Gillibrand in Greenwich
Kirsten was on hand for about two hours for a fundraiser in Washington County. Grassroots supporters of the campaign attended along with those first meeting Kirsten, including registered Democrats, Republicans, and those in other parties.
Gillibrand spoke about issues she is working on including: her three year plan and Exit Strategy for Iraq, her middle class tax cut proposals, and the need to create new jobs and industry at home with bold ideas on biofuel and ethanol development to boost the district's economy and create jobs. She cited John F. Kennedy's 1962 speech about going to the moon, in which he said:
We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win...
Gillibrand answered questions from the audience about everything from the federal marriage amendment to local property taxes. She said that she is eager to work with Eliot Spitzer on property taxes and had some innovative thoughts on the matter. She said, "The system we have currently pits seniors against students." And she's right. That isn't working.
A school board member asked to be kept up informed about the property tax issue. Another resident asked if Gillibrand had read RFK Jr.'s Rolling Stone article yet.
A Greenwich resident was concerned about Sweeney's (R NY) negative attacks on Kirsten's family. The audience laughed when Gillibrand said she thought the only person left to attack soon would be her two year old. She said that the voters will see the contrast, she will hold him accountable for his actions - his traveling with lobbyists and then voting for the legislation they support like he did on CAFTA (which Bush supported and which passed by 2 votes.) Votes that hurt the people of this district are going to be the focus of her criticism, not his family.
Presumably, she's not going to worry over whether or not he's pretty either.
Check out David Doonan's photos of Kirsten Gillibrand event in Greenwich on June 12th.