Thursday, August 19, 2010

NY's Gillibrand Hailed by Brady Gun Control Group - The Associated Press

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New York Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has been endorsed for election by a leading gun control group two years after earning a top rating from the National Rifle Association.

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence notes Gillibrand had been an NRA favorite when she was an upstate congresswoman in a Republican district. But the group says in less than two years as an appointed U.S. senator she has become a leader in sensible gun laws.

Gillibrand was appointed to fill Hillary Rodham Clinton's Senate seat last year after Clinton was named secretary of state. She accepted the Brady endorsement Thursday, saying it reflects her opposition to illegal guns and her efforts to combat gun violence.

Polls show Gillibrand with wide leads over GOP candidates Bruce Blakeman, David Malpass and Joseph DioGuardi.