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Conservative Party Dumps NY Senator Mark Grisanti for Democrat Over Marriage Equality Vote

New York state Senator Mark Grisanti, one of four GOP senators to vote for marriage equality last June, has lost the support of the Erie County Republican Party over his vote, the NYT reports:

GrisantiRalph C. Lorigo, the chairman of the Erie County conservatives, said Mr. Grisanti had lost his party’s trust after twice telling party executives, in 2008 and 2010, that he was not in favor of gay marriage, and then voting in 2011 to legalize it.

“A lot of people felt betrayed by that commitment that he broke,” Mr. Lorigo said in an interview on Friday.

The party instead endorsed Charles M. Swanick, a former member of the Erie County Legislature who once changed his affiliation to Republican before returning to the Democrats. Mr. Swanick has told the county conservatives that he was against gay marriage and abortion, and in favor of fiscally conservative policies, Mr. Lorigo said.

 Senate majority leader Dean Skelos says he is confident of Grisanti's reelection.

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  1. Are you talking about the Republican Party or the Conservative Party?

    Posted by: Mike C. | Feb 24, 2012 2:57:35 PM

  2. More evidence that in their hearts, Republicans are really pro-gay. Right, RICK?

    Posted by: TJ | Feb 24, 2012 3:07:53 PM

  3. It's the Conservatives, not the Republicans.

    Posted by: Glenn | Feb 24, 2012 3:43:23 PM

  4. Why does it say republican party?

    I don't care what his party is, his guy needs our help and deserve it.
    Screw the other guy, he is NO democrat and I HOPE he gets his a$$ handed to him

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Feb 24, 2012 4:39:12 PM

  5. I wish i lived in Sen Grisanti's district. He is one republican that this lifelong democrat would vote for. I hope Gov Cuomo rallies democrats and other progressives to support Sen Grisanti.

    Posted by: jack | Feb 24, 2012 6:05:24 PM

  6. The quality of the writing and editing here is, I regret to say, in perilous decline. Can no one pass reading comprehension at a 4th grade level? The NYT article made clear that NY has a separate Conservative (big "C") party and they dumped on the Senator not his own Republican party.

    Posted by: Dowager Countess | Feb 24, 2012 10:11:43 PM

  7. Ok, I just read this, again, and it still doesn't make sense to me...maybe it's the flu clouding my brain.

    Posted by: jim | Feb 25, 2012 7:48:45 AM

  8. webmaster- please fix the text
    "has lost the support of the Erie County Republican Party over his vote"
    should read
    "has lost the support of the Erie County Conservative Party over his vote"

    Posted by: Dan | Feb 25, 2012 1:07:57 PM

  9. I hope that the Dowager Countess is incorrect (perish the thought)and that the Conservative party didn't actually "dump on" the Senator. That would be disgusting.

    Posted by: jack | Feb 25, 2012 8:50:26 PM

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