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New York Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand on Tuesday picked up the endorsement of the feminist group Planned Parenthood’s political arm — the latest indication that there is no summertime lull for the appointed senator as she prepares for her 2010 election contest, and the possibility of a serious Democratic primary challenge by Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney.

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The Planned Parenthood Action Fund is the latest of several women’s groups aligned with the Democratic Party that have thrown their support to Gillibrand. This backing could be especially helpful to Gillibrand in a showdown with Maloney, who has indicated she will run in next year’s special election primary and has been positioning herself to Gillibrand’s left.

Maloney, who is in her ninth House term representing a New York City district, is one of a number of prominent Democrats who sharply opposed the January decision by Gov. David A. Paterson to pick Gillibrand to succeed Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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