NY-Sen: Gov. Patterson Appoints Kirsten Gillibrand To Senate
by Todd Beeton, Fri Jan 23, 2009 at 07:10:42 AM EST
Reports are that it will be Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand, who represents a relatively conservative (R+3) upstate district. Patterson should really hurry up and get on the stage. MSNBC is filling the empty space ripping him as "confused" and "incompetent."
Gillibrand is a Blue Dog but interestingly, per TPM, she has shifted her position on marriage equality in a more progressive direction.
Empire State Pride Agenda has put out a press release saying that Gillibrand has spoken to them, and they are glad to say that New York will have its first Senator who endorses full marriage equality. This is a big change for Gillibrand, who previously had a conventional Democratic position of endorsing civil unions and non-discrimination laws, but not being for gay marriage. [...]
...We are now in a world in which endorsing gay marriage can actually be a politically beneficial choice in a statewide setting.
Update [2009-1-23 12:53:23 by Todd Beeton]:Patterson is not really redeeming himself with this rambling speech. He's now getting to the point. "I appoint the Senator from this moment on until a special election in November 2010. The term ends in 2012 wherein there will be another election."
Gov. David A. Paterson was preparing Friday to announce at a noon news conference his selection of Representative Kirsten Gillibrand, a 42-year-old congresswoman from upstate who is known for bold political moves and centrist policy positions, to fill the United States Senate seat vacated by Hillary Rodham Clinton, according to a person who spoke to the governor early Friday.
An aide to Ms. Gillibrand confirmed early Friday morning that she had accepted the appointment.
Update [2009-1-23 12:53:23 by Todd Beeton]:Patterson has just officially announced Gillibrand is his pick. She will speak next.
Update [2009-1-23 12:53:23 by Todd Beeton]:"I realize that for many New Yorkers, this is the first time you're hearing my name and you don't really know me. I promise, over the next two years, you will get to know me and more important, I will get to know you."
Update [2009-1-23 12:53:23 by Todd Beeton]:Gillibrand has asked to serve on the Armed Services and Agriculture Committees in the Senate. She pledges to bridge upstate and downstate and work across the aisle to help all New Yorkers.
Patterson just whispered something to her (I thought it included the word "president") as she spoke and she looked at him and sternly said "Now? Now? Should I finish? I'm going to finish." She handled it well.