Friday, March 12, 2010

Hudson Democrats Endorse Kirsten Gillibrand and Didi Barrett


The Hudson City Democratic Committee, at its monthly meeting held March 9th 2010 has unanimously endorsed Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in her first election for United State Senator.  Ms. Gillibrand was appointed to the seat by Governor David Paterson last year, to fill the vacancy resulting from Hillary Clinton's appointment as Secretary of State.

Hudson Democrats Chairman, Victor Mendolia said:
"Senator Gillibrand has quickly become a leading, progressive voice, fighting for New York in the Senate.  The fact that she has become such a major force, while an appointed freshman Senator, is remarkable; that she lives here in Columbia County is a also great source of pride for us. The committee has unanimously voted to endorse Senator Gillibrand, and we look forward to working actively and forcefully for her election this Fall." 


The committee also unanimously endorsed Dutchess County resident Didi Barrett for New York State Senate (41st SD). Ms. Barrett is a longtime advocate for women and girls and was the founding chair of Girls Incorporated and founder of the New York Women's Foundation. She has also been active in an array of non-profit arts organizations including the American Folk Art Museum, Half Moon Theater and others. In the political word, she has served on the finance committee for both Senator Chuck Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's campaign committees.

Chairman Mendolia continued:
"People are disgusted with gridlock in state government. Senator Saland with his thirty years in office, is part of that problem.  We need a fresh voice, without the political baggage, to help break the cycle of pay-to-play in the State Senate.  Didi is not a career politician, she is running because she wants to change Albany. The Hudson City Democratic Committee is proud to have unanimously endorsed her and we look forward to helping her win in November."

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