Cuomo ‘Elated’ That Some Pro-Gay Marriage GOP’ers Won Their Primaries

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Governor Cuomo in 2011’s Pride Parade (Photo: Getty)

After Election Day earlier this month, Republicans who supported New York’s same sex marriage legislation received mixed results against their anti-gay marriage rivals. One GOP senator, Buffalo’s Mark Grisanti, cruised to a comfortable victory, while two other senators, Roy McDonald and Steve Saland faced tough challenges, the result of which was determined by the absentee ballots counted this week. Mr. Saland looks like he ultimately edged out his opponent and declared victory yesterday, but Mr. McDonald appears to have gone down in defeat.

And, asked about these Republicans’ respective electoral situations earlier today, Governor Andrew Cuomo said he was more than pleased despite being a Democrat.

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N.O.M. Targets N.Y. Lawmakers

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N.O.M. is targeting Mark Grisanti and other State Senators.

The National Organization for Marriage is sending out $150,000 worth of mailings targeting a handful of state senators who voted to legalize same-sex marriage, the group said.

Targets of the mailing are the Republicans who voted for it, and the Democrats who supported the bill this year after opposing it in 2009: Republican Senators Mark Grisanti, Roy McDonald, James Alesi and Stephen Saland, and Democratic Senators Shirley Huntley, Joseph Addabbo and Carl Kruger. Continue reading “N.O.M. Targets N.Y. Lawmakers”

Same-Sex Marriage Republican Has a Lot of Campaign Money

Mayor Michael Bloomberg donated $10,300 to Mark Grisanti, a freshman Republican State Senator whose re-election was thrown into even greater uncertainty after he voted to legalize same-sex marriage. Tim Gill, head of the national LGBT advocacy group, the Gill Foundation, donated $10,000 to Grisanti’s campaign.

Overall, Grisanti, who represents a heavily Democratic district in Buffalo, raised $148,325 ($91,461 from individuals and the rest from corporations and unions). During this latest filing period, he spent just over $28,495.

Overall, Grisanti has $103,954.06 in the bank, a remarkable turnaround since he started this filing period with $2,106.11 in debt. Continue reading “Same-Sex Marriage Republican Has a Lot of Campaign Money”

G.O.P. Four for Same-Sex Marriage Get 'Tombstone Award'

Well, so much for dialing down the heated political rhetoric.

A podcast called “Doc Holliday’s Tea Party” and hosted by the Tea Party Reviewa glossy new monthly dedicated to covering the movement–has awarded the four Republican New York State Senators who voted in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage with its weekly “Tombstone Award.” Continue reading “G.O.P. Four for Same-Sex Marriage Get 'Tombstone Award'”