A new Marist poll shows former Governor George Pataki beating by 4 points incumbent Democratic US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.
Senator Gillibrand was the controversial upstater who was pro-gun and anti-TARP. She was the fresh face selected last June by Governor Paterson to replace Hillary Clinton.
From the beginning the media elite trashed her because she was not the media darling, Caroline Kennedy. The far left of the Democratic party threatened a primary until party leaders led by Senator Schumer put their foot down.....and Rep. Carolyn Maloney said the N-word in public......
Gillibrands upstate, blue dog charm has been whittled away by the need to conform to a party largely run by downstate leftists.
This week she pinned a target to herself by voting against cutting off funding to the largely discredited social do-gooder agency known as ACORN....
Save your defense of ACORN, among those center-right upstaters, that vote was telling.
Now the once unpopular former governor is beating her in the polls.
2010 may be a tough year for Democrats.....if for no other reason than midterms are tough for the party in power and the Dems have done so well the last two cycles, the pendulum is poised to swing.
Senator Gillibrand is held in suspicion by the Manhattan liberal elite and by currying their favor she is losing her bluedog chops.
I mean George Pataki is hardly a fresh faced, new ideas guy.....He's old news, but he is ahead....Senator Gillibrand should be wondering why.