Gillibrand 'embarrassed' by initial positions on guns, immigration – Albany Times Union (blog)

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

In a “60 Minutes” profile that aired Sunday evening, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s tried to explain the significant leftward shifts she made on gun control and immigration after her 2009 appointment to the Senate.

Gillirband — who attended Dartmouth College and UCLA Law School before spending a decade as a litigator in Manhattan — attributed her more conservative prior positions (which earned her an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association, downgraded to an “F” in 2010) to the conservative and overwhelmingly white demographic of the 20th Congressional District, which first elected her to the House in 2006.

“A few years ago, you said, ‘It has nothing to do with hunting. It has nothing to do with the Second Amendment,’” said CBS reporter Sharyn Alfonsi. “So why the 180?”

“After I got appointed, I went down to Brooklyn to meet with families who had suffered from gun violence in their communities,” Gillibrand said, according to the “60 Minutes” transcript. “And you immediately experience the feeling that I couldn’t have been more wrong — you know, I only had the lens of upstate New York.”

“But you had lived in New York City for a decade,” Alfonsi said.

“And that’s why I was embarrassed,” Gillibrand said.

Alfonsi: You traveled abroad.

Gillibrand: I was wrong. What it’s about is the power of the NRA and the greed of that industry. Let’s be clear. It is not about hunters’ rights, it’s about money.

Alfonsi: Your critics will say it’s political opportunism.

Gillibrand: As is their right. They can say what they like.

At the time, the 20th District included Columbia, Greene, Warren and Washington counties as well as chunks of Delaware, Dutchess, Essex, Otsego, Rensselaer and Saratoga counties.

Alfonsi’s narration then noted that Gillibrand’s earlier

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