NOM Launches Mailers Into The Districts of Seven GOP and Democratic Senators Who Betrayed Voters on Marriage; $2 Million Pledge Being Fulfilled


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, President of NOM

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today began making good on its pledge to spend at least $2 million leading to the defeat of the seven state Senators who were responsible for the imposition of same-sex marriage in New York. NOM announced today it was spending $150,000 on issue mailings into the districts of Republican Senators Mark Grisanti, Roy McDonald, James Alesi and Stephen Saland, and Democratic Senators Shirley Huntley, Joseph Addabbo and Carl Kruger.

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“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,” said Brian Brown, NOM’s president. “They decided to ignore principle and their constituents in a calculated political flip-flop only after Governor Cuomo raised $1 million from Wall Street billionaires and hedge fund managers to support the legislation. Now, some of these same Senators are raising tens of thousands of dollars in campaign cash from gay marriage activists all around the country. It’s despicable.”

NOM’s mailers compare the senators to Benedict Arnold, another New Yorker from history who sold his principles for cash. Gen. Benedict Arnold received 6,000 British Pounds Sterling for plotting to surrender Fort West Point to the British.

The mailers also remind voters of key facts about the Senators. For example:

· Senator Mark Grisanti ran for office on a traditional marriage platform, and solicited and accepted a $4,000 campaign contribution from NOM.
· Senator James Alesi has said publicly, “It’s not our job to be moral.”
· Senator Carl Kruger, who is under indictment for allegedly taking $1 million in bribes in exchange for political favors, said of his vote, “What we are about to do is redefine what the American family is.”

“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. “It is the people on Main Street who should be able to vote on this issue, not billionaires on Wall Street. We will not rest until the people of New York have the right to vote on marriage just as voters in 31 other states have been able to do.”

NOM previously announced its support for “Let the People Vote,” a multi-denominational effort designed to put the marriage issue before voters in a constitutional amendment. NOM is helping organize four “Let the People Vote” rallies on July 24th, where thousands of traditional marriage supporters are expected to protest the imposition of same-sex marriage without a vote of the people.


  1. Barb
    Posted July 19, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    This is fantastic. NOM can count on my continued support.

  2. Northwestperson
    Posted July 19, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    NOM, your desperation is pitiful.

  3. Posted July 19, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    This must be the standard. Any person that vote against traditional marriage should expect primary fight. in every state.

  4. Louis E.
    Posted July 19, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    Just make sure that they have opponents who will stand against SSM but are not unelectably right-wing.

  5. Lefty
    Posted July 19, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

    I agree, Louis E. Also, more could be done to elect pro-marriage Dems. NY proved that just concentrating on electing Republicans isn't going to be enough.

    Besides, I may be "socially conservative" in some ways, but I am not politically rightwing. There are a lot of people in that same boat, including entire districts in some places, and we don't want to vote for Michele Bachmann. We want to vote for Democrats who share our values.

  6. Ken
    Posted July 19, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    Still going with the "gay marriage will hurt children" theme huh?

  7. Mark
    Posted July 20, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

    $2 million dollars would buy a lot of food and/or medical care for the needy.

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