Voter Guide: Democratic U.S. Senate Primary

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Kirsten Gillibrand and Gail Goode

The Democratic US Senate primary will be decided between Kirsten Gillibrand and Gail Goode. Gillibrand has served in the Senate for the last two years, filling the seat vacated by Hillary Clinton when she became U.S. Secretary of State. This is the first time Goode has run for office. She is a lawyer and the deputy borough chief of trials for Brooklyn. She's also a former lawyer for the New York City Transit Authority.

Kirsten Gillibrand

WNYC Coverage of Kirsten Gillibrand:

The Brian Lehrer Show: Gillibrand on the Democrats’ Future (January 22, 2010)

Financial Reform a Tricky Balancing Act for NY Senators (May 4, 2010)

Questions Linger Over Gillibrand's Immigration Stance (January 29, 2009)

The Brian Lehrer Show: The Junior Senator (June 9, 2009)

The Brian Lehrer Show: The Freshman Class (January 2, 2007)

Fast Facts:

·  Born and raised in upstate New York. Both parents are attorneys, and her father was a Democratic lobbyist with ties to former Governor George Pataki and former Senator Al D’Amato.
·  Special counsel to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (Andrew Cuomo) during the Clinton Administration
·  Democratic Congresswoman 2006-2009
·  Senate Committee Assignments: Special Committee on Aging; Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry; Environment and Public Works; Foreign Relations


·  Latest Quinnipiac University poll (9/1/10) has Gillibrand dominating any of her three possible Republican challengers and shows that New York State voters approve of the job she’s doing as Senator.


·  Has 100% approval rating from the National Rifle Association
·  Voted against the Wall Street TARP bill, otherwise known as the "bank bailout" bill
·  Favors abortion rights
·  Favors the English-only movement
·  Voted to withdraw troops from Iraq

Campaign Funding and Spending:

Guide to Gillibrand's campaign fundraising and spending (

Other links:

Times Topics: Kirsten Gillibrand (The New York Times)

Campaign Web site: Gillibrand for U.S. Senate


WNYC Coverage of Gail Goode:

Digesting Politics: Rangel’s Birthday Bash, Race for New York’s Attorney General, “The Professional Left” and More (August 13, 2010)

Poll: Voters Looking for Gillibrand Alternative Don't See it in GOP Crowd (July 15, 2010)

Fast Facts:

·  Collected the signatures of over 45,000 registered Democrats to run and emphasizes the need for free elections
·  This is the first time Goode has ever run for office. She’s using her life savings to fund her campaign


·  Strong proponent of gun control, supports Wall Street regulation, supports current immigration law, supports marriage equality
·  Supports Wall Street regulation
·  Supports current immigration law
·  Supports marriage equality 

Campaign Funding and Spending: (of NY Senate race including Goode):

Guide to to the New York Senate Race, including Goode (
Other links:
Gail Goode Interview on Capitol Tonight with Liz Benjamin, Parts One and Two (YouTube)

Gillibrand Finally Gets A Primary Challenger In New York Senate Race (Talking Points Memo)

Gail Goode Is Good to Go Against Gillibrand in Primary (The Village Voice)

Gail Goode Petitioning To Run Against Kirsten Gillibrand (The New York Daily News)

Campaign Web site: Gail Goode for U.S. Senate