First-Termer Gillibrand Cranks Up Fundraising

Posted March 13, 2007 at 2:48pm

Freshman Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand (D) has scheduled her first major in-district fundraiser since entering Congress in January.

First reported by the Albany Times Union, the fundraiser is scheduled for March 24 at a hotel in Saratoga Springs. Ticket prices start at $125.

“The Gillibrand campaign is off to the races once again,” an invitation to the event reads. “With only two months in office, our Congresswoman, Kirsten Gillibrand, has distinguished herself as one of the hardest working members of Congress. The Republicans have taken notice and she is their ‘top target.’”

A handful of Republicans are considering challenging Gillibrand in the GOP-leaning upstate district, led by wealthy former state Republican Chairman Sandy Treadwell. Ex-Rep. John Sweeney (R), whom Gillibrand ousted in November, is said to be exploring the race, but he is considered less likely to run.

— Josh Kurtz