New York Governor David Paterson has, apparently, nominated U.S. Representative Kirsten Gillibrand to succeed to the Senate seat vacated by Secretary of State Hilary Clinton. It seems that Caroline Kennedy had some tax and not-precisely-documented household help problems.
Representative Gillibrand is, of course, a Democrat, but we knew that was coming. But she’s about as conservative a pick as we could have hoped for. She represents a mostly rural area of upstate eastern New York, and is considered a “blue dog” Democrat. That means we can expect her to be, in the fashionable-again buzzword of the day, a “pragmatist.” This is something that makes Democrats palatable to Republicans and apparently, it is something that is celebrated in politicians in general right now.
So good luck to Senator-Designate Gillibrand.