is her call for hearings on the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy -- is working! Today the New York Post attacks her for "another Kirsten Gillibrand flip-flop," but really for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2009

    Barrett: Sharpton Scolds Maloney, and Naturally There's an Ulterior Motive

    ​Al Sharpton's rush to issue a statement this week denouncing Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney's use of the n-word in a magazine interview has once again made him a potential kingmaker. Thanks to Sharpton, Maloney may not stay in the 2010 senate race, making things easier for incumbent Kirsten Gillib ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2009

    Kirsten Gillibrand Gets "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Hearings

    Appointed Senator Kirsten Gillibrand still isn't very well known in her own state, but maybe this will make a name for her: she has arranged for Congressional review of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy that allows gay servicemembers to remain in the military so long as they don't reveal their stat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2009

    Barrett: Let's Look at Al Sharpton's Shot at Runnin' Scared

    ​The last thing I want to do is get into a fight with sweet Rachel Noerdlinger, the spokeswoman for sour Al Sharpton. It's not her fault that the Rev refused to answer my questions about his bizarre bonding with Designated Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, but had Noerdlinger issue a mocking written res ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2009

    Poor People Fishing Leads Senators to Call for More, Better Warnings

    Yesterday the Daily News told us about the jolly, impoverished fishermen who cast for possibly poisonous bluefish, bass and flounder off the piers of the outer boroughs, for eating and sometimes for distribution to beggars ("They come here with a plastic bag and hope that people put a fish in it"). ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2009

    Hey, Guess What, David Paterson is Still Really Unpopular

    The Quinnipiac University Polling Institute's been busy. Yesterday they released a poll on the legislature and how much we hate our state. Now they have new numbers on the Governor and other local characters. Will it surprise you to learn Paterson is unpopular? He's hanging in with a 61 percent disa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2009

    Barrett: Schumer Protects Gillibrand from a Primary Challenge Citing His Record On Such Matters -- So We Checked That Record

    Image from Howie Klein's "Down With Tyranny" blog ( my colleague Tom Robbins explained last month, Chuck Schumer has been flexing his  considerable muscle to make sure that no elected Democrat challenges Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, the accidental incumbent, in a 2 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2009

    Gillibrand Continues to Rack Up Way-Early Endorsements

    She's new on the job, almost half her constituents can't give an answer when asked about her performance, and her next election is over 16 months away, but Senator Kirsten Gillibrand continues to rack up endorsements. Friday Al Sharpton and Congressman Gregory Meeks came out for her, and now House m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2009

    Gillibrand Responds Gently to Truthers' Charges of "Explosives at the WTC"

    Whoops! 9/11 Truthers get ahold of Kirsten Gillibrand, ask her point blank about the "explosives found in the debris of the World Trade Center" and request her backing for a new investigation. "Based on what you've just told me," she cautiously responds, "and that 70 percent of the families' ques ... More >>

  • Columns

    May 27, 2009

    Obama the Political Fixer Works New York's Senate Primary

    The president gets a hand in the back room

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2009

    Obama Speaks -- and Steve Israel Quits Race Against Gillibrand

    It all happened so fast. Earlier we told you that House members from New York Carolyn McCarthy, Carolyn Maloney and Steve Israel were threatening to take down Kirsten Gillibrand in 2010. A day later, NARAL gave Kirsten Gillibrand its endorsement -- about a year early. Today Politico carries a stat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2009

    Gillibrand Wants Investigation of Drug Waste in Drinking Water

    Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is really, really trying to atone for her past as a lawyer who lobbied hard for big tobacco. A few weeks ago she sponsored a bill that would make the FDA regulate cancer-causing agents found in baby products. Now the New York senator is sponsoring an amendment to study the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2009

    She's Better on Guns, But NY House Dems Hassle Gillibrand Anyway

    In a weirdly non-collegial display among New York legislators of the same party, House members Carolyn McCarthy, Carolyn Maloney and Steve Israel took time out of their presentation to reporters of their "No Fly, No Buy" bill to hassle new Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. "I don't know what she stands fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2009

    Poll: Paterson Hated, Gillibrand Unknown

    Paterson and his Albany enablers finally drove the limping budget over the finish line last week, and the Governor's reward is a 28 percent approval rating in a Quinnipiac poll. While that's two points better than the score he got a month ago, that poll was taken by the Marist Institute; by Quinnip ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2009

    Gillibrand Supports Sliced Apples For, and From, New York

    New senator Kirsten Gillibrand hasn't been able to do much lately besides get in and out of trouble about her guns. Such is the lot of a senate noob even in the best of circumstances. But, perhaps aware that all politics is local, she's going outside the U.S. senate, teaming with state senator Darr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2009

    Yet Another Special Election: Tedisco-Murphy, 20th CD

    You may be forgiven for failing to keep all the upcoming special elections straight. Along with the city council races, there's an upstate election coming to replace new senator Kirsten Gillibrand in the House of Representatives. The official combatants are Democrat Scott Murphy and Republican Jim ... More >>

  • Columns

    February 11, 2009
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    February 10, 2009

    Gillibrand Talks the Talk on Guns; Walking the Walk Pending

    Since being told to evolve on guns by Chuck Schumer, new Senator and longtime NRA favorite Kirsten Gillibrand has been trying to show some sensitivity in that regard without looking weak. Yesterday, as the Times ran a story called "To Some in Gillibrand's Old District, Her Evolution Is a Betrayal," ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2009

    NY1: Gillibrand Switching on Immigration

    New Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's "hinted" change on immigration -- which was presaged by her employment of a Bronx power broker's consulting firm -- is apparently proceeding on schedule. NY1 says Gillibrand has told their "sister station NY1 Noticias" that she will "support immigrant-friendly initia ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2009

    Poll: NYC Mixed on Gillibrand, Negative On Her Gun Stand

    NY1's new city poll suggests that New Yorkers aren't sure about Kirsten Gillibrand. Her approve/ disapprove/ don't-know split is 34/36/30. But she would certainly have done better if her gun-friendliness were not so well-known: while 18 percent said it made them more less likely to support her, 37 p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2009

    Kirsten Gillibrand nabs Senate seat

    Upstate congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand is packing her NRA-approved guns and heading to D.C. to fill Hillary Clinton's Senate seat, according to various media outlets. Other Democrats may not like it, but they can blame Caroline Kennedy, the princess who turned her own coach into a pumpkin. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2009

    Rightbloggers Mixed on Gillibrand, Enjoy Discomfort of Liberals

    Conservative reaction to the Kirsten Gillibrand appointment thus far has been mixed. Some approve, on the grounds that it will bother liberals. "LIBERAL DEMS HOWL," heds the New York Post. Wake Up America is happy that liberal blogs are unhappy. NewsBusters says the mainstream media's refusal to us ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2009

    Paterson Presents Senator Gillibrand

    Your new Senator with Al D'Amato (l.) "So it's August the 14th, 2003," says Governor Paterson, "and I am going to meet a lawyer who is going to be meeting me in an office building in Manhatan." (He wanted her not to run for Congress in '04, as she had planned, but the state senate.) "All the lights ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2009

    Wayne Barrett: Is Gillibrand Too Republican to Replace Clinton?

    Now that Caroline Kennedy has dropped out, the new frontrunner for Hillary Clinton's senate seat is upstate congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democratic hero for capturing a Republican-majority district in 2006. Camera crews are now posted outside her home in Hudson, New York, and she is reportedl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2009

    Gov Sets High Noon for Senate Pick

    Apparently David Paterson has now really, finally, absolutely made up his mind about his senate pick. The governor's press office just released his schedule for tomorrow, which calls for a noon press conference tomorrow in Albany to announce his "U.S. Senate Appointment." Meanwhile, Long Island co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2009

    WPIX, Others Say Gillibrand Will Go to Senate

    Despite the protestations of Wayne Barrett and Carolyn McCarthy, among others, it looks as if Governor Paterson is going with Kirsten Gillibrand. The Times says he's "leaning" toward her; WPIX "confirms" it; Politico's Glenn Thrush says it "looks like" Gillibrand. After the mad leaks of last night o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2009

    Albany Cools toward Kennedy, Catches Gillibrand Fever

    We first noticed Democratic Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand when she pwned challenger Sandy Treadwell and Rudy Giuliani this election season, trumping them with her high NRA rating. Lately she's gotten more attention as a Senate replacement, not to mention a "Select Gillibrand" web site she claims ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2009

    Hillary Replacement Series Drags On

    With the Caroline Kennedy boomlet faltering, also-runs are coming into the spotlight. The Times has noted the suspiciously campaign-like activity of Representatives Steve Israel and Carolyn Maloney, and today says Andrew Cuomo aide Joseph Percoco has been obliquely bad-mouthing Kennedy to union lead ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2008

    Mopping Up: Local Election Results Mostly Expected

    There are still some undecided races out there. Al Franken is getting a recount in Minnesota. And Missouri, Indiana and North Carolina's electoral votes are not yet settled. But in New York most things were wrapped up early, and one thing that was quickly apparent was that the State Assembly and th ... More >>

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