Gov Sets High Noon for Senate Pick
Apparently David Paterson has now really, finally, absolutely made up his mind about his senate pick. The governor's press office just released his schedule for tomorrow, which calls for a noon press conference tomorrow in Albany to announce his "U.S. Senate Appointment."
Meanwhile, Long Island congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy has delivered what looks like a knockout punch to the chances of upstate rep Kirsten Gillibrand, who has been hyped all day as the new favorite.
McCarthy, whose husband died from the bullets of a deranged gunman on the LIRR, tells the Times that if pro-gun Gillibrand is the gov's pick, she'll run against her if she has to. "To have a senator representing the NRA for New York, that would be wrong," says McCarthy, 65. "If it comes down to that, I will primary in 2010."
Gillibrand's record -- as per Wayne Barrett's analysis below -- also includes votes for the Iraq War and against this fall's economic bailout plan.