Sunday, January 23, 2011

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand featured in Newsweek

Alessandra Petlin for Newsweek

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is featured in Newsweek this week in story called "Senator Surprise." While we have always kept our eye on the junior senator, it looks like others are starting to notice. The article focuses on her two big legislative wins in the lame duck session as well as how she has stood by her friend Rep. Gabrielle Giffords with the recent tragedy in Tucson. 

From Newsweek:
The junior senator from New York has just hung up with Mark Kelly, husband of Gabrielle Giffords, the House member shot in the head in Tucson. Gillibrand is quite close to Giffords and was among the handful of lawmakers to accompany President Obama to the memorial service for victims of the shooting. She was at her friend’s bedside when the wounded congresswoman opened her eyes for the first time. Since then, at Kelly’s behest, Gillibrand has been making the media rounds to help humanize “Gabby” and put a personal face on the tragedy. Meet the Press, Good Morning America, Face the Nation, The View—it’s the kind of exposure an ambitious lawmaker would ordinarily revel in. But these are not ordinary circumstances, and Gillibrand looks exhausted and emotionally wrung out. Her husband, Jonathan, she says, is having an especially rough time. Asked about the shooting, he noted simply, “I worry about her every day, and I always have.”

You can check out the rest of the article here.


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