Kirsten Gillibrand Gets "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Hearings
Gillibrand had considered introducing a stay on military discharges of gay personnel, but found the sledding rough and pushed instead for the hearings, which she says is a done deal.
As Gillibrand is expected to face a challenge next year from the more liberal Carolyn Maloney -- whom recently polling showed running ahead of Gillibrand -- this is probably a smart move for Gillibrand, and would seem to follow the "evolutionary" liberal path Chuck Schumer prescribed for her when she was appointed. Though she was less supportive of gay concerns in the past, Gillibrand came out, so to speak, against DADT to gay groups back in January. She called for repeal of DADT in a June Huffington Post article.
Her conversion seems to please progressive New York Democrats. "Kirsten Gillibrand: Progressive?" asks DemConWatch. And an "ardent critic" at From The Left says, "Was I Wrong About Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand?"