Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Earns an Endorsement from Howard Dean
by Charles Lemos, Wed Jul 15, 2009 at 08:30:37 PM EDT
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand sits down with former Governor and former DNC Chairman Dr. Howard Dean for a short conversation. Afterward, Governor Dean endorses Senator Gillibrand in her re-election bid.
Well I want to thank Kirsten for the time she gave to do the interview. I asked her to do the interview because I'm considering endorsements in the United States Senate race in New York. So I'll tell you one very quick story about Kirsten Gillibrand.
She was elected in 2006, and I spent four years in Washington - and a lot of people in Washington say a lot of things and usually don't do anything about it. She came in about two and a half year ago when she was a representative and told me when I was chairman of the DNC that she wanted to do something for women through the Women's Leadership Forum. And I thought to myself, this is really great, but I'll bet it'll never happen.
She's the only person in four years that came to me, made a promise, and then brought six of her women colleagues in the House then, to raise money for the Democratic National Committee so we could have this big majority in the House and this big majority in the Senate.
And today, she's satisfied me that she knows how to use that majority in order to get things done. So I'm pleased to endorse Kirsten Gillibrand for the United States Senate for her re-election.
It is a well-deserved endorsement. Of all freshman Senators, Senator Gillibrand is working the most visibly on issues dear to the progressive base of the Democratic Party.
Here's what Senator Gillibrand says about marriage equality:
I support full marriage equality. To me, it's the civil rights march of our generation. It's about equal rights, it's about equal justice and there's no reason that any family in America...You know, my family gets certain rights and priveleges, a gay couple's family should also get the same rights and privileges and there's over 1,000 rights and priveleges in federal and state law that would come with marriage equality.
On DOMA & DADT:
And at the federal level I'm gonna work on repealing DOMA, I'm gonna work on repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell. I have a bill right now that I'm considering basically putting a moratorium on the enforcement of Don't Ask Don't Tell for the next 18 months so the administration has time to consider it, to decide if they want this to be part of their policy and for the military to come to the table and make their own assessments because all the evidence shows us our military has been denied some of our best and brightest in America because of this policy particularly in areas where we've really needed them in language translation and intelligence services. We need all of our best and brightest at the forefront of our operations to keep America safe.