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Wednesday, July 20

Sen. McDonald may have money coming in from Same-sex supporters, but that coin has a flip side

“There have been people who said they would donate millions of dollars against the people who voted on some of these issues,” Sen. Roy McDonald said in a recent Saratogian story I wrote about money coming in from same-sex marriage supporters since his vote for marriage equality.
And it seems his fear is becoming a reality.
Recently the National Organization for Marriage announced it will be making good on a pledge of $2 million to defeat the four Republican senators who voted for the bill and the three Democratic senators who voted against same-sex marriage in 2009, but reversed that decision this year and passed it.
"This is the first step in what will be a sustained, determined effort to make sure the constituents of these cowardly Senators know what they have done," Brian Brown, NOM's president said in a recent press release.
The release outlined how the organization is spending $150,000 on mailers comparing Republican Senators Roy McDonald, Mark Grisanti, James Alesi and Stephen Saland, and Democratic Senators Shirley Huntley, Joseph Addabbo and Carl Kruger to Benedict Arnold, the Revolutionary War general who sold out his country and his until-then winning war-time reputation for British Pounds.
The mailers highlight previous stances some of the senators took against same-sex marriage and some of the money they have received since their vote from same-sex supporters.
"It is shameful that these state Senators flip-flopped on such a critical issue when they saw gay marriage backers raising millions from Wall Street," Brown said.
As of the story that ran on July 15, McDonald had raised $118,000 in campaign contributions since June 1, some of which came in the form of $10,300 contributions from same-sex marriage supporters, while other contributions came from Republican and union sources.
"You can't run a campaign on $10,000," McDonald said in the interview for that story, but he also added “in the last campaign, more money was raised against me than for me.” He won that race against Democrat and Saratoga Springs Supervisor Joanne Yepsen.
It will be interesting to see if that magic will happen again.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't worry Roy, much money and effort was raised against those who sought to abolish slavery during the civil war period,then much effort was put against women having the right to vote in the not so distant past, but as we can see things didn't work out well for those bigots either. It will be the same here. How many jobs could be created with all that opposition money ?
How many hungry children could be fed with all that opposition money ? I thought these people were for jobs and families...hmmm ...guess not

July 20, 2011 at 12:46 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This subject sure as hell brings out the Anonymous in all of us. How did this issue come down to money?? I read the speech's from National Organization for marriage and one of their keynote speakers "Described how the SILENT MAJORITY was overridden in this vote).
Which brings me to why I'm Blogging...ROY MCDONALD DID NOT HIDE WHILE HE MADE HIS DECISION..HE BASICALLY SAID F### YOU. In my heart I know he had a bill close to him up for vote that may have influenced his decision but it still was refreshing to see a politician say F### You.... to the money in politics.

Full circle here..Roy... Here is one heterosexual males advice to another ...F### THEM...Let them SHOW YOU THE MONEY. THEY ARE SUBSTITUTING MONEY FOR B###S.

Truth be known how does it effect any of us if two gay people marry (otherly than they will get to enjoy the Hell of divorce that us heterosexuals have fought to keep for ourselves)

July 20, 2011 at 4:01 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous says you shouldn't worry Roy, but I say you should. I am just a voter who is not even in your district and I am going to donate $500 to whoever runs against you. I respect your right to change your mind, I respect your right to vote the way you did, and you should respect the rights of those who strongly disagree with your vote and would prefer to see you realize that, as in all things, there is a potentially consequence for one's actions,which in this case would be you not getting re-elected.

July 20, 2011 at 4:03 PM 

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