Harry Reid: Gillibrand “hottest” member of Senate

Me? Sexist? Never!

Yes, really:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had an unusual form of praise for New York’s junior senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, this morning at the fundraiser Mayor Bloomberg hosted for him at his townhouse – referring to her as “the hottest member” as she sat just a few feet away, according to three sources.

…[Reid said] something about how “many senators are known for many things,” according to a source. He added, “We in the Senate refer to Sen. Gillibrand as the hottest member.”

The comment prompted Gillibrand to turn red, according to the sources, and created a bit of stir among the small crowd there.

“It was pretty shocking when he said it,” said one source familiar with the remark and the reaction.

A Reid spokesman confirmed it happened, but also noted that the Democratic Majority Leader also praised Gillibrand for her work.

Gross. Like Melissa says, of course as long as her work is commended in addition to her “hotness,” publicly objectifying her is A-OK!

Not. Amused.

Via Shakes.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/toongrrl/ Jessica “Jess” Victoria Carillo

    Oh Harry. Shut thy mouth up and keep thy hand of Pelosi. Write in thy notebook like a normal person with thy crush.

  • http://cabaretic.blogspot.com nazza

    He’s no different than many, sadly.

  • http://feministing.com/members/sam33/ Sam

    I’m sorry, but really, what exactly is sexist about mentioning that one finds a woman attractive. I think the real problem is that those who *do* find it sexist imply that the original statement *implied* something beyond physical attraction and that implied something would diminish the complimented person’s value or reduce the complimented person to her looks. So basically, when would compliment you on your looks, you would have to assume that the other person were secretly implying, you’re pretty, and that’s the only thing that counts. I suppose sexism can be projected…

  • maidensnowflake

    not to excuse his behavior in any way but let’s not forget who his opponent is…i may be irritated with harry reid but i am absolutely horrified with sharron angle.

  • http://feministing.com/members/kaelin/ Matt

    I read this post, was ready to make a snide remark about Harry Reid going Pat Sajak on Nancy Pelosi, and then saw someone else had already beat me to it.

    It is one thing for someone to acknowledge how they feel about a person, but it is quite another to turn that trait/concept into a label. As a rule, people should be identified by their proper name. If a person defies this rule, the person must select a “nickname” with extreme care that is not just “true” but earned.

    It’s not the sort of thing you necessarily fire someone for, but he does deserve a warning / firm notice and a refresher on how he is supposed to treat other people. It’s not just a matter of him needing to do the right thing (for the sake of everyone). It’s in his own self-interest, to actually be electable.