Oct 03, 2008 — North Country congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand has repeated her No vote on the $700 billion bailout. The Democrat was one of only three New York representatives, all Democrats, to reject the plan. Republican John McHugh, from Pierrepont, and Democrat Mike Arcuri from the Mohawk Valley voted Yes on the package.
Gillibrand's stance, while apparently popular with most constituents, has drawn some pointed questions. The Plattsburgh Press-Republican published a lead editorial this morning questioning the political motives of naysayers. The newspaper's editorial board suggested that some opponents "voted that way... with personal interests in mind."
Gillibrand has insisted that her stance is one of principle, not political advantage. Her Republican challenger, Sandy Treadwell, also opposed the bailout package.