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HRC (and others) react to Gillibrand

From NBC's Mark Murray
Hillary Clinton's statement: "Today I congratulate Kirsten Gillibrand on her appointment by Gov. Paterson to serve as senator from New York. Kristen is an intelligent and dedicated public servant and a dear friend. I'm pleased that this seat, which has been my great honor to hold, and which has in its history been held by leaders like former Sens. Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Robert F. Kennedy, will be in such capable hands. And I look forward to working with Sen. Gillibrand as we meet the challenges and seize the opportunities facing New York, our nation and the world.

Harry Reid: "I just spoke to Kirsten Gillibrand to congratulate her on this appointment and told her that I know she will be a superb senator for the people of New York. I commend Gov. Paterson for choosing an effective Member of Congress and a proven problem solver who is committed to fiscal discipline, making America more secure and ensuring government is transparent and accountable. Gillibrand is a rising star in the Democratic Party who I am confident will quickly become a rising star here in the Senate and will pick up where Hillary Clinton left off in looking out for the interests of all New Yorkers."

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence: "We have been disappointed by Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand's record on preventing gun violence during her one term in Congress. For example, she supported legislation that would have weakened efforts to fight illegal gun trafficking. We are hopeful, however, that as a United States senator representing the entire state of New York she will follow the example of Sen. Charles Schumer and former Sen. Clinton and work with us to make it harder for dangerous people to get dangerous weapons in this country."

And Brian Walsh of the National Republican Senatorial Committee: "Gov. Paterson's choice of a relatively unknown and inexperienced individual in a field of far more experienced candidates whose political leanings are more closely aligned with the New York Democrat Party is an interesting one. Clearly, Kirsten Gillibrand's appointment at the end of this chaotic process has angered the left-wing and created a real schism in the Democrat Party." More: "It's particularly noteworthy that the governor has refused to release the policy position questionnaires that he asked all prospective candidates to complete. As an appointed senator, rather than an elected one, Kirsten Gillibrand should do the right thing now and voluntarily make her questionnaire public to her new constituents in New York."