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Male lawmaker tells Gillibrand: Don’t get ‘porky’

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says one of her male colleagues in Congress called her “fat,” while another warned her not to get “porky.”

In an excerpt from her soon-to-be-released book, featured in People magazine, the New York Democrat writes that a lawmaker made the remark about her figure, while she was on the elliptical machine in the House gym during renovations of the women’s facility. 

“Good thing you’re working out, because you wouldn’t want to get porky!” someone described as an “older male colleague” told her. “Thanks, a–hole,” she writes in Off the Sidelines, after recalling the incident. 

“You know, Kirsten, you’re even pretty when you’re fat,” a “southern congressman” said to her as they walked down an aisle in the House chamber.

“I believed his intentions were sweet,” Gillibrand says of the “fat” comment, “even if he was being an idiot.”

Gillibrand, 47, has been open about her struggles with her weight following the birth of her son. She eventually lost 50 pounds after getting into a daily workout routine and hiring a nutritionist.

After the weight loss, Gillibrand writes, one of her “favorite older members of the Senate” walked up behind her and “squeezed” her waist. “Don’t lose too much weight now. I like my girls chubby!” he said, according to the lawmaker.

Gillibrand says, “Appearance and how much to think about it” is a “never-ending question for her. “I haven’t put it to rest myself,” she says.


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