Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand is chosen as Clinton’s replacement on the Senate.
Wired PR News.com – New York Governor David Paterson has finally made his choice for filling the Senate seat left open by Secretary of State Hilary Clinton. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), Paterson announced his appointment of Democratic Representative Kirsten Gillibrand on Friday, the day after reports surfaced of Caroline Kennedy’s decision to take her name out of the running.
As noted by the AP, 42 year-old Gillibrand will become the youngest person on the Senate and join the ranks of 16 other women who currently hold a position. Gillibrand is quoted in the report as commenting in a news conference, “For many in New York State, this is the first time you’ve heard my name and you don’t know much about me… Over the next two years, you will get to know me. And, more importantly, I will get to know you.”
The newly appointed New York Senator designate is reportedly an avid supporter of pro-gun policies, which some in the Senate, as well as New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg have already voiced concerns over. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy is quoted as commenting, “The majority of New Yorkers believe in trying to reduce gun violence,” and states Gillibrand is not the right choice due to her stance on gun control.