Is NY State Sen. George Onorato Leaving Office Because He’s Old? Or Because He Voted ‘No’ on Gay Marriage?

New York State Sen. George Onorato, who voted against gay marriage last month, will not seek re-election to the seat he’s held for nearly three decades. At age 82, Onorato can easily say he’s leaving office for health reasons or to spend more time with his family, having spent 27 years in the State Senate and accomplishing much that he hoped. Or you could believe “insiders,” who say his “no” vote “made him vulnerable to a primary challenge [against Assemblyman Michael Gianaris], worrying party leaders who urged him to step aside.”