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  Spitzer Calls Gillibrand’s Views ‘Wrong’ and ‘Malleable’
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Last EditedBob  Jan 10, 2010 01:16am
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AuthorSarah Wheaton
MediaNewspaper - New York Times
News DateSaturday, January 9, 2010 07:15:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionFormer Gov. Eliot Spitzer tore into Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand’s performance in the office during an interview with an Albany radio station, and attacked Democratic leaders for protecting her.

In an interview on WAMC, Mr. Spitzer said he would not have appointed Ms. Gillibrand “under any circumstance” because her “views on issues are either wrong or too malleable.”

Gov. David A. Paterson appointed Ms. Gillibrand to the seat vacated by Hillary Rodham Clinton, who left the Senate to become secretary of state. She cultivated a reputation as a centrist in the House of Representatives, winning two elections in a conservative upstate district. But since her appointment, Ms. Gillibrand has staked out public positions more in line with the state’s Democratic mainstream on some issues.

“We need people in leadership now who know what they believe, who are willing to stand up and state what they believe and make tough decisions on critical issues relating to the economy, civil rights, issues of crime and punishment, guns, same-sex marriage,” Mr. Spitzer told WAMC’s Alan Chartock. “And I just think on every one of those scores, she fails.”
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