Challenger Marchione Says Pro-SSM Senator McDonald Turned His Back on the Voters


Thursday is the GOP primary in New York and the Albany Times Union reports on one of the embattled pro-SSM flip-floppers:

"...[Roy McDonald] was one of four Republicans to break GOP ranks and do so, raising hackles among conservatives and winning praise — and money — from gay rights supporters.

"I did what I thought was right," said McDonald. "I've gotten money from all over my district, names you know, names you've never heard of, and all over the state. I'm a local guy, and I feel I've done a good job working on many issues, and my record is more than just minutiae."

Marchione opposes same-sex marriage. She doesn't contest her underdog status in the race, and sees the money that has fueled McDonald's campaign as coming from mostly out-of-district donors who enticed him to break campaign pledges that he would vote against gay marriage, as he did in 2009.

"It's an important vote for a lot of reasons, one that I hear about quite often," said Marchione. "When you turn your back on the voters, it's expensive to get their trust back."