Mid-Morning Read: Kirsten Gillibrand

It’s Kirsten Gillibrand, her office confirmed.

Hollywood Today carries the news.

She has 1,165 supporters on Facebook.

Gillibrand’s arrival in Albany last night is big news.

“She’s a real star,” said Judith Hope, the former State Democratic Party chairwoman.

Joe Scarborough said David Paterson’s office acted in the “most classless of ways” towards Caroline Kennedy.

Rod Blagojevich did better in picking a senator than Paterson, says Jacob Gershman.

Paterson’s “poor handling of this process will come back to haunt him should he have ambitions to run for re-election,” says a writer on Black Political Thought.

Publicly inviting people to enter a private selection process was just “one of the incredibly stupid elements of Paterson’s approach,” said John Riley.

Kennedy’s withdrawal “was almost as bizarre as Paterson’s behavior throughout the affair,” says the New York Post editorial board (which had endorsed Kennedy).

It never seemed like she wanted it, writes Corzky Siemaszko.

Suggesting that Ted Kennedy’s declining health persuaded Caroline Kennedy to drop out of the race “will get in the way of health reform,” a former aide to the senator said.

Kennedy’s senate bid ended “in almost comically chaotic fashion,” says the Post Star.

Ben Smith and Glenn Thrush weigh in on the Paterson-Kennedy affair.

Picking Gillibrand won’t quiet some critics.

It’s a “major rebuff” to Andrew Cuomo, Carolyn Maloney and others, says the New York Post.

Bill Hammond said Paterson should have called for a special election.

Anne Kornblut says Kennedy is the latest women to face a double standard in national politics.

A progressive blogger wonders if Gillibrand is so bad, why haven’t Democrats done more find a progressive alternative to her in that district.

This guy is campaigning for City Council by saying he’s like Gillibrand: an anti-bailout, pro-2nd Amendment.

Among the possible Republican candidates to run for Gillibrand’s seat: Elizabeth Little, John Faso, Jim Tedisco, and Sandy Treadwell.

Michael Bloomberg and Kevin Sheekey are blemished because of Kennedy’s withdrawal, but Paterson is the big loser, says Clyde Haberman.

Tom Suozzi’s future is in Albany, argues Dan Janison.

$7,153 is how much each person living in New York City owes.

Malcolm Smith used campaign cash to give another senator a loan “for something personal.”

A defense attorney tries undermining the prosecutor’s case by raising Spitzer’s name.

And here’s video of Bill Clinton speaking at a Gillibrand campaign rally. Mid-Morning Read: Kirsten Gillibrand