5:42 pm Oct. 12, 2012
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will debut a new ad focused on her work passing the September 11th health care legislation tonight, during Game Five of the Yankees-Orioles divisional series.
The new ad was first reported by the Huffington Post.
The 30-second spot features John Feal, a longtime activist for the bill, and Jennifer McNamara, the widow of a first responder, singing the senator's praises for helping shepherd the bill through Congress.
"For Kirsten, it was never a Democratic or Republican issue," Feal says. "For her, it was personal."
McNamara says she knew that her husband, who had recently died of cancer, was "sitting on Kirsten's shoulder when she got that bill passed."
The victory on the health care bill, which looked uncertain at best for several months, was one of the legislative accomplishments, along with the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, that passed during the lame-duck session in 2010 and helped Gillibrand shed her image as a vulnerable, do-nothing appointee.
With a large lead in the polls, and a $10-million financial advantage, Gillibrand's campaign has taken to running exclusively positive spots, without so much as a mention of her Republican opponent, Wendy Long.