I feel awful for being so out of it. A root canal gets harder to recover from as you get older. Or that is what I am telling myself.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is running for election. She was appointed to Hillary Clinton's Senate seat. Now she's up for election. When she had a male challenger in the Democratic Party primary, a lot of nasty things were being said about her. You may remember that. Gay members of this community (TCI community) asked C.I. to make a statement on behalf of the community as a whole and this appeared in the May 5, 2010 snapshot:
I thought then and I think now, "Good for Senator Gillibrand." And I was glad to see, this evening, at Huffington Post, that Jeffrey Campagna was giving Senator Gillibrand credit for what she has done:
I prefaced my request by praising Senator Gillibrand for using the bully pulpit of her office to advance the LGBT agenda: she has been one of the most outspoken Senator on the issue of Don't Ask Don't Tell and she has urged the LGBT community to push for inclusion in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 ever since endorsing The Power's petition on that issue in June, 2009. I noted that her use of the bully pulpit was particularly appreciated because the bully pulpit isn't often associated with a senator's job description. I then observed that much of the frustration among LGBT people in the room and across the country might be traced to the fact that for almost two years, while the LGBT legislative agenda has stagnated, President Obama has failed to use the bully pulpit of his office to speak out forcefully for LGBT equality. I noted that the President's silence was particularly deafening on this National Coming Out Day. I pointed out that with the national attention focused on the recent string of suicides provoked by anti-gay bullying, and on the kidnapping, torture, and robbery of three gay men in the Bronx by nine gang members in what many are calling the most sadistic act of gay bashing in New York City in more than a decade, this is "a teachable moment" in which the President can make the vivid case to the American people that "a fish rots from the head down" and that the unequal status of LGBT people results in violence and death.I really think this is an issue that needs to be noted, especially with the GOP candidate for governor making homphobic statements. I think the electorate will respond to the senator's record if they are aware of what she has done.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for today: