Monday, May 18, 2009

Smith endorses Gillibrand

Newly appointed Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand got the endorsement of a top state Democrat in her re-election bid next year.
Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith threw his support behind Gillibrand as at least four other New York Democrats are eyeballing a primary.
“Throughout her career, Kirsten Gillibrand has exhibited the kind of leadership that has yielded results for the people of New York,” Smith said. “Senator Gillibrand understands that the hard-working men and women of this state deserve tax relief, quality and affordable health care and every chance to receive the best educational opportunities for their children.”
Meanwhile, It’s been reported that U.S. Rep. Steve Israel will soon announce his intention to challenge Gillibrand. Other’s who’ve expressed an interest include U.S. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, a staunch control advocate from Long Island, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, of Manhattan, and Scott Stringer, a former assemblyman and Manhattan borough president.
“I am honored to have Majority Leader Smith's endorsement, and I'm grateful for his leadership. Malcolm and I share a strong commitment to turning this economy around and creating well paying jobs all across New York State,” said Gillibrand. “Malcolm has also been an effective leader in guiding Democratic victories across the state and I look forward to working together with him to grow our Democratic majority in the state Senate.”
Gillibrand was appointed by Gov. Dave Paterson to fill a seat vacated when Sen. Hillary Clinton was picked as secretary of state by President Barack Obama. Almost immediately she came under attack as being a pro-gun conservative.


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