Gillibrand makes fundraising pitch for Teachout

Kirsten Gillibrand

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has made a quarter-ending fundraising appeal on behalf of congressional candidate Zephyr Teachout, the law professor and 2014 gubernatorial candidate who is competing against two other Democrats with lower profiles to run for the 19th District seat that Chris Gibson will vacate this year.

Gillibrand, a Democrat who represented the same district before advancing to the Senate, praises Teachout for encouraging women’s participation in politics – a favored cause of Gillibrand’s – by both running for office and hiring women for her top campaign positions. On the last day of the first-quarter fundraising period, Gillibrand’s email is urging donors to pump up Teachout’s coffers for her three-way contest with Will Yandik and John Patrick Kehoe for the Democratic nomination.

Here’s an excerpt:

Zephyr Teachout

“There’s another thing I love about Zephyr – she’s got courage. Running for office isn’t easy. You’re vulnerable in ways you never imagined. But that doesn’t seem to worry Zephyr. She has a real commitment to public service, a joy for the democratic process that you don’t often see.

“When women raise their voices, they can impact politics in a positive way. I’m supporting Zephyr because I know she’ll go to Congress and continue to stand up for all the women of the Hudson Valley region and the New York Southern Tier.

“I can’t wait to work with her on the New York delegation, and I think her unique voice will be a breath of fresh air in the halls of Congress.”


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