Dem senator claims male colleague told her: Don’t get ‘porky’
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, without naming any names, claimed in a new book that male colleagues made off-color remarks about her appearance – with one even allegedly squeezing her stomach and telling her: “Don't lose too much weight now. I like my girls chubby.”
The 47-year-old Democratic New York senator discussed her new book, “Off the Sidelines,” in an interview with People, which published the excerpts.
Gillibrand apparently did not say which members of Congress made the remarks, making it a bit of a guessing game as to who might have offended her.
She claimed another colleague approached her in the congressional gym and told her: "Good thing you're working out, because you wouldn't want to get porky!"
Gillibrand, who discussed how her weight has fluctuated during her time in office, took over for Hillary Clinton in the Senate in 2009, later winning election to that seat.
The anecdotes in the book, though, wouldn’t be the first time her looks have been the jumping off point for inappropriate comments.
In 2010, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid reportedly called her “the hottest member.”
At the time, the senator was ranked at No. 3 on The Hill's list of the 50 "most beautiful" people on Capitol Hill. A Gillibrand spokesman claimed at the time that Reid was simply referencing the Hill listing when he made the remark.