Tuesday, October 09, 2012

NOM fails HARD in NY Senate primary

To hear the National Organization for Marriage proclaim it, its attack on the New York Senators who voted for the passage of marriage equality in the state worked liked gangbusters.

You wanna bet:

Equality Matters - who was kind enough to create the above chart - said the following:
NOM endorsed six candidates in New York’s state senate primary. Out of these six, two ended up winning their races, and only one of those races revolved around the issue of same-sex marriage. NOM also claimed credit for forcing two additional pro-equality state senators to resign before the election:
  • Sen. Mark Grisanti. Although NOM worked aggressively to defeat Grisanti in the primary, the pro-equality Republican won his district with roughly 60 percent of the vote.
  • Sen. Stephen Saland. Saland – who provided the critical 32nd vote to pass New York’s marriage equality law – was declared the winner of his close primary despite being targeted by NOM.
  • Sen. Gustavo Rivera. Freshman state Sen. Gustavo Rivera handily defeated NOM-endorsed challenger Manny Tavarez, who campaigned against Rivera’s support for marriage equality.
  • Mark Amodeo. In the race to determine who would challenge Republican Sen. Grisanti in November, Democrat Mark Amodeo defeated NOM-endorsed candidate Charles Swanick by a wide margin.
  • Sen. Roy McDonald. McDonald’s defeat proved to be NOM’s only real “victory” in New York’s Senate primary. After losing a close race to NOM-endorsed challenger Kathleen Marchione, McDonald decided to drop out rather than run as a third-party candidate. A poll taken earlier this week showed that McDonald could have won his seat in a three-way race.
  • Sen. Shirley Huntley. Although NOM claims that Huntley lost to challenger James Sanders as a result of her vote for same-sex marriage, it likely has more to do with the fact that she was indicted on felony corruption charges just weeks before the election. Gay marriage wasn’t a central part of Sanders’ campaign, which instead emphasized “clean government.”
  • Sen. Carl Kruger. NOM also claims responsibility for ending Sen. Carl Kruger’s career over his vote for marriage equality, failing to mention that Kruger resigned in anticipation of being convicted  on federal corruption charges. He’s currently serving seven years in prison.
  • Sen. James Alesi. Alesi is the last of the four “turncoat” Republican senators NOM targeted for supporting marriage equality. NOM claimed credit for his decision to retire this year, but reports indicate that his retirement might have more to do with a “bogus lawsuit” he filed against constituents several years ago than with his support for same-sex marriage.
Of the six races NOM was involved in, only one can reasonably be considered a “victory” for NOM. That’s a pretty pitiful record for any organization . . .

That's the thing with  bull. It's unfortunate but sometimes, it must be revealed as such by a careful wafting of the smell by those who know it as such.

Otherwise, those pushing it will get away with the lie that what you smell are rose petals.

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