Let Kirsten be who Kirsten is

Another Rant by: BettyJean Kling

One of my own pet peeves is that women are put in boxes to begin with. Why is every women in the Democratic Party expected to fall in line behind every so called Democrat issue. Kirsten was attractive to me because she didn’t fit into that box to begin with and was expected not to cave into politico pressure. I am annoyed because we constantly beg our politicians to be on our side then expect them to be robots after all. Maybe some of us are Steppford Wives and want the same in our female representative – not I.

As far as I am concerned- I hope this gal sticks to her guns and does exactly as she damned well pleases. And personally I am sick to death of hearing what NARRAL has to say about a damned thing! We are so much more than reproductive organisms that walk lockstep to the tune of Democratic Party issues. All together now … All I want for Christmas is the Equal Rights under the Constitution of the United States of America. I want 52% representation in my government and I will decide what I want for myself in terms of life- choices.

Oh and about guns If you don’t want one – by all means don’t get one- as for me – I damned well intend to be able to protect myself from anyone coming into my house with an illegal gun to blow out my brains – I reserve the right to defend myself and my family and shoot first!

So let’s let Kirsten be who Kirsten is. Can’t she be a progressive conservative democrat with common sense and the ability to consider the needs of all her constituents rather than cave into the same old crap that has kept ALL women down all these years?

But I digress- the reason for this post is to bring attention to how female politicians are derailed. For example: Here we go again- let the lady stand on her own two feet and show any strength at all and the good ole boys will turn out their favorite hit men aka the media to spread falsehoods and distortions. They print it and get other women to repeat these smears to do their dirty work for them, just like they did with Sarah and Hillary. It is obvious; Kennedy and Obama don’t like her, Kennedy because of Carolyn, and Obama because among other things she voted against stimulus bill.

On the other side of things the female politician is then defended by the true democrats who come to her defense with all the old tired bull shit that centrists- moderates- progressives and independents are just plain tired of marching in lock step to. These old anti -Shaffely types are just as much as a turn off on this side of the aisle as Shaffely is on the other side and female politicians are paying the price, and we wonder why we have only 17% representation.

Senator Gillabrand has a stellar resume – I am curious what it would look like if we unfettered her from that which holds women hostage from breaking through that glass ceiling. For the hell of it – go through the pieces below and peruse while well meaning and very kind how her defenders choose to advocate for her. Call me crazy – but having called oneself a conservative democrat, perhaps NARAL, PP are tired old labels unnecessarily attributed to all progressive women now. Both the media and our friends may be doing us harm if you ask me – but then who asked?

I am all for giving her that chance – and I would let her speak for herself – while I am at it. The Senator has a very good reason for reconsidering her positions now that her constituency covers the entire state- that is something I had not considered before I went off half cocked- but I am still all for owning guns- every women needs a gun for self protection!

     PUSHING BACK!  Posting by “SAM” http://weblogs.newsday.com/news/local/longisland/politics/blog/2009/02/gillibrand_gun_flipflop.html

NYNewsday’s coverage of Kirsten Gillibrand is doing a disservice to its readers by distorting her positions and viewpoints. They have chosen to focus on only 2 issues–guns and immigration. There is no mention of the support she has from such groups as Planned Parenthood, NARAL, the ACLU, Sierra Club, NAACP, League of Conservation Voters, the Farm Bureau and many other progressive groups. Perhaps Newsday should focus on her overall record and positions to give readers a true and more realistic picture of who Kirsten is. You have put her in a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t position”–if she changes her views, then she is flip-flopping, yet if she doesn’t change her views, then she is rigid and not listening to her constituents. Kirsten shares the viewpoints of many of her fellow Democrats, including President Obama and Sen. Schumer. She deserves a chance and so do your readers deserve a chance to have a full picture of who Kirsten Gillibrand is–they will like what they see.


Kirsten astounded the political world when she won handily in that Upstate congressional district against a tough incumbent. She did it the way she does everything: lazer-like focus and determination, hard work, keen intellect, and an impressive, independent approach to problem-solving and decision-making.


“Please meet my friend Kirsten Gillibrand” and pass along to others.”I want to tell you about my good friend Kirsten Gillibrand, and why I think she will be an outstanding US Senator for NY State.

I got to know Kirsten in the early days of organizing for the Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Committee, a group with an impressive track record of electing progressive democratic women to state and local office.

Kirsten was a successful young corporate lawyer in New York City and I had known and worked with her legendary grandmother, Polly Noonan, who was, for decades, a power house in Albany County Democratic politics.

Kirsten, with her characteristic high energy, enthusiasm, and generous spirit, jumped in and did a fabulous job hosting events and recruiting other young women professionals to get involved. She was asked to join the board of Directors of ERLC where she continued to contribute with her sound judgment and thoughtful, well-considered opinions.

She and her husband Jonathan (who is wonderful) decided to move to Hudson, NY, near the area where she grew up, shortly after the birth of their first child. When Kirsten first told me she was thinking of running for the House of Representatives from the district, I was not encouraging. It was (and is) one of the most Republican districts in NY State – seemingly impossible for a progressive Democrat to win.

Two years later, she won re-election with a whopping 62% of the vote against a self-funded, multi-millionaire, former Chair of the State GOP who spent almost $6 million against her.

She won in this conservative, heavily Republican district despite very high marks from most of the national progressive watch-dog organizations: She has a 100% voting record with the ACLU, NARAL, NOW, and Planned Parenthood. She has 95% from the League of Conservation Voters, and 96% from the NAACP. She was also endorsed by the Human Rights Campaign, the National Education Association, and the Sierra Club.

She has come under fire for her past votes on immigration issues and gun control. Her positions on these issues have been influenced by the concerns of the district where hunting is a historic part of the local culture, and where an influx of immigrants has coincided with high unemployment and severe economic hardship.

She has said that, now that her constituency includes all of NY State with our remarkable diversity of interests and concerns, she will seek to find a balance among those concerns. She moved quickly to meet with urban constituents to find common ground and to craft real solutions to their problems. For example, she is drafting legislation aimed at stopping the traffic of illegal firearms from southern states – a major source of gun violence in our cities. And she is championing the DREAM Act to give children of illegal immigrants the opportunity to attend college.

I hope that the news media and New York voters will give her a fair chance, something often denied to women when there is an intense competition for political power. I know she has the talent and the heart to become a truly outstanding leader in the US Senate.

I wanted to share my thoughts with you because the Kirsten who is being portrayed by the media is so different from the one I have come to know and admire. I appreciate your taking the time to read this.

Many thanks,


One Response

  1. Did she vote against the “stimulate nothing” bill??

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