Gillibrand Plays Base

Senator Gillibrand got a rollicking reception at a gala dinner for the Human Rights Campaign on Saturday night, when she said she’ll try to starve Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell of any federal funding.

“Tonight I am announcing that I plan to introduce an amendment to the budget that will bar the use of funds for the enforcement of this policy,” she said to sustained applause, punctuated with a few whoops and hollers.

That Ms. Gillibrand drew a raucous reception from the gay-rights community–which has done as much as any issue group to discourage a primary challenge to the appointed senator–is, perhaps, somewhat ironic given her uneasy place in the LGBT universe upon her appointment, just over a year ago.

It’s just the the kind of rousing address that Ms. Gillibrand–who has had her unspectacular moments in the spotlight–needs to deliver consistently as she tries to thwart a primary challenge from former Congressman Harold Ford Jr., who seems to relish his time in front of the cameras.

 

Gillibrand Plays Base