WikiLeaks Reveals Gillibrand Considered as Clinton's VP
E-mail shows New York Senator was among Hillary's first wave of choices
The upstate native was listed above Elizabeth Warren, no less.
Photo courtesy of the Online Office for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
For all the controversy drummed up by WikiLeaks' recent release of Hillary for America Chair John Podesta's e-mails, one message to Mrs. Clinton in particular might be of unique interest, and maybe even pride, to some New Yorkers. As first cited in the Times Union, Podesta wrote the Democratic presidential nominee back in March with an early listing of more than three dozen vice-presidential contenders, including New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.
The e-mail, which was sans subject line, noted that the first cut of candidates had been made, with the remaining organized into “rough food groups.” The list included another notable New Yorker, Michael Bloomberg, along with some unexpected picks like Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent, and both Bill and Melinda Gates.
Hudson Valley reached out to Senator Gillibrand’s office for comment, but had not gotten an official response as of this article's publication. And while her theoretical selection may have arguably been a coup for powerful New York women (Clinton having served as New York Senator herself), at least we still get the benefit of Gillibrand’s undivided time and attention.