Friday, January 23, 2009

Kirsten Gillibrand to Fill Clinton’s Senate Seat

In a move that surprises many, ruffles the feathers of the far left establishment, and quite frankly shocks this author, NY governor Patterson has selected Kirsten Gillibrand to fill Hillary Clinton’s senate seat. On Second Amendment issues, Clinton and Gillibrand can’t be any further apart, and this represents a clear (and unexpected) victory for people who value their right to keep and bear arms.

Gillibrand was endorsed by the NRA with an “A” rating in the 2008 Congressional election. During her tenure in the house, she signed the amicus brief in support of Heller’s case against the unconstitutional D.C. handgun ban. She has amassed a solidly pro-Second Amendment voting record in the House.

Needless to say, the leftists are up in arms at her selection (figuratively of course). Her selection came under immediate fire (again, figuratively of course!) from leading anti-gun politicians including Carolyn McCarthy. The Brady Campaign has been “disappointed” by Representative Gillibrand – and anyone who disappoints the Brady Campaign is good in my book.

On the downside, Gillbrand indicated McCarthy "provided outstanding leadership in fighting against gun violence and keeping our children safe. I pledge to work with her on her signature bill for updating background checks to keep guns out of the hands of criminals." If she follows McCarthy down the path of leftist anti-Second politics, that “A” NRA rating will drop quickly.

Here’s hoping that this flip from an “F” rated Senator to an “A” rated Senator will serve as a bulwark against the extremist anti-Second Amendment agenda as put forth by Obama and Biden. It certainly can’t hurt. Although it does drop the “A” NRA-rated majority in the House slightly, gaining one seat in the Senate at the expense of one seat in the House is a small price to pay!

Until next time!!!

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