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GOP Challenger Apparently Topples Gay Marriage Pol (GOP senator voted for gay marriage)
LI Press ^ | September 27, 2012 | MICHAEL GORMLEY

Posted on 09/27/2012 3:12:23 PM PDT by NYer

Rensselaer County Board of Elections officials, left, and representatives for the Sen. Roy McDonald and Kathy Marchione campaigns, count absentee ballots at the board of elections office on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, in Troy, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

A Republican state senator who voted to legalize gay marriage in New York and shot back at conservative critics that they could “take this job and shove it” has apparently lost his primary.

With all absentee votes counted from the Sept. 13 primary and barring a total recount order, Republican Kathleen Marchione had a 110-vote edge over Sen. Roy McDonald with just 50 votes that still could be contested, said Saratoga County elections official John Marcellus.

Elections officials were awaiting either a concession from McDonald or a victory declaration from Marchione. A judge will then likely make the vote official in the 43rd Senate District.

In the face of opposition to his vote last year, McDonald, a Vietnam combat veteran, publicly said that if critics wanted to fire him for his difficult vote of conscience, “they can take this job and shove it.”

Marchione’s campaign as well as the campaigns against the other Republican senators centered on the vote to greatly expand gay marriage in the nation. In 2007, she had led a successful, statewide revolt of county clerks against then-Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s plan to issue driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants.

Two of the three other Republican senators who voted across party lines for gay marriage amid loud opposition in their conservative base have won. The fourth retired in the face of strong opposition over his vote.

On Tuesday, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday blamed Republican “extremists” for punishing the Republican senators who voted for his initiative to legalize gay marriage in New York in June 2011.

On Monday, Sen. Stephen Saland of Poughkeepsie was declared the winner in his primary. Saland had cast the critical 32nd vote in the Senate that approved Cuomo’s measure. A judge certified his win by 107 votes out of about 9,800 cast.

“I’m elated about Sen. Saland’s victory,” Cuomo said Tuesday, calling him a man of integrity who voted his conscience. “I know what it’s like, and I respect what Sen. Saland did.”

Saland joins Sen. Mark Grisanti of Buffalo who won his Republican primary on primary night after casting one of the GOP votes for gay marriage.

Saland and Grisanti “were threatened by the extremists in their own party and it shows they could act out of conscience, they could vote with integrity and they could win the next election,” the Democratic governor said.

“Obviously Sen. McDonald is in a different situation,” Cuomo said.

“You know it can be very hard to vote your conscience when you know it’s not popular in your district,” Cuomo said. He added that his father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo, has done the same.

“I watched my father for many years oppose the death penalty as a matter of conscience even though it was very, very difficult politically because it was an unpopular position,” Cuomo said.

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Politics/Elections; US: New York
KEYWORDS: homosexualagenda; moralabsolutes

1 posted on 09/27/2012 3:12:29 PM PDT by NYer
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To: Liz; The Mayor; skully
Marchione had a 110-vote edge over Sen. Roy McDonald

Thank you Susan B. Anthony Foundation!!!

Get out and vote! Each vote makes a difference!

2 posted on 09/27/2012 3:14:07 PM PDT by NYer (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? - St. Augustine)
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To: NYer
it can be very hard to vote your conscience when you know it’s not popular in your district

Yeah, it p!$$es all over the concept of representing your constituents.

3 posted on 09/27/2012 3:31:10 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month)
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To: NYer

Had to read that 3 times....

Thought is said:

“Topless Gay Marriage Poll”

....and couldn’t quite figure out what that was....

4 posted on 09/27/2012 3:32:10 PM PDT by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: NYer

This is very good. Cheers for New York State. And 2,900 miles to the west in Washington State, the MSM has been very quiet since a poll showed the homo marriage referendum support down to only a one point lead, down from an eight point lead. I had almost written off the cause myself. So everyone on the side of Biblical Marriage, please keep up the prayers. What really got the media is that referenda don’t usually win here unless they have at least 60% at this stage.

5 posted on 09/27/2012 3:40:59 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture TM)
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To: NYer
I'm glad McDonald lost... F’ng sellout.

I think there were 4 GOP Senators that voted for gay marriage here. I think only one of them survived their primary. One retired, and 2 lost their primary.

It's a good day for the NY GOP; and in this socialist cesspool, good days are few and far between.

6 posted on 09/27/2012 4:40:57 PM PDT by skully (My pets are Democrats!!!)
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The fight for basic natural law and moral absolutes IS NOT LOST and is not OVER! This is a very good example of why EVERY VOTE COUNTS and how someone who is not a professional politician can make a difference, by making an effort. Even after decades of vile and omnipresent "gay is good" propaganda, most people still do NOT want same sex "marriage".

7 posted on 09/27/2012 5:14:26 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: G Larry
Thought is said:
“Topless Gay Marriage Poll”

LMBO, me too!

8 posted on 09/27/2012 5:17:48 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (Medicine is the keystone in the arch of socialism)
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