FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 23, 2014
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"Claudia Tenney is a principled conservative who believes in marriage, supports the right of voters to have a say, and will vote to protect innocent human life in the US House." — Brian Brown, NOM president —
Washington, D.C. — The nation's most prominent organization working in support of natural marriage today announced it had launched an independent expenditure campaign to defeat incumbent Republican Representative Richard Hanna, and support his opponent in the GOP primary, Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney. The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) said it was spending tens of thousands of dollars to defeat Hanna and support Tenney.
"Richard Hanna has abandoned Republican principles and is a foe of New York families. He wants to redefine marriage and has refused to allow voters a say on this critical issue. He's also militantly pro-abortion," said Brian Brown, NOM's president. "Hanna's positions are anti-family and in favor of big government. Claudia Tenney is a principled conservative who believes in marriage, supports the right of voters to have a say, and will vote to protect innocent human life in the US House."
NOM sent a direct mailer to tens of thousands of voters in Hanna's district, New York's 22nd Congressional District noting that Hanna is the 3rd most liberal Republican in the US House, according to National Journal. The mailer said, "On core issues, Richard Hanna has abandoned us." It says that Hanna is "militantly pro-gay marriage" and "shockingly pro-abortion."
"We realize that Congressman Hanna may have a lead in this race, but we believe he is unfit to serve New York," Brown said. "We are hopeful that New York voters will shock the establishment just as voters in Virginia did in unseating Rep. Eric Cantor. Regardless of the outcome, we are standing on principle to let Rep. Hanna and his allies in Washington know that we will not sit still and watch liberal Republicans join with liberal Democrats to redefine marriage and kill innocent children. We urge voters to reject Richard Hanna on Tuesday."
Paid for by The National Organization for Marriage, Brian Brown, president. 2029 K Street NW, Suite 300 Washington, DC 20006, not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee. New § 68A.405(1)(f) & (h).