Senator Kirsten Gillibrand–who was panned by some anti-gun groups when she was appointed to the Senate last year–has picked up the endorsement of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
“We want the people of New York to know that we enthusiastically support Senator Gillibrand’s campaign for the U.S. Senate,” Paul Helmke, President of the Brady Campaign said in a release emailed by her campaign.
The endorsement would seem to complete Ms. Gillibrand’s evolution from an upstate congresswoman who kept two rifles under her bed, to the kind of anti-gun advocate more in line with the state’s Democratic establishment.
The release addresses that issue:
Some political observers and New York journalists questioned Gillibrand’s record on guns when she was appointed by New York’s Governor to fill the remainder of the term of former U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton, when Mrs. Clinton was confirmed as the U.S. Secretary of State. But Helmke noted that she has established a solid record on sensible gun laws as a U.S. Senator, voting against extreme gun lobby amendments on numerous occasions, and teaming with Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) in authoring important legislation to combat illegal gun trafficking.
The email also includes a couple of links where supporters can donate to her re-election campaign.