Reid endorses Gillibrand

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) endorsed Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) on Friday, giving her first reelection bid a boost as she heads toward a primary with Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D).

In a statement, Reid called Gillibrand a "rising star" in the Democratic caucus.

"As a working mother with two young children, Kirsten brings unique perspective to the challenging issues we are debating in Congress," Reid said. "In just six months, Kirsten has introduced a number of new and innovative legislative approaches to the problems many families face."

Reid's endorsement comes as Gillibrand blew Maloney away in fundraising for the second quarter. Recent polling, though, shows Maloney holding a slight lead over Gillibrand in the primary.

jeremy.jacobs@thehill.com