July 17th, 2009
10:11 AM ET
5 years ago

Reid endorses Gillibrand

Gillibrand has won the backing of Harry Reid.
Gillibrand has won the backing of Harry Reid.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Calling her a "rising star in the Democratic caucus," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Friday that he's backing Kirsten Gillibrand's bid to retain her Senate seat in 2010.

“I am endorsing Senator Gillibrand’s campaign because she is a rising star in our caucus,” Reid said in a statement. “As a working mother with two young children, Kirsten brings unique perspective to the challenging issues we are debating in Congress. In just six month, Kirsten has introduced a number of new and innovative legislative approaches to the problems many families face.”

Reid picked Gillibrand over Rep. Carolyn Maloney, a New York lawmaker who plans to challenge the sitting senator in next year's Democratic primary. Gillibrand, a former congresswoman, was appointed to the Senate in January to succeed Hillary Clinton.


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  1. Sam Sixpack

    It is a good thing this story popped up, otherwise, we would have to read all those negative comments (mysteriously deleted) about how the new health care bill will really be paid for by taxing employees for thier employer-provided health insurance. It will be biggest tax increase on the working class in our lifetimes — and you heard it first right here!!!

    July 17, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  2. susie

    The Democrats felt Sarah Palin should have stayed home to watch her young children, now they see things different when there is a female Democrat running for office.

    July 17, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  3. gary

    thats the kiss of death if reid endorses you

    July 17, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  4. Mike in NYC

    I prefer Gillibrand over Maloney, but the former has already shown disturbing signs of abandoning her upstate constituency through accommodation of downstate grievance politics.

    Odd, but I can't remember senior Senator Schumer ever accommodating upstaters. His politics are still pure NYC hot pink.

    July 17, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  5. Quacking Carolyn

    What Harry? No "Baloney Maloney"! Hey Carolyn, which part of "nobody north of Westchester Country votes for an Upper East Side leftie" didn't you understand? Actually upstate it's called a "dead duck".

    July 17, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  6. down with the GOP

    root out evil in the dems and repubs

    the GOP has become synonymous with lacking morals, I think the dems are just lucky that the GOPers are hitting the headlines harder, they are no saints

    there are many good people in the GOP, they need to either form a new party or find a way to get heard

    vote for smart people, but also ROLE MODELS

    July 17, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  7. Steve (the real one)

    So Senator Gillibrand, Senator Reid endorses you. Good luck with that!! Senator Reid since she has "introduced a number of new and innovative legislative approaches to the problems many families face", do I assume they have been adopted into use or is this just politispeak?

    July 17, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  8. Derek

    “As a working mother with two young children..."
    Where is the concern that, as stated with Sarah Palin, she should be home caring for her young children? Gov. Palin was attacked for allegedly putting her political ambitions above caring for her family yet here Sen. Gillibrand is praised for being a mother of two and serving in the Senate at the same time. Seems almost like a double standard to me...

    July 17, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
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