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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Screwing New York Over One Senator At A Time

David Paterson has to be either the dumbest governor alive, or he's getting his strings pulled by the new administration!!

Pro-gun US Senate pick makes some NY pols unhappy

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – If Gov. David Paterson thought announcing his choice to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton in the U.S. Senate after nearly two months of deliberation would bring an end to the political strife, he was clearly mistaken.

Even before the governor took the podium Friday to introduce little-known upstate Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand as his pick, a Long Island congresswoman elected on a pledge to stem gun violence was telling reporters she would either challenge Gillibrand in the Democratic primary next year or find someone who would.

"I don't think someone with a 100 percent NRA rating should be the next senator from New York," said Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, who ran for Congress after her husband was killed and son wounded in the 1993 Long Island Rail Road shooting massacre. "The majority of New Yorkers believe in trying to reduce gun violence."

After the announcement, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, in a lukewarm endorsement of Gillibrand, noted his "strong disagreement with one area of her record as a member of Congress: illegal guns."

The Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-independent mayor, who has been one of the nation's most vocal gun control advocates, said Gillibrand (pronounced JILL-ih-brand) "has actively opposed the efforts of New York City, and cities around the state and nation, to enact commonsense measures that keep illegal guns out of the hands of criminals."

Bloomberg and McCarthy both said Gillibrand co-sponsored legislation to deny information cities and police need to track illegal gun criminals. The legislation passed in the House but was never considered by the Senate, McCarthy said.

Recently sworn in for her seventh two-year term, McCarthy conceded that Democratic leaders have warned her to temper her remarks, but she appeared unrepentant: "I told the governor my feelings. I said I am strongly against one person and I gave him my reasons for it. Believe me, this is a personal issue for me."

A group called New Yorkers Against Gun Violence also criticized Gillibrand. "In fact some of her gun control stances are detrimental to law enforcement and their efforts to prevent crime by going after illegal guns," the group said in a statement.

Democratic strategist Hank Sheinkopf said Paterson's first year in office, after succeeding the disgraced Eliot Spitzer, has been so hectic that he has not had time to establish himself as the unchallenged leader of his party.

"He's had to manage one crisis after another, from the economic meltdown to the search to replace Hillary Clinton," Sheinkopf said. "He needs to find the time, find the people and put an operation together to make clear who's the boss."

Lawrence Levy, executive director of the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University, said it was possible Gillibrand might change her views on gun control now that she represents the entire state.

"She's no longer representing a district with an 80,000 margin of registered Republicans, so who knows?" he said. "She has to ask herself if she is going to modify her position, how much risk is involved."

Jay Jacobs, the Democratic leader in Nassau County, where McCarthy lives, agreed.

"I'm hopeful as our new senator begins to recognize she now represents the entire state of New York rather than a small Republican congressional district, that she will modify and moderate her views," he said.

Gillibrand appeared to offer an olive branch to McCarthy during her news conference after being introduced by the governor. She complimented the state's entire female House delegation, saying McCarthy has "provided outstanding leadership in fighting against gun violence and keeping our children safe. I pledge to work with her on her signature bill for updating background checks to keep guns out of the hands of criminals."

A spokesman for McCarthy said afterward that the congresswoman's position had not softened.

Who the hell do these people think they are telling Carolyn McCarthy to tone down her remarks against Gillibrand? Excuse me? Carolyn McCarthy has every right to be pissed about having a Senator who doesn't believe in gun control. This is a woman whose husband was murdered and whose son was injured by a lunatic with a gun. She has a right to say that this is bullshit. I have no doubt that Gillibrand would have supported that lunatic's right to have a gun.

Forget the gun issue for a second. That's just one of many issues with this woman. This woman has repeatedly refused to truly acknowledge what her position is on many issues. She is supposedly pro-choice, but do we really know that? After all, she never voted on an abortion related bill while in the House. She supposedly supports gay rights. How do we know that? She's never voted on a gay rights related bill while in the House.

Here's what we do know about her. She was a Representative in the House for two years. She has a 100% rating from the NRA. She claims to support the withdrawl of troops from Iraq, yet continues to fund the war. She didn't vote on a bill that discussed troop withdrawl from Iraq, permanent base bans, and limiting interrogation techniques. She voted to repeal the D.C. firearm ban, which among other things, would allow people to possess semi-automatic weapons.

She was picked for two reasons. She brings in money for the party, and someone is most definitely pulling the strings here. The people of New York don't know her. The people of New York wanted Andrew Cuomo. Clearly Paterson didn't listen to the people which doesn't bode well for his election hopes in 2010. Keep pulling those strings Rahm!! Keep pulling those strings!!


  • At 7:33 PM, Blogger libhom said…

    As a gun crime victim, there is no way I could ever vote for Gillibrand. Somethings are permanently unforgivable.

  • At 11:44 AM, Blogger ParisL0ve2 said…

    I'm not a gun crime victim. However, if I lived in New York there would be no way in hell I would vote for Gillibrand.

    Hell, I would never vote for anyone who believed what she does!!

    Welcome to the blog!!


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