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In Bid to Oust Pro-SSM McDonald, NY Conservative Party Likely to Back Challenger Marchione

 

The fall-out from same-sex marriage in New York continues:

State Conservative Party officials will likely back Saratoga County Clerk Kathy Marchione in her state Senate bid, setting the stage for a three-way race for the 43rd district this fall.

Marchione, a Republican looking to unseat Sen. Roy McDonald, R-Saratoga, filed nominating petitions with the state Board of Elections on Wednesday and included the signatures of 458 Conservatives.

... Veitch said even though McDonald received the endorsements of Conservative committees in Rensselaer and Columbia counties, which totaled about 80 percent of the 43rd district’s weighted vote, it was unlikely the senator would receive the vote of the state Conservative Party’s executive committee.

The spokesman stopped short of attributing that to McDonald’s 2011 vote to legalize same-sex marriage, though state Conservative Party Chairman Michael Long said Thursday that party leaders had told all elected officials “anyone who voted to destroy traditional marriage would not receive” the party endorsement.

... McDonald and Marchione appear ready to square off in a September primary for the Republican line, which could prove crucial in the November election. -- The Saratogian