Friday, October 26, 2012

NY Times State Sen. Endorsements Likely to Enrage NOM

The New York Times does the right thing by suggesting that the two Republicans under attack deserve to win     this time. I am guessing that a New York Times endorsement carries more weight than National Organization for Marriage's rantings.

STATE SENATE DISTRICT 41 (parts of Dutchess and Putnam Counties) State Senator Stephen Saland, a Republican who has been in the Legislature for 32 years, distinguished himself by standing up against his party for the right of gay couples to marry. Gov. Andrew Cuomo endorsed Mr. Saland, saying his vote on that issue was a “test of character.” In this tight race a Conservative Party candidate, Neil Di Carlo, could draw votes from Senator Saland. The Democratic candidate, Terry Gipson, is a progressive businessman who shows promise. But we endorse Mr. Saland for his steadfastness when it counted.

STATE SENATE DISTRICT 60 (parts of Erie County and Buffalo) For much the same reason, we recommend State Senator Mark Grisanti, a Republican from the Buffalo area. While he holds conservative views on many issues, when it counted, he voted for the right to marry, and he has been attacked for it. His Democratic opponent, Michael Amodeo, would support a larger budget for education and real campaign finance reform, but Mr. Grisanti deserves this win, this time.
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