ABC News' Matthew Jaffe reports: New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand today downplayed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s comments at a fundraiser Monday night that she is the “hottest member” of the US Senate. Gillibrand laughed off the remark as nothing more than a joke based on her selection to the Hill’s “Most Beautiful” list. “[Reid] was saying nice things about the work Senator Gillibrand and Senator Reid have done together over the last year and half, and made a joke referencing to the Hill article from earlier this year,” a Gillibrand spokesman said in a statement, noting that Gillibrand “has the utmost respect for Reid.” According to Politico, Reid caused Gillibrand to turn red when he referred to her as “the hottest member” of the Senate during a closed-door fundraiser in New York, at which there were no cameras. After Reid noted that “many senators are known for many things,” he said, “We in the Senate refer to Sen. Gillibrand as the hottest member,” Politico reported. In July, the Hill named Gillibrand #3 on their annual list of the 50 most beautiful people on Capitol Hill.