January 23rd, 2009
07:21 AM ET
9 years ago

Paterson picks Gillibrand as Clinton successor

NEW YORK (CNN) - New York Gov. David Paterson has chosen Democratic Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand to fill the senate seat vacated by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, according to sources close to the decision.

Gillibrand, 42, represents New York's traditionally Republican 20th district. She is a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of congressional Democrats who hold more conservative views than their liberal Democratic counterparts. She is an outspoken advocate for gun rights, and she supports an extension of the Bush tax cuts.

Caroline Kennedy, seen as a favorite to fill the vacant seat, withdrew her name from consideration Wednesday, citing personal reasons.

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soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. hello

    we know nothing about her.

    January 23, 2009 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  2. Dianne

    Oh my! Mister Governor, better watch your back! Former Clinton staffer who worked with Andrew Cuomo in the Clinton Administration.

    Watch the Primary, it will be contested.

    Here come the Blue Dogs!!!

    January 23, 2009 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  3. reggie

    Weak choice. Looking forward to the republicans winning the seat back in the upcoming election.

    January 23, 2009 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  4. Rus

    Sounds like the least appropriate option on the face of it – great shame if it was all about the electoral prospects of Gov Paterson.

    January 23, 2009 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  5. DB25

    Good choice, Governor!

    January 23, 2009 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  6. Seriously?

    And she calls herself a democrat? I don't live in NY, and I didn't think that Kennedy should get it on name recognition, but I think you should have gone with who the people in the state were saying they wanted. That Commo (sp) guy. Although I do like that he chose a woman at least.

    January 23, 2009 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  7. AJ

    Great – In the sole interest of appointing a woman, Patterson appointed someone that is, in essence, a Republican. Lets hope that Patterson is forced to pay the price for it when he comes up for reelection.

    January 23, 2009 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  8. MsRotten

    Good choice!

    January 23, 2009 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  9. bill

    sounds like same old.wornout bush people.blue dog dem my s.

    January 23, 2009 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  10. watching

    I'm upstate NY & in 2 years she will NOT get my vote

    January 23, 2009 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  11. Maggie in NY

    Kirsten Gillibrand will be a great member of the Senate. Very much a centrist. Go Kirsten!!!

    Gillibrand/? 2016

    January 23, 2009 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  12. Cue the hate-filled responses

    As a NY republican, I must say Good Job to Gov. Patterson. This is an excellent choice and a wise political move to actually practice what the Democrats are trying to preach. This is (finally) change coming to Washington. Someone who is not a DC insider, someone who actually deserves the position on her merits, not her name, who may actually be able to reach across the aisle to extend an olive branch of bi-partisanship.

    Here's the question for Ticker bloggers, however...will any of you (and yes, you know who you are) post criticism of Senator Gillibrand for "not staying home to raise her infant child" as you did with Governor Palin? An how many of you will be critical of her for having a child after she turned 40? I'm guessing we won't read those comments now that the shoe is on the other foot. That's a good thing. Just play it both ways, please.

    January 23, 2009 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  13. Caroline Kennedy for NYS Senate

    Let's hope she only serves 2 years

    January 23, 2009 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  14. Desmond Sequeira

    A supporter of guns and tax cuts for the rich? The world needs none of those.

    January 23, 2009 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  15. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Will she represent all of NY while she is in the Senate? How much of this was to get Paterson's name in good standing in upstate NY? Do they have any prior relationship, understanding or interactions prior to this appointment?

    January 23, 2009 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  16. Charles L. Shaw, Liverpool, NY

    Yes, and most important she is an upstate person, someone who can represent the entire state, not just NYC.
    Before all of the out of state blogs appear, I believe Gov. Patterson has made a great choice here. I wish her the best of luck, and I'll see her in 2012 as her political and ideological opposition.
    Again my best wishes for sucess to her from the lonely Libertarian of Liverpool.

    January 23, 2009 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  17. Amber

    Yeaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.....way to go Paterson! I knew you'd come through. 🙂

    January 23, 2009 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  18. Brian from GA

    She seems more like a Republican than a Democrat, just based on this small bit of information. I don't know how she will play out in NY though, I think they usually prefer someone famous and with celebrity status over there.

    January 23, 2009 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  19. alvino

    Not the brightest move that Paterson could make. The democrats will likely lose that congressional seat, and she will likely lose the senate seat in 2010.

    January 23, 2009 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  20. Melissa

    sooo...he picked her based off of her chances of winning next election, and re-election hopes? What about "for the people", which the people of NY did state who they wanted...and should couldn't even get into 10%.

    January 23, 2009 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  21. Robin the Republican

    This is a very good choice.

    January 23, 2009 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  22. Paul

    She can only be an improvement on her predecessor.

    January 23, 2009 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  23. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    Good! We need more grounded people in Washington, not more royalty. She is serving as a representative so she has experience, you know and is a Blue Dog Coalition member so that's a plus, you know.

    And best of all, endorsed by the NRA!.You know. I guess she got the message that she needs more experience before anything else,you know, so she made the right decision.You know

    January 23, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  24. No you didn't

    When it came to Caroline Kennedy's decision to withdraw, Gov. Paterson never saw it coming.

    January 23, 2009 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  25. Dont blame me

    A fiscally conservative Democrat and an "advocate for gun rights" from New York???

    That's a rare breed.

    January 23, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
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