August 27th, 2014
05:21 PM ET
7 years 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.

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"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."


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soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. bassman

    She should trying walking a day in Sarah Palin's shoes. She would know what it means to be attacked by those that live, breath dwell in the gutter.

    August 27, 2014 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  2. Thomas

    @bassman
    She should trying walking a day in Sarah Palin's shoes. She would know what it means to be attacked by those that live, breath dwell in the gutter.
    ======

    So are you saying Sarah Palin needs to wear boots ?

    August 27, 2014 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  3. jboh

    bassman's comment shows TEA/GOP true colors. What an ... you are.

    August 27, 2014 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  4. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP THE NATIONAL JOKE PARTY , WE WONT PASS ANYTHING AND STILLGET PAID

    Don't fret miss hildabrand, when your in the same congress as the teahages Bachman and Blackburn you know your on the high road at least we do , your one of the best compared to the worst fore mentioned !!!!

    August 27, 2014 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  5. Bill

    @bassman

    Sarah Palin is the gutter and belongs there. A classless, mindless, twit who is a disease on the political landscape.

    August 27, 2014 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  6. Victoria

    bassman- Sarah Palin gets made fun of because of the things she says. Liberals don't call her fat or ugly because of how she actually looks. We might call her ugly but that is more because of what comes out of her mouth than what you see with the eyes.

    August 27, 2014 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  7. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP THE NATIONAL JOKE PARTY , WE WONT PASS ANYTHING AND STILLGET PAID

    Hildabrand, my mistake, you will be in congress long after those GOP teahages are long gone, I think it's their LAST year , good luck!!!!

    August 27, 2014 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  8. Ol' Yeller

    @bassman
    "She should trying walking a day in Sarah Palin's shoes. She would know what it means to be attacked by those that live, breath dwell in the gutter."

    Yeah... poor palin the victim. She was just minding her own business not bothering anyone. Yeah, right...
    She relished in her role as the attack dog for the republicants (self nicknamed- mama grizzly).
    But... I'm used to the 'I'm a poor widdle victim' song and dance from the republicants.... it is their hole card and I have seen it played daily on here forever.
    Nothing but a 1/2 term quitter...
    Fail.

    August 27, 2014 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    You can bet those comments came from other Dems.

    August 27, 2014 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  10. Malory Archer

    bassman
    She should trying walking a day in Sarah Palin's shoes. She would know what it means to be attacked by those that live, breath dwell in the gutter.

    ++++++++++++++++++++

    Yeah, except unlike Senator Gillibrand, dim bulb Barbie is "attacked" for the idiotic things she says and does. In other words, you can't attack someone with the truth.

    August 27, 2014 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  11. Honestly

    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.

    It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment (Proverbs 18:5).

    August 27, 2014 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  12. Silence DoGood

    This wouldn't happen if we lived the conservative dream of rolling back "100 years" of liberal policies, putting us back before women could vote and were not in politics.
    (hyperbole alert for concrete TP folks)

    August 27, 2014 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  13. Ian's Rushtache

    bassman says:
    August 27, 2014 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm
    She should trying walking a day in Sarah Palin’s shoes. She would know what it means to be attacked by those that live, breath dwell in the gutter.

    ______________________

    Regardless of her sex, Palin is as dumb as a box of rocks and does everything to endear herself to the gutter trash of the TP.

    August 27, 2014 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  14. tanya

    If they can speak ill of the First Lady, then oh well!!! you porky, get off it!!! fatso!!

    August 27, 2014 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  15. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    They both should try walking a day in Mrs. Obama's shoes and hear the nastiness and hate spewed at and about the FLOTUS.

    August 27, 2014 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  16. don in albuquerque

    bassman
    Got it for little Sarah bad, huh.

    August 27, 2014 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  17. rick

    Never faiks to add Hillary in there on darn near everything. Start a blog about one switch to Hillary in middle. Seen that too many times.. A candidate cuold be in a car accedent and in middle of describing the accedent.. HILLARY THE OVERWHELMING LEADER IN DEMOCRATIC VIEWS.... Constant switch and blurb..

    August 27, 2014 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  18. Chipster

    Yes, there were some petty attacks on Sarah Palin but many of the complaints about her were based on statements she made that revealed a horribly poor education, her ignorance of how the government works, and her own pettiness.

    August 27, 2014 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  19. mrivera1119

    Dear bassman, Senator Gillibrand acts with elegance, class and decorum. Maybe if Mrs. Palin got off her ignorant, defiant, insulting, arrogant attitude, she would inspire respect. Her actions foster the treatment she gets.

    August 27, 2014 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  20. mrivera1119

    Maybe if Mrs. Palin acted with the class, elegance and dignity Senator Gillibrand exhibits, she would be treated accordingly.

    August 27, 2014 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  21. ED1

    So are you and who cares put your big pants on and stop crying what a joke.

    August 27, 2014 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  22. SmashAdams

    So it's not sexist when people make fun of Chris Christie's weight? I'm not justifying adults childishly making fun of each other but don't try to turn this into a bigger issue than it is. Men happened to comment on a woman's weight. Wrong in a professional environment, yes, but sexist? No.

    August 27, 2014 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  23. jameslowerry

    It seems to me she wasn't actually called "porky." Yet another inaccurate headline trying to stir up controversy where there is none.

    August 27, 2014 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  24. Sarah

    So uh, her name isn't Kristen.

    August 27, 2014 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  25. The Watcher

    She's a 0.5 percent and yet she whines on. Get over it, everyone has burdens and those that are bullies.

    August 27, 2014 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
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