Designer Flips Gillibrand Gaffe Into Local Fundraiser

Posted September 12, 2014 at 4:18pm

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., has provided some cover for colleague Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., who offended local residents by demeaning a suburban enclave that wasn’t quite to her liking, via a custom made T-shirt.  

(Courtesy Mark Warner)
(Courtesy Mark Warner)

Gillibrand got called on the carpet after founder Scott Brodbeck uncovered the less-than-flattering description she provided of Arlington, Va., in her new book, “Off The Sidelines.”  

Warner wrapped his head around the conundrum and came up with a unique solution: novelty wear. He presented Gillibrand with the specially-ordered shirt and made light of the turf war on Twitter .  

Whether the community at large is ready to forgive Gillibrand remains to be seen.  

But T-shirt creator CustomInk is betting there’s enough civic pride floating around at the moment to turn this negative into a net positive.  

The designer has launched a fundraising campaign putting copycat T-shirts up for grabs at $20 a pop. The goal is to raise approximately $1,000 (organizers are requesting an initial run of at least 50 orders), with the collected funds flowing through to the Arlington Food Assistance Center. At press time, the group was halfway toward meeting its goal — having drawn the support of the head rabble-rouser himself.  


“It’s kind of neat to have something like this get tapped into my keyboard on a Tuesday and come out as a senator-endorsed t-shirt on a Friday,” Brodbeck, who pre-ordered a shirt, mused online.  

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