02/23/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Kirsten Gillibrand Called "Tracy Flick" Of NY Politics

Within the high school gossip circle that is New York's congressional delegation, Kirsten Gillibrand's nickname is "Tracy Flick" -- a not-so-flattering reference to the over-eager, blonde, bubbly and viciously competitive Reese Witherspoon character from "Election."

Gillibrand, the newly-appointed junior senator from New York, has never been shy about her political ambitions -- or her willingness to vault over older, more experienced politicians.

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