Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, an upstate Congresswoman when Gov. David Paterson appointed her to replace HIllary Clinton last year, has been working locales in the five boroughs where some analysts suspected she must improve her numbers in a primary against Harold Ford Jr.
On Friday Gillibrand was endorsed by Public Advocate Bill de Blasio from Brooklyn. Some of the Ford criticism focuses on his non-disclosure of a Merrill Lynch bonus. On Saturday she hit a Staten Island supermarket and drew cheers from a Human Rights Campaign audience as she announced plans to help bring about a ceasing of the enforcement of "Don't ask don't tell."