Last GOP Flip-Flopper, Sen. Saland, to Face Primary Challenger


Sen. Stephen Saland, provided the critical 32nd vote for same-sex marriage last June. Now he too will face a primary challenger:

After Gannett reported today that no Republican candidate has surfaced to challenge Sen. Stephen Saland, R-Poughkeepsie, Neil Di Carlo of Putnam County said today he’ll take on the veteran senator.

... “The families of the 41st Senate District desperately need relief from mandates, crushing regulations, and high taxes from Albany,” Di Carlo, of Brewster, said in a statement. “Senator Saland has been in office for 32 years and he has not delivered.”

... Our families need a new voice in Albany that will deliver the benefits that flow from genuine conservative ideals and principles; this will not be a one-issue race,” Di Carlo said, hinting at the same-sex marriage issue. “That is why I am formally announcing my intention to seek the Conservative and Republican Parties endorsements for New York Senate in the 41st District.”

On his congressional campaign website, he says he’s pro-life and opposed to same-sex marriage.

Di Carlo said the “voters must have an opportunity to choose a conservative Republican who is not a liberal Democrat collaborator.” -- Politics on the Hudson