Incumbent U.S. Senator from New York Kirsten Gillibrand is a Democrat. She’s running for re-election this year on record that makes her preferable to any of the three Republican candidates who are fighting for the right to challenge her in the general election.
There are some serious flaws in Senator Gillibrand’s record, however, that give liberal voters in New York pause. Senator Gillibrand has voted in favor of some legislation that people would ordinarily associate with the right wing politics of the Republican Party.
For example, Kirsten Gillibrand voted in favor of renewing the extraordinary surveillance powers of the Patriot Act – powers that are almost always used in cases that have nothing at all to do with terrorism. In spite of the evidence of massive abuse of the unconstitutional powers created the Patriot Act, Gillibrand voted in favor of renewal without any reforms. In a similar demonstration of disregard for constitutional rights, Gillibrand voted to approve the Defense Authorization Act last year, even though the legislation contained provisions that allow the President of the United States to order the imprisonment of Americans without criminal charge and without trial, for extended periods of time – perhaps even for the rest of their lives.
Scott Noren, an oral surgeon from Ithaca, New York, is running as an independent candidate. Noren proposes a platform of improved health care reform, tightening of campaign finance laws, opposition to hydraulic fracturing, green energy, and an end to the Bush tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires.
Colia Clark is running as the Green Party candidate for Senate. In education policy, she advocates free college education for all, increase in funding of K-12 education paid for by a 50 percent reduction in military spending, and a cancellation of all existing student loan debt. Clark also promises to overturn free trade agreements, end hydraulic fracturing, and supports open borders, strong regulation of Wall Street, restoration of home ownership for victims of foreclosure, and single payer health care insurance.