New York Governor David Paterson designated U.S. Representative Kirsten Gillibrand to succeed Senator Hillary Clinton, the secretary of state in the Obama administration.
Paterson chose Gillibrand, 42, a Hudson Democrat whose sprawling mostly Republican district is near Albany, bypassing better-known Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. The twice-elected congresswoman has opposed gun-control legislation and the $700 billion financial bailout bill -- positions at odds with Paterson’s.
Gillibrand was an upset winner in the 2006 congressional elections when she defeated four-term incumbent Republican U.S. Representative John Sweeney, 54. Her appointment takes effect Jan. 25, Paterson said.
“I believe I have found the best candidate to become the next senator from the state of New York,” Paterson said. “She is dynamic, she is articulate, she is perceptive, she is outspoken.”
Gutsy move by Gov. Paterson who clearly picked Gillibrand in the hopes of winning over GOP and conservative voters in upstate New York when he runs for re-election in 2012. Of course, being pro-gun has all-or-nothing liberals upset with Paterson's pick, which is good, but Gillibrand isn't nearly as conservative as the leftwing loons would like you to think. Indeed, Gillibrand is pro-gay marriage and pro-abortion, so don't buy the liberal spin that she's conservative just because she supports gun rights. However, to be fair, Gillibrand has proven to be strong on illegal immigration as well. All in all, considering this is New York, Gillibrand looks to be the best pick a conservative like me could get.