Former New York Lt. Gov. Betsy McCaughey’s name is being floated as the Republican nominee to run against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in 2012.
McCaughey, a Newsmax blogger, served as lieutenant governor in the Empire State under Gov. George Pataki from 1995 to 1998. She is a patient advocate and founder of the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths.
She came to national attention in 1993 for her attack on the Clinton healthcare plan and was considered a major factor in the defeat of the bill. In 2009, her criticism of Obamacare inspired the expression “death panels.”
McCaughey is also president of Defend Your Healthcare, a constitutional scholar, and author of two histories of the U.S. Constitution.
“My name is mentioned often, and I'm honored,” she told Newsmax about the Senate talk.
“So far, I'm focused on stopping the assault on our Constitution and our healthcare.”
Democrat Gillibrand was appointed in 2009 to fill the Senate seat vacated when Hillary Clinton became secretary of State. She won a special election to retain the seat in 2010, and is up for re-election next year.
Gillibrand is pro-choice, favors the legalization of same-sex marriage, and has received a lowly 8 percent rating from the American Conservative Union.
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