February 1st, 2010
11:44 AM ET
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Obama adviser to headline Gillibrand fundraiser

Political adviser David Plouffe will headline a fundraiser for New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand later this month.
Political adviser David Plouffe will headline a fundraiser for New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand later this month.

(CNN) - A top political adviser to President Obama will headline a fundraiser later this month for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, the New York Democrat who was appointed to fill the seat vacated by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Plouffe will appear at a $250 per person breakfast at a New York City law firm on Feb. 22, a Gillibrand campaign aide said. The aide added that the campaign specifically asked Plouffe to appear at the fundraiser.

Last month, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs made clear the Obama administration's support for Gillibrand.

"I think the White House is quite happy with the leadership and the representation of Senator Gillibrand in New York," Gibbs said at a press briefing. "And as many are in the DSCC, we're supporting her reelection."

The DSCC, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, is the political arm for Democratic senators.

Plouffe was recently tasked by Obama to focus on the 2010 midterm elections.

Former Tennessee Rep. Harold Ford Jr., who now lives in New York, is weighing a primary challenge to Gillibrand.


Filed under: David Plouffe • Kirsten Gillibrand
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Debra, ND

    When will the American people finally get a real President? Over the past 25 years we had an actor, an oilman, an adulterer, an idiot and now a perpetual candidate. Are we cursed?-Buckeye

    @Buckeye- A “real” president is someone who takes the Oath of Office legally and is elected by the people of the United States. Let me school you in on what “real” presidents do. Over the past two hundred years we’ve had surveyors, school teachers, lawyers, inventors, congressmen, soldiers, governors, diplomats, postmasters, generals, tariff collectors, sheriffs, ranchers, judges, professors, newspaper editors, engineers, farmers, journalists, businessmen, actors, and yes, a community organizer. Real presidents are “real men” who have had all sorts of jobs that provided for their families. You don’t just become a president; most people have a life before they run for the office.

    My suggestion to you is that you study American History, and then make your comments. Otherwise you’re exposing the fact that you don’t have a clue about “real” presidents.

    February 1, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  2. silence dogoode

    I guess the donkeys have learned they do NOT want Potus stumping for them...

    February 1, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  3. stormerF

    Lawyers just who we need to help the Dimocrats,keep health care from Tort reform. We need Tort reform not Lawyers,Maybe he can have the Obama touch of Death for her campaign also.

    February 1, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  4. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    As Democrats go, Senator Gillibrand seems fairly sensible–at least she's not a screaming, far-left, nut-case–so I don't think being associated with an Obama flack is going to help her.

    February 1, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  5. John, Brooklyn, NY

    Go Harold Ford!

    Gillibrand was a very, very poor choice to begin with and we NY Democrats have serious questions about her ability to win the general election this fall.

    Governor Paterson failed to realize that NOT ONE senator or governor in NY State from outside of NYC (or adjoining counties) has won a general election since 1964!

    February 1, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  6. felicia

    That's good because i've been watching harold ford and he's definitely playing politics.

    February 1, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  7. Donkey Party

    Sure CNN, leave comments open for this useless story, but close comments on Mitch McConnell's convenient lapse of memory and reason? And to think some still label you a "liberal" news organization? Your open favoritism of the Right-wing is actually pretty disingenuous, and kinda sickening.

    February 1, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  8. gary davis harbor oregon

    keep the set in the democrats side . democrats need to wake up and start doing there jobs . and get back the 60 set majority , and finish the health care bill with a public option :)

    February 1, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  9. A True Centrist

    After VA, NJ and MA...she should be happy that Obama isn't going in person to "support" her campaign.

    February 1, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  10. alphonso

    ford will win.he wil b the junior senator from ny. people won't change!

    February 1, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  11. Emmanuel Goldstein

    WH not interjecting itself into NY senate race by openly backing Gillebrand or by hosting fundraiser for her. Nope. Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.

    February 1, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  12. Dar

    I guess that NY will have a new senator come November, everything that Odumbo's administration touches turns to crap. I only hope that Odumbo trys to help out, kiss of death for sure.

    2010/2012 REAL Change is coming

    February 1, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  13. Monrob

    Good, keep Ford out of our state; let him go back to Tenessee snd turn republican.

    February 1, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  14. southerncousin

    This guy looks like an out of touch smarmy type elitist. I can see why Obama would pick him. It is his type of guy. Someone who desires nothing more than to fool us, like he did with the 2008 election.

    February 1, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  15. Fitz in Texas

    What, Obama isn't going to this fundraiser for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and he's sending his top political adviser. Won't make any difference, the outcome will be the same and Sen. Kristen Gillibrand will be looking for a new line of work in the future.

    February 1, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  16. Ohio D

    Too bad Hassan Nemazee got arrested last year. He would have raised $1000 per seat!

    February 1, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  17. djfaber199

    will FLUFF soon be able to serve in the military?

    February 1, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |