Pro-SSM Op-Ed in NY: "The Votes Aren't There"


Fred Lebrun advocates for redefining marriage but admits in the Albany Times Union that Gov. Cuomo's "bullying" of the legislature - while earning him high marks with the public - has backfired when it comes to pushing his agenda in the capital:

Governor Cuomo has maintained his high ratings by beating up on the Legislature, a tactic the public apparently loves. He's bullied legislators, goaded them to do his bidding and not theirs, and even all but demanded they pass his Big Three or suffer the public's wrath, which he will command on them. It's quite the imperial exercise, a sort of prosecutor as messiah.

... What the governor has managed to do is energize the opposition to a magnitude I have not seen in recent years. [...] If another vote was held today, the outcome would not be that dissimilar because the Senate votes just aren't there yet.

... In a year when a far more collegial approach was called for, aimed directly at the public and not at the Legislature, Governor Cuomo's efforts will go down as well meaning, but tactically flawed. Another missed opportunity.


  1. John Noe
    Posted May 16, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    The writer implies the voters are with him. Suffice to say the majority of NY voters are against SSM.

  2. alvin m.
    Posted May 16, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    well we knew that from the beginning . there are larger battles in play here, nom

  3. Richard
    Posted May 16, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

    John Noe, "Suffice to say the majority of NY voters are against SSM." Every poll I've seen contradicts, soundly, your patently false statement.

  4. John N.
    Posted May 16, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Permalink

    To poster #3, John Noe is right, your polls are a scam and mean nothing. Go to the BP blog and read Gothelittle's post #26 to learn how polls are no true indicator of how the people feel.

    Our biggest proof that the public is on our side is the action of your own supporters. You point to your useless polls as support for SSM. We say fine: then let us vote, what do have to worry about ?
    But no, you do everything in your power to block the rightfull vote of the people. So much for your phony polls.

  5. MIke Brooks
    Posted May 17, 2011 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    Polls, schmoll. Every day there is a new poll on gay marriage funded by some homosexual activist organization. The question and audiences polled are selected to give a pro-SSM impression with the intent to convince those who are against SSM or undecided about it that they are out of the mainstream.

    Of course, people arenlt that stupid, and every time the important polls are taken at the voting boths, SSM has lost every time.

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