Setting The Record Straight On Gillibrand's Father

In the coverage of the appointment of new Senator Gillibrand, a number of media outlets (and Wikipedia) have gotten at least fact wrong.

They have described Gillibrand’s father, Douglas Rutnik, as a Republican lobbyist.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kirsten_Gillibrand

http://swampland.blogs.time.com/2009/01/23/kirstin-gillibrand/

He is a lobbyist but he’s a registered Democrat.

Here’s Rutnik’s voter information from the Prime New York voter file (I removed some information for privacy concerns)
First name DOUGLAS Initial P Last name RUTNIK Suffix (jr,sr,etc) Gender (M or F) M City SCHENECTADY State NY Zipcode 12309 Phone number NOT FOUND Affiliation D Precinct 01 06 00014

Flag values for this voter

1. 2001 VOTE HISTORY : 2=VOTED GENERAL
2. 2002 VOTE HISTORY : 2=VOTED GENERAL
3. 2003 VOTE HISTORY : 2=VOTED GENERAL
4. 2004 VOTE HISTORY : 3=VOTED PRIMARY AND GENERAL
5. 2005 VOTE HISTORY : 2=VOTED GENERAL
6. 2006 VOTE HISTORY : 3=VOTED PRIMARY AND GENERAL
7. 2007 VOTE HISTORY : 3=VOTED PRIMARY AND GENERAL
8. 2008 VOTE HISTORY : =
9. 1999 VOTE HISTORY : 2=VOTED GENERAL
10. 2000 VOTE HISTORY : 2=VOTED GENERAL
11. COUNT OF ELECTIONS VOTED : C=VOTED 12 TIMES
12. COUNT OF ELECTIONS VOTED 2004-2008 : 7=VOTED 7 TIMES
13. COUNT OF ELECTIONS VOTED 2005-2008 : 5=VOTED 5 TIMES
14. COUNT OF PRIMARIES VOTED (INCLUDING PRES. PRIMARIES) : 3=VOTED 3 TIMES
15. COUNT OF PRIMARIES VOTED 2004-2008 (INCL. PRES PRIS) : 3=VOTED 3 TIMES
16. COUNT OF PRIMARIES VOTED 2005-2008 (INCL. PRES PRIS) : 2=VOTED 2 TIMES