It has just been announced that Kirsten Gillibrand has been selected to fill New York's recently vacated Senate seat that was previously held by Hillary Clinton. When I skimmed the Wikipedia of Gillibrand, I found something surprising: she supports second amendment rights and believes that all law-abiding citizens should be allowed the freedom to own a gun.
But of course, after taking a quick look at ontheissues.org (Great Site by the way!) sure enough I found a number of things I do not agree with:
- Voted YES on increasing minimum wage to $7.25
- Protect American jobs from going overseas.
- Voted YES on criminalizing oil cartels like OPEC
- Voted YES on allowing stockholder voting on executive compensation.
- Balance fossil fuels and viable renewable energy.
These are just a few things from her voting record that just don't fly with me. But it was nice to see that some Democrats do not like her more conservative positions (such as gun rights):
"But some New York City Democrats are skeptical of Gillibrand, who voted against the financial rescue package last fall. And the National Rifle Association has endorsed Gillibrand -- another cause for concern among some Democrats."
I expect her to vote along party lines, but it will be interesting to see if/when she will go against the Liberal Machine.