Politico’s Maggie Haberman reported on a fundraiser held yesterday at New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg‘s townhouse that featured a remarkable comment by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. According to Haberman, Reid called New York’s junior Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (who was also in attendance) the “hottest member” of the Senate body.
“It was pretty shocking when he said it,” said one source familiar with the remark and the reaction.
A Reid spokesman confirmed it happened, but also noted that the Democratic Majority Leader also praised Gillibrand for her work.
First Bloomberg spoke, then Sen. Chuck Schumer, and then Reid, according to the sources. Reid praised Schumer at length, discussing how he could have run for governor – and won – in 2006, but didn’t, and instead accepted the Nevada senator’s entreaties to run the DSCC.
Then he turned his attention to Gillibrand, saying something about how “many senators are known for many things,” according to a source. He added, “We in the Senate refer to Sen. Gillibrand as the hottest member.”
Read the entire report here, but there is a lot to unpack in this report, perhaps most notably is Haberman’s conclusion: “Nonetheless, it’s not considered wise politics to say such a thing.”
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