NY Democrat Switches Gay Marriage Stance


Boxer-turned-politico Joe Mesi has had a change of heart.

A Democrat who’s running for New York state’s Senate, Mesi this summer said he did not support same-sex marriage. Then, earlier this week, Mesi switched gears and declared he will back legislative efforts to pass gay nuptials.

Even before that announcement, however, Mesi’s been getting all sorts of pro-gay support:

During a nine-day period last month, Mesi received about $37,000 from individuals or groups who in one way or another have ties to organizations that support same-sex marriage rights. In June, during an interview on WBEN radio, Mesi said he opposed same-sex marriage.

Earlier this week, on the same radio station, he said he supports the right.

Supporters of same-sex marriage see opportunity, if Democrats can erase the slim GOP majority in the Senate – now at 31-29 with two vacancies – and win just a couple of the half-dozen seats in play during the upcoming election.

In a statement, the Mesi campaign – without addressing the candidate’s change on the issue – said it doesn’t ask “whether our contributors are gay or straight…We accept contributions from people who believe we need change in Albany,” the campaign said.

In his own statement, Mesi said donors agree with his positions “and trust in my independent leadership.”

We don’t know about trust, but there’s no small amount of lust on this end. Hubba-hubba!