A county clerk on Tuesday defeated in the Republican state primary election an incumbent senator who played a critical role in passing same-sex marriage in New York last year.
Kathy Marchione beat Sen. Roy McDonald of Saratoga — one of four Republican state senators who have been targeted by the party for allegedly working out deals with the governor and accepting money from gay-activist groups in order to help the legislation pass.
McDonald was joined by fellow senators James Alesi (Perinton), Stephen Saland (Poughkeepsie) and Mark Grisanti (Buffalo) in receiving large donations from the groups after the bill passed. The proceedings were so questionable that the Rev. Jason McGuire, executive director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms PAC, sued the state afterward, saying open-meetings laws had been broken; the suit is currently pending at the New York Supreme Court.
Saland won his primary race on Monday, while Grisanti won his earlier this month. Alesi chose not to run for re-election.
McGuire said value voters are living up to their pledge not to turn a blind eye to Republicans who turn their backs on party principles.
“It’s our responsibility,” he said, “to hold senators who ‘go rogue’ accountable.”
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