The conversation on who would replace Hillary Clinton in the U.S. Senate was ratcheted up a notch on Thursday (12/4). The National Organization for Women (NOW) Political Action Committee and the Feminist Majority Political Action Committee made a joint announcement endorsing Congresswoman Carolyn D. Maloney to take over Clinton’s seat.
In their press release, Maloney’s "public service" in Congress and ten years as a New York City Councilwoman were referenced, in addition to her work as "a prolific legislator" with an expertise in economic, financial, and security issues. Her role as Chair of the House Financial Services Committee’s Financial Institutions Subcommittee was pointed to, in addition to several of the bills she has authored.
With only sixteen seats in the Senate held by women, Gov. David A. Patterson is under pressure to replace Clinton with another woman. However, claims by other constituencies — and Patterson’s own considerations for a potential reelection run — are likely to be factored in to any choice he makes.
Maloney, who appeared on "Inside City Hall" on NY1 this week, said she was "very interested." She spoke about her experience and her "twenty-three" years as a legislator."
Commenting by e-mail, Maloney wrote, "With so few women in the Senate — and once Hillary Clinton is confirmed — none in statewide office here in New York, I believe a woman should receive strong consideration for the job. However, the decision is Governor Paterson’s to make and I know he will pick the right person to represent New York’s interests in Washington."
Patterson has stated that he will not be making his choice until Clinton is formally confirmed.