For the first time in his 12 electoral campaigns for the state Senate, Steve Saland’s name will not appear on the Conservative ballot line, New York State Conservative Party Chairman Michael Long said.
That is due to his vote one year ago to legalize same-sex marriage in New York. Long said at the time he would no longer support Saland, who is seeking his 12th two-year term in the Senate, and the three other Republicans in the state Senate who voted for the bill.
Long has not changed his mind. He has yet to endorse a candidate for the state Senate 41st District.
“Anyone who voted for same sex marriage, there’s no question about it, they will not get the Conservative endorsement,” Long said last week. “It’s not going to happen. They were all forewarned before the vote that traditional marriage is very important.”