GAY FOR PAY

NY Republicans Who Crossed The Aisle On Marriage Equality Facing Tough Re-Election Race

For Republican state Senator Roy J. McDonald, supporting the passage of gay marriage in New York State was a profitable move, if a bit politically inopportune.

Like the three other GOP Senators who crossed the aisle, the Saratoga district Sen. was rewarded for his bipartisanship—to the tune of $447,000 in the half-year after the vote, 27 times what he raised in the same period in 2009.

McDonald now faces a tough re-election race, according to the New York Times, with Republicans in his hometown of Wilton endorsing his opponents.

McDonald, apparently sassified by his support of gay marriage, says to his GOP naysayers: “They can take the job and shove it.”

Senator Mark J. Grisanti, a Buffalo Republican, too faces trouble—he just lost the support of the Erie County Conservative Party, a group that was critical in getting him elected two years ago.

While NYC gays and their allies feel the upstaters’ pain, there’s not much we can do for them. As Mayor Bloomberg skilled commented, “I can’t go up there and vote for them—I vote in New York City—but I’ve certainly supported them financially.”