Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), who initially expressed hesitation about Chuck Hagel’s nomination for Secretary of Defense, now appears to be on-board.
In a statement, the Armed Service Committee member said her meeting with Hagel eased her concerns. While she’s not committing to a “yes” vote, she is clearly leaning in that direction.
“As a member of the Committee, I will reserve final judgment until the hearing process is complete and Senator Hagel has provided his full testimony,” Gillibrand said. “However, based on our two personal conversations, I believe that Senator Hagel will faithfully and aggressively carry out the policies of the Obama administration, wants to be held accountable in working with me and my colleagues in implementing those policies in the future, and is well qualified to become the next Secretary of Defense.”
In the days after Hagel was nominated, Gillibrand appeared to be the most skeptical of all the Democrats on the Armed Services Committee.