Just after his election, Daniel talked to The Advocate about sister Rosie O'Donnell and his candidacy, "If she would have shown up to campaign for me, it would have turned into being about her and not about the issues or my candidacy. So I worked hard not to let that interfere. On Election Day there was no lever with her name on it. When voters went into the booth I wanted to make sure they knew me and what I stood for."
Though Rosie was not able to campaign with her older brother, she sent her full support to The Advocate in a statement: "Since we were kids, we all knew that Danny would devote himself to public service," she said. "I think the tip-off came when he was 8 years old and he founded a free legal clinic for the dolls he claimed I illegally evicted from my Barbie Dream House."
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