10:46 am Sep. 21, 2011
Before Kirsten Gillibrand became the Liberal Senator from New York, she was a Democratic member of Congress faithfully representing a Republican-leaning district upstate.
In that role, she took a Republican-leaning approach on some issues, like immigration, expressed in her outspoken opposition to then-governor Eliot Spitzer's plan to allow undocumented residents to get driver's licenses. She also was outspoken in her support of gun-ownership rights, earning her an A rating from the National Rifle Association. And she was notably not outspoken during her time in the House on gay-rights issues, even when some of her Democratic colleagues were starting to push hard for same-sex marriage rights and repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, before she came around to a more gay-rights-friendly point of view.
Her House record is more or less academic now, given that the liberal constituencies who were most put out by the ideological compromises she made when she needed to appeal to Albany-area and Hudson Valley Republicans and independents now regard her, in some cases, as one of their most effective champions. Overall, her approval-disapproval rating among registered voters, according to the latest Quinnipiac is a very healthy, even Schumeresque 52-23.
Still, even allowing for political license, the following line from a Gillibrand fund-raising email sent out this morning is a bit of a stretch, if anyone is keeping score: "Defending progressive values has been my No. 1 priority since I came to Washington."
The email is part of a continuing fund-raising push from Gillibrand ahead of a Sept. 30 filing deadine.
Here's more from the email:
The recent Republican primary debates have been downright shocking, with candidates calling Social Security a Ponzi scheme, audience members cheering to let uninsured people die, and each contender racing to shut down the EPA first.
Watching the GOP try to roll back all the progress we’ve made is infuriating, but we can’t get discouraged. We’ve got to fight back!
I promise to do just that, but I’ve got a whole slew of Republicans who want to take my seat and take over the Senate. And believe me, they’re going to attack me with everything they’ve got.
That’s why I need your support today. The September 30 filing deadline is a big one. I need to raise $150,000 so I can show potential challengers that I have the grassroots support to win in 2012.
Defending progressive values has been my No. 1 priority since I came to Washington. From reversing the discriminatory Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell law to defending women’s reproductive rights and upholding environmental protections—I’ve never shied away from taking on Republicans on hot button issues.
But the more I fight them, the more of a target I become. The GOP is working closely with shadowy groups like Karl Rove's Super PAC to figure out how they’ll take over the Senate next year. Without a doubt, getting rid of me is part of their plan to get control.
By making a donation today, before the September 30 deadline, you’ll help me gather the resources I need to stop them from taking my seat and the majority in the Senate.
Click here to rush $5 or more to my campaign before the deadline of September 30 and help me reach my goal of raising $150,000. The only way I can win is with your help today.
Yes, the Republicans are getting millions from Rove, but all I need to win is the support of people like you.