While many New York Republicans spent Tuesday night mourning the defeat of presidential candidate Mitt Romney, Dan Isaacs, the chairman of the New York County Republican Party, took some time to talk about Republican U.S. Senate candidate Wendy Long defeat at the hands of incumbent Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand by a wide margin of 46 percentage points.
Isaacs and Gillibrand both worked as clerks for the late 2nd Circuit Court Judge Roger Miner, but despite their past working relationship, Isaacs has a less than glowing opinion of her.
“She is so in over her head, to me it’s unfortunate that she’s a U.S. Senator,” said Isaacs. “It’s an example of why we are where we are as a country that we don’t have people of substance who really can step up. It’s a joke.”
Isaacs said that Gillibrand’s bona fides as a darling of progressive liberals are questionable given her background as a conservative Democrat congresswoman, and that she only became senator because Republicans did not have a viable candidate to run against her after she was handpicked by former Gov. David Paterson. “She’s Chuck Schumer’s lap dog,” said Isaacs, referring to New York’s senior senator.
A spokesperson for Sen. Gillibrand declined to respond to Isaacs’ comments.