David Weprin hasn’t served long in Albany — not even a full term, actually — but he’s been there long enough to stake out a record of supporting to major progressive causes: extending a surcharge on millionaires and legalizing same-sex marriage.
I asked Weprin last night about those two issues and how he thought they would play with voters in the Ninth Congressional District, which has more middle income and moderate voters than the northeastern Queens district he represents in the Assembly.
Weprin reiterated his support for both, saying the millionaires tax wasn’t a new tax, and that extending it was the “fairest” thing to do. “The middle class voters of this district, in Brooklyn and Queens, will appreciate that,” he said.
Later, Weprin explained his support for same-sex marriage by first noting that he was an observant Jew, which others have given as a reason for opposing it. But Weprin made both the progressive and conservative arguments in defending his vote. He called same-sex marriage a civil rights issue, and said, “I don’t think the state should be dictating what kind of religious ceremony that should be sanctioned.”
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