Gillibrand TKO’s Spitzer
January 12, 2010 by Amy Siskind
I’m proud that today on our blog we are featuring two women to watch:
- Nikki Haley (R) who is running for Governor of SC. Haley is an extremely popular state politician who was just endorsed by First Lady Jenny Sanford. You can read about Haley on our website and on her website here.
- Kirsten Gillibrand (D) who was appointed to take Hillary Clinton’s open senate seat.
Both of these rising stars are showing the early stuff that could track them to the White House.
For those of you new to Senator Gillibrand, prior to becoming senator she served as a member of Congress. Gillibrand, as a Democrat, was elected in an upstate NY district which was 67% Republican. Given the state of our country, where increasingly more and more Americans are calling themselves “Independent”, I find it so refreshing to find a candidate with the potential to appeal all types of voters.
But Elliot Spitzer doesn’t see it that way.
First I just must add this: what business does this guy have getting any air time at all? Spitzer who was busy paying prostitutes for sex while his wife and daughter were home? Spitzer whose incredibly talented wife gave up her successful career after law school to stay home and raise the kids while he was paying for sex? Spitzer who, rumor has it, threatened workers in finance that even if they were not guilty, if they didn’t play ball he would make them do the “perp walk” in front of the cameras and ruin them professionally and with their family.
So you can imagine my puzzlement that anyone would give one iota of care to what this guy has to say!
But here it is, courtesy of The New York Times:
In an interview on WAMC radio on Saturday, former Gov. Eliot Spitzer said he would not have appointed Ms. Gillibrand “under any circumstance” because her “views on issues are either wrong or too malleable.”
So let’s see there Spitzer, hmm? Gillbrand ran in a district that was 67% Republican and won, and then went to DC to serve her constituents. Then, when she became senator and is now a public servant to the entire state, which is predominantly Democrat -you don’t think she should adapt?
But my retort can hardly match the response from the Gillibrand camp:
A spokesman for Ms. Gillibrand responded that the decision had not been up to Mr. Spitzer because he had been forced to resign after it was revealed that he had patronized a prostitution service.
“Because of his own actions, it wasn’t his call to make,” said the spokesman, Glen Caplin. “It’s not surprising considering she was among the first Democrats to say he would need to step down if the allegations were true.”
Knock out by Gillibrand!
And Spitzer, we read that you are planning to come back into public office. You SOOO must be joking!