Challenger to Flip-Flopper Sen. Addabbo Says SSM Vote Will Cost Him Votes


New York state senator Joe Addabbo, one of the three Democrats who flip-flopped on marriage, is going to face an up and coming Republican who understands the impact of Addabo's marriage flip-flip on his reelection chances:

NYC Councilman Eric Ulrich didn’t need much urging during a CapTon appearance last night to blast his new Democratic target, Sen. Joe Addabbo, for changing his mind on same-sex marriage – a move Ulrich predicts will cost the senator votes in the fall election.

Addabbo, as you’ll recall, was one of three Democrats who voted “no” on the same-sex marriage bill in 2009, contributing to its demise, and then changed their votes – at Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s urging – to help the measure pass last summer.

“I think that his flip-flop on gay marriage is going to hurt him,” Ulrich said. “I don’t believe that I’ll have to bring that up. I think that that’s clear as day.”

“People know that he voted against it first, and then voted for it two years later…He’s never revealed what his personal opinion is.”

“And I think that with the conservative voters, particularly the Orthodox Jewish and the Catholic community, people who don’t agree with same-sex marriage, that they feel betrayed, that he was trying to have his cake and eat it too.”

“So, people remember that. I’m not going to have to remind them of that. That’s still fresh in people’s minds – especially in parts of the new district.” -- Capital Tonight

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