Ambitious Gillibrand Disliked by Peers

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 23, 2009 7:28 PM CST

(Newser) – Newly named Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand isn't too popular among her peers, Politico reports. The ambitious politician, who took Hillary Clinton's old seat today, has earned the nickname “Tracy Flick”—a reference to Reese Witherspoon's competitive, bubbly character in Election—for bypassing older lawmakers on her way up the ladder. “Nobody really likes her,” groused one member of Congress from New York.

But powerful politicians like Hillary Clinton and David Paterson clearly like her competitive style. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who was upset over Gillibrand's attempt to snag a House Ways and Means seat slated for another pol, gave her a kiss during her swearing-in. Still, the senator "is going to have to prove to a lot of people in the delegation" that she can cooperate, one New York Democrat said.

Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. appears at a news conference in Albany, N.Y., Friday, Jan. 23, 2009 with New York Gov. David Paterson.
Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. appears at a news conference in Albany, N.Y., Friday, Jan. 23, 2009 with New York Gov. David Paterson.   (AP Photo/Tim Roske)
Kirsten Gillibrand  applauds during a news conference announcing her as New York Gov. David A. Paterson's choice to fill the vacant Senate seat for New York on January 23, 2009 in Albany, New York.
Kirsten Gillibrand applauds during a news conference announcing her as New York Gov. David A. Paterson's choice to fill the vacant Senate seat for New York on January 23, 2009 in Albany, New York.   (Getty Images)
Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. appears at a news conference in Albany, N.Y., Friday, Jan. 23, 2009.
Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. appears at a news conference in Albany, N.Y., Friday, Jan. 23, 2009.   (AP Photo/Tim Roske)
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