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Gillibrand Drops F-Expletive in Interview

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. (Kevin Dietsch/UPI/Landov)

By    |   Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 02:15 PM


During an interview with HuffPostLive to promote her new book, New York Democrat Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand may have shocked listeners more by the explicit language she used, rather than by her recollections of comments a colleague made about her post-pregnancy weight.

Gillibrand, whose new book, “Off the Sidelines," was released last week, was describing an incident which occurred in 2009 when a male labor leader told her she was "too fat to be elected statewide," a remark which almost had her in tears.

"At that moment, if I could have just disappeared, I would have. If I could have just melted in tears, I would have. But I had to just sit there and talk to him. I switched the subject ... I didn't hear a word he said, but I wasn't in a place where I could tell him to go [expletive] himself," said Gillibrand, not deleting the expletive from her description.

Gillibrand was appointed to fill the Senate seat left vacant when Hillary Clinton left to serve as Secretary of State in the Obama administration. She was elected in 2012.

In her book, she claims that male colleagues have called her "porky" and "fat," and another even noted that he likes "my girls chubby," while squeezing her waist.

In an interview with Fox's "Good Day New York" show, Gillibrand said the "porky" comment was made by some "very old congressman."

She added: "I had no idea who he was and he felt he was OK to give unsolicited advice."

Gillibrand told HuffPostLive she included those stories because, "It's more important to elevate the debate, to have a national debate about how women are treated in the workplace."

"It's not about any one insult or any one person, because that's not why I shared the details. I specifically shared them because I want to talk about these broader challenges," she added. "This happens to women all the time in every industry every day."

On Sunday, Gillibrand slammed the National Football League for its handling of domestic violence incidents and said it was possible the Senate would hold hearings on the league's conduct, according to the New York Daily News.

"If the NFL doesn't police themselves, then we will be looking more into it. I wouldn't be surprised if we had hearings," said Gillibrand.


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During an interview to promote her new book, New York Democrat Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand may have shocked listeners more by the explicit language she used, than by her recollections of comments a colleague made about her post-pregnancy weight.
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