Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand appears to have made enemies out of former neighbors after bemoaning the time she spent in Arlington, Va., in her road map to female empowerment, “Off the Sidelines.”
The New York Democrat got red in the face after a slew of purple staters caught wind that she’d badmouthed their neck of the woods.
Sorry, Arlington, didn’t mean to hurt your feelings. #OffTheSidelines
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) September 9, 2014
ARLnow.com touched off the original firestorm by pointing out that the rising lawmaker described the Northern Virginia enclave as a “soulless suburb” — from which she apparently fled to the welcoming arms of Capitol Hill — in her book.
Some critics fought fire with fire (the “I-know-you-are-but-what-am-I” camp).
Others took aim at her new adopted home (Team “Good Riddance”).
One went with a gut reaction (Weenie Beenie 2016!).
While another weighed things out logically (“If she lived in those Ballston condos, she probably has a valid point,” commenter “YoBimbo” estimated) — and was summarily reprimanded for doing so (“getouttahere with your thoughtful, measured arguments!” chided “ElmoL).
Although she wound up eating crow in the end, at least one observer calculated that the bad taste Gillibrand had left in local mouths could very well linger into the next presidential campaign cycle.
Folks on this side of the river appear to be unfazed by the regional scuffle. D.C. power couple Constance Milstein and J. C. de La Haye St. Hilaire are scheduled to fete Gillibrand and her book Monday evening at their home in Georgetown.
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