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Gillibrand Raises Off of 9th CD
September 16th, 2011

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is asking supporters for cash in the wake of Bob Turner’s upset victory over David Weprin in the 9th Congressional District. A mailing went out from the Gillibrand camp this morning capitalizing on recent Republican victories and saying “we need to show the naysayers the strength of this campaign by reaching our goal of $150,00 before the crucial September 30 filing deadline.”

The NY Post ran an editorial by John Podhoretz yesterday titled “Is Gillibrand the Next Weprin?”

“The NY-9 results suggest Gillibrand can be beaten by someone who runs a clever and well-wrought campaign,” wrote Podhoretz.

“Gillibrand hasnt made the sale with New Yorks voters despite having served in the Senate for nearly three years. She was appointed to the seat in 2009, and then won it herself last year against a comically hapless Republican. In last monthss Siena College poll, her approval rating was only 46 percent — and an incumbent running for re-election with an approval rating below 50 percent is generally deemed vulnerable to defeat. Even more important, and more threatening to her future, is this: An amazing 30 percent of New Yorkers have no opinion of her. That means, as the political consultants say, that she can still be defined — and defined negatively.”

He goes on to speculate that the usual Republican suspects could challenge Gillibrand–Rudy Giuliani, George Pataki or Rep. Peter King but recommends Randy Atschuler abandon his bid to challenge Rep. Steve Israel (although it looks like Podheretz confused Israel with Rep. Tim Bishop *Thanks Colin!*) and instead face Gillibrand, “in an anti incumbent year.”

Team Gillibrand seems to be taking the Weprin loss as a wake-up call or at least sees it as an opportunity to boost fundraising. Gillibrand has been prodigious fundraiser since she won election to congress in upstate New York in 2006.

“The recent loss in New York City’s 9th Congressional District is a major wake up call,” reads the fundraising message. “After a summer dominated by conservative talking points all over the airwaves, a Tea Party Republican was able to garner 55 percent of the vote in a Congressional District with a 3-to-1 Democratic registration advantage. If you weren’t concerned about losing progressive voices in the Senate before, you should be now.”

Having covered Gillibrand since her days as a Blue Dog Democrat in a very Conservative upstate district it is hard not to giggle a bit when she warns of Tea Partiers and losing a progressive seat. Nonetheless she has transformed herself into a progressive leader in the Senate.

Here is the full fundraising message:

Dear XXX,

“This year, New York was home to two important elections with dramatically different results. We saw a Democrat capture a red district in Western New York and a conservative win a diehard Democratic district in Brooklyn. And just two years ago, we saw the iconic Senate seat once held by Ted Kennedy taken over by a Tea Party Republican.

One thing is clear from all of this: the old rules do not apply. The only way to ensure a successful campaign is to stick to your principles, and show the values that drive your campaign.

But I need your help to do it. With just 14 months until the election, the time to fill our campaign coffers is now. We need to show the naysayers the strength of this campaign by reaching our goal of $150,000 before the crucial September 30 filing deadline.

Dear XXX,

This year, New York was home to two important elections with dramatically different results. We saw a Democrat capture a red district in Western New York and a conservative win a diehard Democratic district in Brooklyn. And just two years ago, we saw the iconic Senate seat once held by Ted Kennedy taken over by a Tea Party Republican.

One thing is clear from all of this: the old rules do not apply. The only way to ensure a successful campaign is to stick to your principles, and show the values that drive your campaign.

But I need your help to do it. With just 14 months until the election, the time to fill our campaign coffers is now. We need to show the naysayers the strength of this campaign by reaching our goal of $150,000 before the crucial September 30 filing deadline.

Click here to make a contribution of $5 or more and help me build the strongest campaign possible before the September 30 deadline. The Tea Party won’t hesitate to try and knock me out I need your help to stop them.

The Republican roadmap to take back the majority in the U.S. Senate, and implement their plan to end Medicare as we know it, runs right through New York but I plan on being ready.

In my short career in elected office, I’ve been outspent, but never outworked, and this year will be no different. Ever since the Tea Party captured Congress, we have seen an outright assault on women’s rights, our social safety nets, and the economy as a whole. Now is the time for us to fight back with as much passion and energy as possible. The stakes for our future and our children’s couldn’t be higher.

The recent loss in New York City’s 9th Congressional District is a major wake up call. After a summer dominated by conservative talking points all over the airwaves, a Tea Party Republican was able to garner 55 percent of the vote in a Congressional District with a 3-to-1 Democratic registration advantage. If you weren’t concerned about losing progressive voices in the Senate before, you should be now.

Click here to rush your contribution today before the deadline on September 30. Your help now will create the momentum I need in this race.

Thank you for all of your past support you are the key to the success of this campaign. I cannot thank you enough.

Best,
Kirsten

By on September 16, 2011, 12:21 pm
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2 Responses to “Gillibrand Raises Off of 9th CD”

  1. Steve Kinkaid Says:
    September 21st, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    All the talk about Altschuler is a head-fake. I read in the paper that he didn’t even have the good sense or sympathy to attend a single 9/11 memorial event on the 10th commemoration. You can see just that on his website. Nothing. Really shocking. Bishop was all over the place. Really left a bad taste in my mouth, that’s aside from all the outsourcing crap.

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