Conservatives May Backtrack Support for Lesbian Candidate

  • creature

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    Jun 27, 2012 1:30 AM GMT
    The New York State Conservative Party may drop its support of a state Senate candidate due to her being married to another woman.

    New York Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long told The Daily News that the party's executive committee would be reviewing the endorsement of Republican Janis Castaldi to run as the Conservative nominee for a Senate seat in the Hudson Valley.

    Local party leaders backed Castaldi not knowing she had married her wife in Connecticut in 2009. Long has been a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage in New York.

    The Daily News reports:

    “I want to be fair to the candidate, but I assume she has a different point of view on gay marriage than the party does, and that would be a problem,” Long said.

    Rockland County Conservative Party Chairwoman Mary Loeffler also said she did not know Castaldi’s marital status before her committee backed the former Ossining village trustee.

    “She’s married to a woman? Oh boy,” Loeffler said. “That puts a little crimp in it right now.”
  • KissTheSky

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    Jun 27, 2012 1:37 AM GMT
    If you're going to be a successful anti-gay bigot, you need to do a little homework before you go endorsing a candidate.
    The Republicans should really have a questionnaire they send candidates to determine if they're gay or not -- how else will they know who to hate?
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    Jun 27, 2012 1:40 AM GMT
    NY Conservatives vetted Castaldi and judged her the best candidate. If they drop her now for having a same-sex marriage, some possible conclusions & consequences are:

    - That Conservatives apply single-issue litmus tests to candidates they endorse, something they've denied in the past.
    - The Conservative Party candidate screening process does not inspire voter confidence that they are being very thorough. What secrets might their other candidates be concealing?
    - The replacement for Ms. Castaldi must be considered the second-best runner-up, not a good position from which to start a campaign.
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    Jun 27, 2012 5:44 AM GMT
    NY Conservatives: "Whoopsy-Daisy. We accidentally supported freedom."