January 22, 2009

austerlitz, coxsackie, starbuckville


Now, I'm writing this at 7:15pm on the West Coast, Thursday night - so we can't say anything for sure, yet - but it's looking like our brilliant Congresswoman and friend Kirsten Gillibrand will be the next junior Senator from the Great State of New York. [midnight update: it's her! -ed.]

our billboard outside the farm for KG's 2006 campaign

Kirsten is exactly the same age as us, started a family the same year as us, went through the heartache of the early Bush years as we did, and all through it, remained steadfast in her convictions. In 2006, she took our Congressional district - which had voted deeply Republican since Julius Caesar won the Battle of Pharsalus - and turned it blue with a little bit of luck and a lot of plain, open honesty.

Once in office, she started publically publishing her schedule on the Web (unheard of!) and made every decision a matter of easy open record. Because of our district, she has had to make choices I hate - FISA, the NRA, and the like - but she was truly representing her constituency. I have no doubt she'll move to the center (or even center-left) of the party when she represents the whole of New York.

We picked up our Inaugural tickets from Kirsten on Tuesday, and they took a picture of her with me, Tessa and our friend Kelly. While we're beyond excited to have Rep. Gillibrand picked for the Senate, I think we can all agree on this: my hair ought to be considered as well.


Posted by Ian Williams at January 22, 2009 7:33 PM
Posted by: Lyle at January 22, 2009 9:31 PM

Ha! to the hair joke. It's making me think...imagine if y'all had snagged some of those coveted close-up seats for the Inaugural. People would have been cursing the hair for blowing around and blocking their view of history in the making. Much like Aretha's totally awesome hat! :)

Posted by: Seth at January 22, 2009 9:36 PM

What a scoop!

Posted by: Lars at January 22, 2009 11:48 PM

The NYT announced atat 2:26 AM EST that Paterson selected Gillibrand.


Posted by: xuxE at January 23, 2009 12:42 AM

hey i just saw the announcement - nice!

Posted by: Anne at January 23, 2009 3:50 AM

You guys know how to pick a winner. Congrats! I'll follow her Senatorial career with interest from little Rhody.

The hair: Have you seen pics of the actor Rob Pattinson when he was out flogging the teen vampire movie "Twilight"? You two have something in common. ;-)

Posted by: hkk at January 23, 2009 4:05 AM

She's against gay marriage, a pro-gun (NRA endorsed) candidate. I didn't think she would line up with your views Ian, or is the personal connection enough?

Posted by: hkk at January 23, 2009 4:07 AM

And she went to DAAAAAAARTMOUTH....

Posted by: Bozoette Mary at January 23, 2009 5:00 AM

I saw the announcement on Comcast.net this morning and thought, "Hey! That's Ian's rep!" Congrats to her, the state of New York, and your hair.

Posted by: Alan at January 23, 2009 5:09 AM

Nice "Darth Vader meets the Michelin Man" jacket.

Posted by: GFWD at January 23, 2009 5:31 AM


Posted by: LFMD at January 23, 2009 7:06 AM

I just heard on my podcast about KG and headed straight to your blog. How exciting! She is the same age as us and has a family? I feel like a blob in comparison. Go Kirsten!

As for the hair, from what I have seen, a man your age with a head full of hair still in its natural color is an anomaly. Show it off!

Posted by: Ehren at January 23, 2009 7:27 AM

This is great news, Ian. I was really uneasy about Kennedy's demeanor during this whole process, and was relieved when she dropped out. By contrast, hearing that the person you guys have supported for years is getting a shot after having worked her way up is exactly the sort of story I can buy into.

Posted by: Lyle at January 23, 2009 8:35 AM

hkk, I was chagrined by your comment re gay marriage, so I looked up Kirsten Gillibrand on Wikipedia, which states that she "supports same-sex marriage." Good! It did, however, mention that she is "against gun control", as Ian notes above.

Posted by: Tanya at January 23, 2009 10:05 AM

*glancing at way Tessa is holding envelope*

Got any news, Ian? ;)

Posted by: Piglet at January 23, 2009 11:04 AM

I've admired Gillibrand ever since she kicked Bluto Sweeney's ass in 2006. She'll make a great US Senator, hopefully for decades.

Only thing is, will you be able to hold your Congressional district for the Democrats? It's gerrymandered pretty Republican...

Posted by: Rebecca at January 23, 2009 1:02 PM

I too thought of you both when I read the rumors late last night. It appears to be an excellent choice, and I am happy for Kirsten, and hope that she will represent NY well. Perhaps she can even change her gun control stance now that she represents ALL of NY, rather than just her rural district. We can hope, right?

Regarding the hair, surely it's as qualified as Caroline Kennedy!

Posted by: kjf at January 23, 2009 1:53 PM

re: gillibrand on gay rights


Posted by: Carolyn at January 23, 2009 4:10 PM

On the drudgereport right now they have her picture and underneath it the caption "Star is Born."

RE: your hair. It's rad.

Posted by: Salem's Little Sister at January 24, 2009 1:59 PM

Your hair reminds me of this guy, although you would use your powers for good I'm sure.

Posted by: kent at January 25, 2009 6:33 AM

Syndrome, maybe, Heat Miser, definitely!

Posted by: Ian at January 25, 2009 2:46 PM

I've always been partial to Heatmiser myself:

Posted by: oliver at January 26, 2009 11:55 AM

Have you thought about what agency or department you'll head when she's president?

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