January 23rd, 2009
12:25 PM ET
8 years ago

Gillibrand appointed to New York Senate seat

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/23/art.cnnlive2.cnn.jpg caption="Watch the event on CNN.com/live."]ALBANY, New York (CNN) - New York Gov. David Paterson appointed Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand to fill Hillary Clinton's vacant U.S. Senate seat Friday.

Gillibrand, 42, was elected to her second term in the House of Representatives in November.

Filed under: Kirsten Gillibrand
soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. BB

    Another token – hopefully she will be honest.

    January 23, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  2. Bad Idea

    I hope Kirsten fails–Rush.

    January 23, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  3. Say goodnight

    Big money trail here folks.She represents the old money corridor all the way to the great lakes.The filthy rich live in this stretch of gerry mandered land.

    January 23, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  4. proudliberal-independent

    oh, great. another republican in democratic clothing. these people claim to be democrats, but, there isn't a liberal or progressive bone in their bodies. same kinda people that threw Carter under the bus, because they were enthralled with the 'actor' ,who is ultimately responsible for the failed, 'trickle-down' policies and de-regulation that put us in this fine position we're in.

    January 23, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  5. Maddie

    I'm glad his 15 minutes of fame are over.

    January 23, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  6. Moderates Unite!

    Good choice….as a Blue Dog Dem she can put an end to the ultra-liberal tyranny begat by her predecessor

    January 23, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  7. Bravo, NY!

    Congratulations NY on your new US senator.

    A conservative democrat to boot. Liberals eat your hearts out! I just wish all elected leaders were centrists.

    Radical liberal nutjobs and radical conservative idiots need to go!! The majority of people in this country hold moderate views.

    Be an American, not a democrat or republican.

    January 23, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  8. Chris from NY

    I am not going to vote for her anyway.

    January 23, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  9. No you didn't

    Apparently the governor never saw this coming...

    January 23, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  10. Jason

    This governor made a charade of the this whole process and it's disgusting. Just pick a replacement and move on, don't drag it out for months.

    January 23, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  11. aware

    I hope she does a good job. She is a conservative democrat (w/e that means). Anyway they should put out more information about her.

    January 23, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  12. Canuck

    i guess he didn't see Caroline's problems coming.

    January 23, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  13. Fred C Dobbs

    Excellent choice.

    A strong conservative Democrat who can win in 2010.

    Anyone out there care to compare Gillibrand to Kennedy – I thought not.

    Disgusting to even see CNN mentioning both of them in the same sentence. I believe that we have now heard enough of Caroline Kennedy. Whoever convinced her that she was Senate material should receive a swift kick.

    January 23, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  14. Polar Bears Against Palen

    Terrible choice. This woman is conservative Democrat. And, people say Paterson is beoming more conservative since becoming governor. Another shot in the foot by silly democrats. Good chance Republican Peter King will take the seat in 2010.

    January 23, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  15. Sean Chong

    The truth is the Governor doesn't want to offend the Kennedy's and someone persuaded Caroline to drop out.... finally, he has the guts to appoint her.

    January 23, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  16. John, Brooklyn, New York

    Huge mistake. Paterson is trying to pander to upstate voters when, in fact, there hasn't been an upstate candidate who has been viable for a major statewide office in New York in the past 50 years! Senator Goodell (from Jamestown) was appointed in 1968, but was defeated in 70. The real question should be "Can an upstate candidate sufficiently appeal to New York City?"

    January 23, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  17. Suzanne, Lake Placid

    Good pick. Patterson has earned my respect (and perhaps my vote in 2010). Although we disagree on some things, he's shown himself to be pragmatic; less concerned with ideology and more concerned with getting things done. I'm still not on board with raising some taxes, but at least he grasps the concept of lowering deficits. I wish more Democrats would get that, lol. 🙂

    January 23, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  18. Island girl

    United we stand – divided we fall!

    January 23, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  19. sueinpennsylvania

    Hey Palin supporters, get a life!!!! The election is over, Obama won, deal with it. I don't think McCain could of won no matter who he picked for running mate. Palin was and is a big mistake. For goodness sake, she has a degree in journalism and specializes in beauty pageants. Conservatives like to say people voted for Obama because he was black. Well how many people voted for Palin just because she was a women. (Or just because she was pro-life)The people in my area are so backwards in their thinking. The will vote based on only one or 2 things. Either gun control or abortion. Gee that is a great thing to determine when it comes to who you will vote for for president. Social neo-nitwits, get real. Abortion will always be legal and the government will not take away all our guns. While abortion is not a great thing, Roe V Wade will never ever br reversed. If it hasn't been overturned in 36 years, it's not gonna happen now.
    If GOP is smart, they will tell Palin to disappear.

    January 23, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  20. Dave

    A great choice made by Gov. Paterson. This should've been it even if kennedy remained in running. Of course her "personal reasons" caused her to remove herself from consideration. Let me break it down for you....she ran the most inept campaign to be named, was a lousy public speaker, and showed extremely limited political savvy. It all equated to the public turning on her and the Governor shouldn't have even considered her anyway.

    January 23, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  21. An American

    I do not know anything about the Govenor's choice, but his not choosing Kennedy was the right decision. Good for him.

    January 23, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  22. Rich

    Why was former GOP senator Al D'Amato front and center in the supportive crowd right behind senator Gillibrand???

    January 23, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  23. Peter

    Good for Him. I really wanted him name someone unique not known names or expected names.
    This is America and it will remain rightfully so!

    January 23, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  24. joan hutton

    to help make more jobs, have you thought about how building a decent railroad system, that connects from small town to small town,
    and across the country, would certainly reduce the unemployement
    and inhance the the country at the same time, in this day and age we can
    afford a smore free atmosphere....
    Joan Hutton
    Knoxville TN.

    January 23, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  25. Maximized Manhood

    Conservative Dem = Liberal Repub.
    Six in one hand and a half dozen in the other.

    January 23, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
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