New York's junior Senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, has caught a significant amount of heat for being one of just seven United States Senators to reject a Senate plan to deny federal housing dollars to the left-wing radical group ACORN.
The group has been accused of voter registration fraud during last year’s presidential campaign and recently was cut off from assisting the Census Bureau during the next census because of repeated allegations of misdeeds by the organization. Inflammatory undercover videos that show ACORN employees counseling people posing as a pimp and a prostitute on how to pay workers under the table and evade taxes have crushed the credibility of the group.
Gillibrand is unapologetic of her support for the group, saying they do good work that should continue. Shockingly, ACORN endorsed Gillibrand earlier this year. Gillibrand is likely to face a stiff challenge from former governor George Pataki in 2010.
In addition, Gillibrand is steadfast in her support of Employee Free Choice Act, also known as check-card. If you don't know what this job-killing legislation is, you should probably take a moment to read this piece.
It is believed that the enactment of the incredibly misnamed legislation check could destroy millions of jobs – including 600,000 in 2010 alone – by “eliminat[ing] secret ballot organizing elections” and “mandat[ing] government-directed arbitration.” House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) says the bill “is not about workers’ rights. It’s about meeting the demands of special-interest allies who helped Democrats take control of Washington.”
Still there is Gillibrand standing firm in her support of of EFCA. And ACORN.
It's interesting because there are mixed feelings about Gillibrand within her own party. When she first took over for Hilary Clinton, Dems labeled her too conservative on many issues, including guns and immigration.
She's worked hard to buck that image because she knows she will need all of the resources that labor can bring to the campaign if she is to win the election next year.
Personally, I had high hopes for Gillibrand when he was first appointed, thinking she may be moderate enough to bring a bi-partisan approach to the Senate. Unfortunately, she has proven me wrong, big time. She is in bed with labor and doesn't care one iota about bringing jobs to New York.
Even though this election is over a year away, I've already cast my vote - for whomever is opposing Kirstin Gillibrand.