Looking more like that newly appointed New York Senator Gillibrand will be facing a primary challenge




Gillibrand was a bad choice for Senator, but what else could we have expected from David Paterson? From all reports, she wanted it. She worked very hard to get the appointment. She even flipped on a number of key issues (gay marriage, guns, immigration), which actually showed that she’s a political opportunist with no core values. New York has a lot of very good progressives — and the chance to be a U.S. Senator doesn’t come along very often. Gillibrand is going to be challenged in the Democratic primary:

In a sign that Kirsten E. Gillibrand, the newly appointed United States senator, has yet to win over her party’s base downstate, the Manhattan borough president said Wednesday that he was considering challenging her in the Democratic primary next year.

Scott M. Stringer, the Manhattan borough president, said he has been talking with political advisers about whether to take on Ms. Gillibrand, a former congresswoman from the Albany area.

“I think the reason we have elections is to exchange ideas on the important issues of our time,” said Mr. Stringer, a former state assemblyman who has served as borough president since 2006. “Voters have an expectation for a Senate seat held by Kennedy, Moynihan, that there will be a discussion of these issues through the electoral process.”

The number of potential challengers considering a run against Ms. Gillibrand, who was appointed by Gov. David A. Paterson in January, is growing, underscoring not only Ms. Gillibrand’s perceived vulnerability but also the governor’s inability, so far, to gather support for her.

Seems like the progressive politicos in New York are going to be savvy and strategic about how they move forward:

“No one knows who’s going to go; that’s why we’re having discussions, but we don’t we have a timetable yet,” Mr. Stringer said.

That can’t make Gillibrand very comfortable. She’s running out of issues to flip-flop on, too. You get the sense that if it’s politically expedient, she’ll start flipping back.


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