From NBC's Abby Livingston
This morning, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand had news she wanted the political world -- especially potential Dem and GOP rivals -- to know: She raised $2.3 million in just two months.
"I wanted to personally thank you for your support and let you be the first to know that thanks to an overwhelming show of support from voters all over New York, our campaign shattered our goals," Gillibrand said in an email to supporters (and also political reporters). "The numbers will not be officially released until later this month, but you've helped me raise more than $2.3 million in the two months since I was sworn in to the Senate."
Fundraising is an important metric for Gillibrand, who might have to run three competitive races in the next four years -- the 2010 Dem primary, 2010 general election, and 2012 general election (when the full term of her Senate seat expires).
Also in her email, Gillibrand did her best to wrap herself around Obama and fellow New York Sen. Chuck Schumer. "I pledge to continue working hand-in-hand with President Obama and Senator Schumer to turn our economy around, create good paying jobs in New York and finally reform our broken health care system so every New Yorker has access to quality, affordable health care."