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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Kirsten Gillibrand gets primary challenger in Gail Goode

By Sam Foster
Via NY Daily News

You really have to hand it to the downstate political bosses, because they worked hard to clear the field for Gillibrand from both Democrat and Republican challengers.  It turns out some efforts were in vain, Gillibrand now has a primary challenger.  Former Bronx prosecutor Gail Goode has thrown her name into the ring.

NY Daily News reports:

Gail Goode, a longtime but little-known city lawyer, plans to deliver 45,000 petitions to the Board of Elections tomorrow to get herself on the Democratic primary ballot against incumbent Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

"New Yorkers have a right to a Democratic primary," said Goode, who spoke to me at NYDEMCON about her efforts to get her name out there despite what she called the effort of "forces outside of New York State" to discourage anyone from challenging Gillibrand.

The junior senator, who was appointed by Gov. Paterson to replace Hillary Clinton, is defending her seat for the first time. So far, at least three Republicans are tangling for the chance to represent the GOP in the November general election.

Goode is a long-shot at best with Chuck Schumer maneuvering behind the scenes on Gillibrand's behalf.  However, it appears that NYC's need to dominate both Senate seats (Gillibrand comes from the Albany area, not NYC) is more potent than the city's king-makers.


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