Gillibrand, or Tracy Flick, as she is known by her not so illustrious Congressional colleagues, is the daughter of Doug Rutnik, a well-known GOP lobbyist and has worked as an intern for Alphonse D'Amato, the former senior New York Republican senator and influential Washington lobbyist.
Minus her right leaning stances these are some obviously strong connects with the GOP. However, it still cannot be forgotten, that at the end of the da,y she still has a "D" behind her name.
Despite this, many high ranking liberals are miffed about her appointment to the Senate.
From the New York Post,
"It's the wrong message that she's sending out by having Alfonse D'Amato there," said Assemblyman Peter Rivera (D-Bronx), who called Gillibrand "anti-immigrant."
"The message is that she's still to the right and is going to continue to stay to the right."
This has even sparked disdain from the the Grand-Poohbette herself, Nancy Pelosi.
Sources told The Post that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called Paterson Thursday night to express displeasure with his choice, multiple sources said. Her spokesman strongly denied the claim and insisted they talked about politics.
McCarthy, a Long Island Democrat who ran for Congress after her husband was shot to death and her son wounded in the 1993 Long Island Rail Road massacre, said someone with such a record should not be the next senator from New York.With Caroline Kennedy's strange disappearance from the scene and Gillibrand's unexpected appointment, the Republicans better be on the watch. Paint me a political conspiracy theorist, but for some strange reason I am smelling White House involvement and pre-positioning. True intentions, unknown.
"The majority of New Yorkers believe in trying to reduce gun violence," she said.