Openly Gay NY Legislator Jon Cooper May Run Against Gillibrand For U.S. Senate

Lots of folks consider Hillary-replacement Sen. Kristen Gillibrand to be highly vulnerable in the 2010 elections. One of the several Democrats eyeballing her job is openly gay Suffolk County legislator Jon Cooper.

“I consider myself progressive on the important issues,” said Cooper, alluding to gun control and gay rights. “And obviously, Sen. Gillibrand has not been a strong supporter in the past on either issue.” He added he is “very concerned” that state voters may lack confidence in a candidate who makes “a 180 degree turnabout” on major issues. Gillibrand did not have an immediate comment. But Matt Canter, Gillibrand’s spokesman said, “I’m not exactly sure what he’s referring to.” He added, “As New Yorkers get the facts about her progressive record, they will see Sen. Gillibrand has consistently supported reducing gun violence, allowing gay couples to marry and always protecting a woman’s right to choose.”

Cooper chaired the Obama campaign’s efforts on Long Island.