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 to know nothing about (though she has filled out the questionnaire required of contenders).
Why not Gillibrand? She’s a proven winner. She’s known by the party faithful, including the outgoing Senator’s husband. She’s female, which seems to be on the checklist. if she weren’t being seriously considered, no one would bother to float rumors that she can’t be picked because she and Nancy Pelosi don’t get along — nor would others (including Pelosi) push back on that story.
Today the Albany Times-Union asks if Gillibrand is a “dark horse.” But with Paterson starting to demur on Kennedy, for all anyone knows she may be the front-runner.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 9, 2009