NEW YORK – This fall Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is up for election, not re-election because she was not elected. When President Barack Obama chose former New York Senator Hillary Clinton to be his Secretary of State, New York Governor David Paterson selected then Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand to fill Clinton’s Senate seat. There is a special election this year to determine who will serve the remainder of Secretary Clinton’s Senate term which expires in January 2013. The people of the state of New York have had a trial period with Kirsten Gillibrand as their junior Senator and they now have the choice of whether or not to renew their subscription.
As a Congresswoman, Gillibrand was a “Blue Dog” Democrat; meaning that she was somewhat conservative and leaned right on issues such as gun rights and immigration. Since becoming New York Senator, she has made a hard left turn, falling in lockstep with Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) in support of Barack Obama’s big government leftist agenda. When defunding scandal plagued ACORN came up for a vote, Kirsten Gillibrand was one of only seven Senators who voted against the measure. Senator Gillibrand has also reversed her positions on same sex marriage, immigration and gun control.
The mainstream media, predictably, is portraying Senator Gillibrand as a “shoo-in” to continue on in her current job, and has virtually neglected the fact that she is not running unopposed in the general election or the Democratic primary. Previous possible Democratic contenders who had sought to run against Gillibrand have been muscled out of the competition by party bigs, but one brave woman, Gail Goode, has risen to the challenge. Ms. Goode is a lawyer who has worked in public service for nearly a quarter of a century. This September 14, New York’s registered Democrat voters will make the choice to enable a serial flip-flopper who swings right and left based on which way popular political winds blow or to give a woman with a proven record of standing for her beliefs the opportunity to represent them.
If Gillibrand wins the Democratic primary, she will have to compete in the general election against one of the tree candidates vying for the GOP line on the ballot. The New York Republican primary on September 14 will determine whether David Malpass, Joe DioGuardi or Bruce Blakeman run against Kirsten Gillibrand.
Whether Conservative or Liberal, Democrat or Republican, New York voters who do their homework will not let the media dictate who their junior Senator will be. New York voters should choose a person who is interested in serving New Yorkers’ best interests and who is willing to stand up, unwavering, for their principles rather than someone who will just go along with whatever serves their own political gain at any given time. Kirsten Gillibrand has proven herself to not be that person; the people of the state of New York would do well to choose someone else for the job.
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