Gillibrand headlines a fund-raiser for Reshma Saujani
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will be featured at a fund-raiser for Public Advocate candidate Reshma Saujani, according to this fund-raising invitation.
In an email accompanying the invitation, Saujani refers to Gilibrand as a "trailblazer" and notes they both worked to try electing Hillary Clinton "our nation's first female president. Now, looking ahead to 2013, our journey continues."
Saujani has never really had trouble raising money, and Gillibrand has been a prodigious fund-raiser since her brief stint as an upstate member of Congress representing a district near Albany. Gillibrand has been an outspoken advocate encouraging more women to run for office, forming a PAC dedicated to the cause and fund-raising for a number of women congressional candidates.
Saujani is one of a handful of Democrats looking to replace the current Public Advocate, who is expected to vacate the office in order to run for mayor next year, and the event for Saujani comes after Gillibrand headlined a fund-raiser for Councilwoman Letitia James, who is also considering the race, earlier this year. A spokesman for Gillibrand said at that time that the senator would not be endorsing in the public advocate race.
Also expected to run are Community Education member Noah Gotbaum, Columbia professor Catherine Guerriero, and State Senator Daniel Squadron, who served as an aide and co-author for Senator Chuck Schumer, who has served as an advocate and mentor to Gillibrand.
Saujani raised significant sums and generated a lot of press running as a pro-Wall Street Democrat in a primary against Rep. Carolyn Maloney of Manhattan in 2010. She lost, but was later hired by the current public advocate, Bill de Blasio.
De Blasio has not formally announced his mayoral plans nor indicated who he may support to succeed him.
Here's the email Saujani sent accompanying the invitation:
From: Reshma Saujani
Date: Tue, Nov 20, 2012 at 1:13 PM
Subject: Breakfast with Senator Gillibrand
I am thrilled to announce that on December 10th, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will be hosting a breakfast for my 2013 campaign for Public Advocate.
Click here for details and to RSVP.
Senator Gillibrand and I have shared a long history since our time working long hours as young female attorneys in an office full of men. In 2003, we worked side-by-side to build the DNC's Women's Leadership Forum to engage women in our democracy. We campaigned tirelessly for Hillary Clinton -- a mentor to both of us -- during her 2008 run to become our nation's first female president. Now, looking ahead to 2013, our journey continues.
For many of us, Kirsten has been a role model, a trailblazer, and a friend. From the moment I met her 10 years ago, I knew she was going to be a fearless voice for women. And since she was elected to Congress in 2006, she's demonstrated that commitment by mentoring young female candidates at all levels -- and helping to elect a record number of women to the U.S. Senate.
Kirsten has also proven that she is a passionate public servant who stands up for her constituents and fights for what's right. Her leadership in the Senate has helped end the discriminatory policy of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," ensured that 9/11 first responders received the health care they deserve, and brought much-needed transparency to our federal government.
I am so proud that Kirsten is hosting this exciting event -- and I hope you'll join us.