Curious and Curiouser: Kennedy Supports Gillibrand?

* EDITOR’S NOTE: I’m having one of those Alice in Wonderland moments after reading Elizabeth Benjamin’s NY Daily News column in which she reports that Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is now Senator Kirsten Gillbrand’s new BFF. (Um…WTF?)

Here’s the story:

Gillibrand Pitches The WFP, Appears With RFK Jr.

April 20, 2009

The latest stops on Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s “I love the left” tour: A meeting with Working Families Party leaders and a press conference with the son of the man whose Senate seat she now holds, Robert F. Kennedy Jr.


The state’s junior senator met this morning with members of the labor-backed party’s executive committee, a WFP spokesman confirmed. The con-fab took place at the downtown HQ of the CWA, whose political director, Bob Master, is a WFP co-chair.

“We want to start working together on the big issues facing working people – Green jobs, healthcare, and campaign finance and immigration reform. Now more than ever, New York needs a progressive champion,” said WFP Executive Director Dan Cantor. “We hope Senator Gillibrand can be that.”

The meeting was strictly informational since it’s far too early to discuss endorsements for the 2010 cycle. (The party hasn’t even picked a mayoral candidate yet).

But there’s no doubt Gillibrand would surely love to land the WFP’s support next fall – particularly if she ends up facing a primary challenge from one or more of the Democratic House members currently circling her.


The WFP would be the ultimate validator of the liberal credentials Gillibrand is now striving so hard to polish up. She wouldn’t have the party’s line in a Democratic primary, but, thanks to Assemblyman Richard Brodsky’s legal skills and a 2006 court decision, the WFP could put its crack field operation to work on her behalf.

The WFP has a long-standing relationship with one of Gillibrand’s potential primary rivals: Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer.

The party worked on Stringer’s behalf during the 2005 Democratic BP primary, which led to a complaint by his opponent, then-Councilwoman Eva Moskowitz. The CFB ultimately sided with Stringer and the WFP.

Gillibrand has her work cut out for her, according to today’s Siena NY poll. Her favorable/unfavorable rating is slowly tilting in her favor (33-23 compared to 26-20 last month), but 47 percent of New Yorkers polled this month said they’d prefer someone else be elected to Hillary Clinton’s old US Senate seat compared to 37 percent in March.

Also today, Gillibrand appeared with RFK Jr., an environmental lawyer and vice chair of Riverkeeper, who was briefly touted as a potential as a contender for the Senate seat once held by his father.

RFK Jr. ultimately withdrew his name from consideration and threw his support to his cousin, Caroline Kennedy, who was passed over by Gov. David Paterson in favor of Gillibrand.

Gillibrand and RFK Jr. held a press conference at the South Street Seaport along with students from the Urban Assembly New York Habor School to call ofr federal investment in environmental education. 



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3 responses to “Curious and Curiouser: Kennedy Supports Gillibrand?

  1. Sam, NYC

    … and here’s the video of RFK Jnr’s comments. He says she’ll make a great Senator and that the Kennedy family have been behind her from the beginning.

  2. Concerned U.S. Citizen

    talk about awkward… What is going on these days?!

    Just when you think you have a bearing on a political personality… it goes awry, and these days… to great lengths.

    I cannot for the life of me comprehend or understand the signals made from the Kennedy’s and with particular attention to RFK,Jr.

    I won’t get into details but my essence inside me feels like saying “I’m angered” or at least dissapointed that RFK, JR. doesn’t stand up on his hind legs and bite back at the obvious thrashing he’s been handed in being made to do tricks like roll over, fetch and now… PLAY DEAD!

    Hey RFK, Jr. whenever you want to take yourself and US seriously, in backing you up for representing us as our leader (for anything) just say the word (Publicly) and without wincing over wondering if the party of the “RULING CLASS ELITE” takes exception to your seperating from the pack (of wolves) and being a real people’s choice for REAL CHANGE… Enough of the SPARE CHANGE…


    • Tell us how you really feel, Jack…;)

      As you know, I am not an Obama supporter. I don’t believe in following any leader when he’s leading us right over a cliff…

      Count me out.

      And to all my blind bretheren out there in the Democratic “party” (yes, RFK Jr. included)…ya’ll need to wake the hell up. Open your eyes and see what’s really going on. Obama will NEVER be your beloved JFK/RFK. More like LBJ, folks.

      Let me simplify this for everybody:

      If you stand with Obama, you stand for WAR.

      War in Iraq.
      War in Afghanistan.
      War in Pakistan (trust me, we’re going there).
      War in Iran?

      Give Peace A Chance. Would be nice for a “CHANGE.”

      Come you masters of war, you that build the big guns,
      You that build the death planes, you that build all the bombs,
      You that hide behind walls, you that hide behind desks.
      I just want you to know I can see through your masks.

      You that never done nothin’ but build to destroy.
      You play with my world like it’s your little toy.
      You put a gun in my hand, then you hide from my eyes.
      Then you turn and run farther when the fast bullets fly.

      Like Judas of old, you lie and deceive.
      A world war can’t be won, you want me to believe.
      But I see through your eyes, and I see through your brain,
      Like I see through the water that runs down my drain.

      You that fasten all the triggers for the others to fire.
      Then you sit back and watch while the death count gets higher.
      You hide in your mansions while the young people’s blood
      Flows out of their bodies and is buried in the mud.

      You’ve thrown the worst fear that could be hurled;
      The fear to bring children into this world.
      For threatening my baby, unborn and unnamed,
      You ain’t worth the blood that runs in your veins.

      How much do I know to talk out of turn?
      You might say that I’m young, you might say I’m unlearned.
      But there’s one thing I know, though I’m younger than you,
      Even Jesus would never forgive what you do.

      Let me ask you one question: Is your money that good?
      Will it buy you forgiveness? Do you think that it could?
      I think you will find, when your death takes its toll,
      All the money you made will never buy back your soul.

      — “Masters of War” by Bob Dylan

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