And Chris Matthews, who prefaced his question with some glowing praise — “I think you have a great future, everybody knows that, senator” — wanted to know if she might try to break the glass ceiling on the governor’s mansion.
“Do you think there’s a ceiling at the Senate or gubernatorial level?” he asked. “Is there any advantage in running for governor of New York for example? Not against Andrew, who’s doing so great, but in general terms. Is there still a glass ceiling?”
Gillibrand didn’t exactly take the bait, speaking generally about women running.
“The reality is that not enough women are running for office,” she said. “I think we need a call to action for women to engage.”
Matthews didn’t ask about the claims in Hochul’s hometown paper, the Buffalo News, that Gillibrand’s Off The Sidelines website should be more transparent that its contributions go to Gillibrand for Senate.
But he did ask whether the notion of women as forging consensus applied across the board.
“You mean Congresswoman Bachmman is a consensus builder?” he barked.
Gillibrand started laughing before he could finish the question.
“Not all women, but many women,” she said.
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