Last GOP Flip-Flopper, Sen. Saland, to Face Primary Challenger


Sen. Stephen Saland, provided the critical 32nd vote for same-sex marriage last June. Now he too will face a primary challenger:

After Gannett reported today that no Republican candidate has surfaced to challenge Sen. Stephen Saland, R-Poughkeepsie, Neil Di Carlo of Putnam County said today he’ll take on the veteran senator.

... “The families of the 41st Senate District desperately need relief from mandates, crushing regulations, and high taxes from Albany,” Di Carlo, of Brewster, said in a statement. “Senator Saland has been in office for 32 years and he has not delivered.”

... Our families need a new voice in Albany that will deliver the benefits that flow from genuine conservative ideals and principles; this will not be a one-issue race,” Di Carlo said, hinting at the same-sex marriage issue. “That is why I am formally announcing my intention to seek the Conservative and Republican Parties endorsements for New York Senate in the 41st District.”

On his congressional campaign website, he says he’s pro-life and opposed to same-sex marriage.

Di Carlo said the “voters must have an opportunity to choose a conservative Republican who is not a liberal Democrat collaborator.” -- Politics on the Hudson


  1. Anne
    Posted March 27, 2012 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    What GREAT New!!!!

    I had just heard that Senator Saland was running unopposed and was so disappointed to hear it!! I will definitely be active in Mr. DiCarlo's efforts.
    Thank you NOM.

    God Bless America.

  2. JR
    Posted March 27, 2012 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    Yes Anne - God Bless America and the 4 Republican NYS Senators who had the integrity to uphold American ideals of equality for all.

  3. Randy E King
    Posted March 27, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Permalink


    So your position is betraying the will of your constituence is an American Ideal? Yet more proof that vice is a virtue in marriage corruption land.

  4. David Argue
    Posted March 27, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    Good luck to Sen DiCarlo. The backlash from the same sex marriage vote is going to be immense.

  5. Dave
    Posted March 28, 2012 at 3:14 am | Permalink

    Senator Saland didn't vote for an American Ideal, he voted for his pocket book.

  6. yoshi
    Posted March 28, 2012 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    And most likely he will win - as SSM isn't a real driving issue in NY.

  7. Zack
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 12:37 am | Permalink

    Any Republican who moves to the left should be voted out swiftly and decisively.

    The left should be moving to center, Conservatives shouldn't move to the left.

  8. Registered Republican Voter in NY
    Posted March 31, 2012 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    It is amazing and embarrassing that my party is being stolen by religious zealots who look to one issue. Hate should not dictate. This has not and will not impact the church. For those of you who say he voted against the will of his constituents, you are ignorant as the majority of NYers support same sex marriage. Further, if you want to be a true republican, keep government out of our homes and look at all the revenue gay marriage is generating for businesses in NY. Move along, NOM. Move along hateful conservatives. Move along Santorum and move along Di Carlo. If nothing else, google Di Carlo and listen to him speak (ouch!).

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