Kirsten Gillibrand will fill Hillary Clinton’s now-vacant Senate seat. At least, that’s what the current reports are. As we know, anything can happen with this one, but it looks pretty definite.
For all the (entirely unnecessary) drama around filling the vacancy, this strikes me as a solid choice. Gillibrand — whose district encompasses the entire western border of Massachusetts, and whom we are therefore pleased to deem an honorary Bay Stater — has already proven that she’s a tough, formidable campaigner and fundraiser. There are reports that her relatively conservative stance on gun control will draw a primary challenge in 2010. That’s just fine — exactly as it should be. All the recent evidence suggests (at least to me) that a contested primary strengthens, rather than weakens, the ultimate primary winner for the general election. So bring ’em on.
Congratulations to soon-to-be Senator Gillibrand.