Sen. Grisanti Faces Potential Primary Challengers as Either Dem or GOP


Sen. Mark Grisanti finds himself in a tough spot after his vote to redefine marriage:

Remember that when Grisanti voted in favor of same-sex marriage he was chided by Erie County Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy. Leaders of the state Conservative Party, which provides a critical line boosting many Republican candidates, have said the will not give their banner to any Republican who supported same-sex marriage. If Grisanti were to face a primary challenger, their presence on the C line would hurt his case.

But he would also, likely, face a primary if he were to enroll as a Democrat. He’s a white man in a heavily African-American district that was drawn for a Democrat.

And finally, this point: if Grisanti switches, he would have no cover in redistricting. He could find himself in the same district as Tim Kennedy, of south Buffalo, or against Republican Sen. Patrick Gallivan, who represents much of Erie County’s suburbs. -- Capitol Confidential

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