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.


  1. GeorgeM says

    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

  2. jack says

    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.

  3. Dowager Countess says

    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.

  4. Dan says

    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”

  5. jack says

    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.

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