[New York junior senator] Gillibrand knows who her benefactor is, and acts accordingly.
During her introductory press conference as senator, she said, “Senator Schumer has been an inspiration to me,” and added that she hoped to “mirror” his performance in the Senate. She has referred to him on a number of occasions since then as a “mentor.”
The transactional meaning, to Congressional insiders, is clear.
“If he has to carry her forever, it is a resource strain,” said one aide to a Democratic member of Congress. “But he has a feeling that he will be able to carry her this one time and then own her for the rest of his God-given life. He’ll be two senators.”
--Jason Horowitz, PolitickerNY, on slavery in the Senate