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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) was named one of the 100 Most Influential People today by Time Magazine.

Time's editors chose her first political boss, former Republican New York Sen. Alfonse D'Amato, to pay tribute to her in a short essay -- and he proclaims that "she'd make a great president."

Not surprisingly, Gillibrand's press office immediately sent out an email drawing attention to the honor, but it did not highlight the "president" remark.

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Sandwiched in between Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, Gillibrand is hailed as the "U.S. Senate's rising Democratic star" in the list on Time's webpage.

In his tribute, D'Amato starts with the fact that Gillibrand was his intern and admits he didn't think she could win her first political race for the House in 2006 in upstate New York against then Republican Rep. John Sweeney. But she did.

"She has brought that same bright, tenacious spirit I saw in her as my intern to the House and then the Senate, serving her constituents and fighting hard on issues like sexual assault in the military," D'Amato wrote.

"Don't ever underestimate her. She can go as far as she likes," he wrote.

"If Kirsten Gillibrand wants to be a rock star, she'll be a rock star. But she'd make a great president. When she draws a line in the sand, everyone knows not to cross it."