Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s alignment is with her people, the people of the United States. And she is not Elizabeth Warren, who seems to need a deeper understanding of what the word progressive means.
Is this a joke? Gillibrand is a Blue Dog. She does not hide this at all. She is openly and proudly a Blue Dog, which is the most conservative faction of the Democratic Party. This is the opposite of being progressive.
Let’s just look at some facts from OpenSecrets. Her top five campaign donors:
Oh, look. There’s Goldman Sachs. And who is Boies, Schiller & Flexner, anyway? Oh, they’re the law firm that represented the NFL against the player’s union in antitrust litigation. Who else have they represented? Look at that, they helped Goldman Sachs close a $200 million dollar coal mine deal. Sounds awesome. This is real ‘for the people’ stuff.
What’s that? Gillibrand was a former partner at that BSF? Well that’s interesting. Maybe she’ll have a job lined up at her old firm after she gets voted out of office, or maybe she’ll just go straight to Goldman Sachs. I wonder what her salary will be. Will it be as good as Eric Cantor’s $3.4 million deal was?
Anyway, here are the top five industries that supported her:
I see real estate in there. That’s interesting. Can we think of any famous New Yorkers in real estate? Oh yeah, our oaf of a president. Surely he didn’t donate to Gillibrand, did he? Oh wait, yes he did, to the tune of $4,800. Nothing says “my alignment is with the people” like taking campaign contributions from Donald Trump.
Here is her contribution breakdown:
81% business and 10% labor. This is not the contribution breakdown of a representative of the people. This is the contribution breakdown of a neoliberal corporatist.
But, at least she was on the right side of #NoDAPL. Oh wait, I guess she never said anything about that. Not one peep.