Aw maaaaaaaan. The Senate colleague who told Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) not to "lose too much weight now" because "I like my girls chubby" was reportedly the late Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii.
Daniel Inouye Is The Senator Who Called Kirsten Gillibrand 'Chubby': The New York Times
Gillibrand shared the story in her new memoir Off the Sidelines, talking about how her male colleagues in the Senate felt free to comment on her weight -- most egregiously, the remark about "chubby" girls accompanied with a squeeze of her waist. Gillibrand declined to reveal the name of the colleague in question.
According to The New York Times, it was Senator Inouye:
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Democrat of New York, caused a commotion this month when she revealed in a memoir how her male colleagues felt free to comment rather vividly on her weight. The senator came under pressure to reveal the names of the perpetrators, but declined, setting off a guessing game in Washington.
Probably the most egregious incident was when a senior senator squeezed her waist and told her: “Don’t lose too much weight now. I like my girls chubby!”
It turns out the senator was the late Daniel K. Inouye, Democrat of Hawaii, the decorated veteran and civil rights hero, according to people with knowledge of the incident.
A spokesman for Senator Gillibrand would neither confirm nor deny that Inouye was the unnamed senator in the incident. (She did describe him as "one of my favorite older members of the Senate.") But if this true, with all due respect to the late senator and his accomplishments, that shit is inappropriate and unacceptable.
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