August 27th, 2014
05:21 PM ET
2 months ago

Gillibrand says fellow lawmaker called her 'porky'

(CNN) – Sen. Kristen Gillibrand said she's experienced sexism working on Capitol Hill from some of her male colleagues - one of whom, she said, warned her of getting "porky" after she had a baby.

The New York Democrat recounted the story to People magazine in an interview posted Wednesday promoting her book "Off the Sidelines," due out in September.

"Good thing you’re working out, because you wouldn’t want to get porky!” one male colleague told her when she was using the House gym.

Another example: After Gillibrand lost 50 pounds of baby weight after giving birth to her second child, a fellow senator said, while squeezing her stomach, "Don't lose too much weight now. I like my girls chubby!"

“I believed his intentions were sweet, even if he was being an idiot,” she said.

In the interview she also discussed Hillary Clinton's presidential prospects as well as her own political future.

She said she's content in the Senate for now but as for Clinton, her predecessor in the New York seat and potential 2016 White House candidate, Gillibrand said, "In my mind, she's definitely running."


Filed under: Kirsten Gillibrand
soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. S. B. Stein

    Why would they say something like that? We have some crazy ideas of what a woman should like.

    August 27, 2014 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  2. tenorment

    Perhaps Palin would not be attacked by those who dwell in the gutter, if she did not spend most of her waking hours there.

    August 27, 2014 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  3. Katrina

    That's how progressive roll. It's all about the outside with some of them.

    August 27, 2014 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  4. Janek Cracovian

    Every time a woman is insulted, a hurricane is triggered. Women have insulted men, in general, right from the floor of Congress, and no one said a thing. What a sad (or should we say morbid) culture this has become!

    August 27, 2014 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  5. Brittany

    Honestly, you can't go through life looking for ways to be offended. Unless they were deliberately trying to hurt her feelings, it's not worth mentioning.

    August 27, 2014 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  6. Johnny Choo

    More pearls of wisdom from the internet's most prolific Palin promoter. Seek help bassman, it's definitely been
    longer than four hours.

    August 27, 2014 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    I wish she would name names.

    August 27, 2014 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  8. Reality

    Are you seriously trying to claim that Sarah Palin is in any way equated with this fine senator? Sarah Palin is the scourge of the political system and should go away.

    August 27, 2014 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  9. Goomba Paulie

    Give me a break... Why not focus on how you waste taxpayers money, accomplish NOTHING, and keep you're personal problems with the person who initiated the disrespect. I, along with thousands of citizens really don't care. Do nothing Congress.

    August 27, 2014 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  10. carolina guy

    Who cares about PALIN!

    August 28, 2014 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  11. TajMahal

    Guys joke about each other getting fat all the time. Why is it sexism to behave in the same teasing manner you would around any other colleague that you like?

    August 28, 2014 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  12. GEAH

    What a whiner.

    August 28, 2014 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  13. isaac

    i agree...100%

    August 28, 2014 04:15 am at 4:15 am |
  14. J.V.hodgson

    She is too kind these two guys are simply male chauvinist pigs and probably potbellied to boot!!
    And more to the point (I) and she should not care the party too which they belong!!
    Regards,
    Hodgson

    August 28, 2014 05:30 am at 5:30 am |
  15. not so dumbed down

    Bassman, right, poor Sarah, really? First she said liberalism is a mental defect, then called the pope a liberal, and true to form, cried foul when called on it, go ahead and love her, makes you look so good.

    August 28, 2014 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  16. Dean

    Her colleagues were probably Democrats. That's how they treat women in general.

    August 28, 2014 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  17. JC

    The attacks on Sarah Palin aren't about her body. They're about her brains. Or more precisely, her lack thereof.

    August 28, 2014 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  18. vikingwoman

    If a man tells a woman he likes his 'girls chubby' that's not sweet, it's inappropriate! But let's be real, men can't control most of their appendages around women, so we have to pick our battles! Not sure what this woman's point is,either! She wrote a book exposing sexist behavior in her work environment, but isn't too upset about it! What's her point!? I guess you have to 'read the book' & that's the only point! By the way, are all politicians supplementing their income by writing books these days? Talk about fame monsters!!

    August 28, 2014 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  19. Sarah

    Sarah Palin thinks that Ebola is the new "E" class car from Mercedes. Along with E-coli.

    August 28, 2014 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
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