Grisanti and Marriage Equality

29 Oct

I want to pass along something I received yesterday from Michael James, a former President of the Stonewall Democrats of WNY.

Although I am also disappointed with some of Antoine’s actions and that mailing, I’m sorry to read that you are endorsing Grisanti. His viewpoint expressed in the attached letter disqualify him from my support. It’s one thing to oppose same-sex marriage, but he goes beyond that to, in my opinion, demonizing a large number of those who would be his constituents.

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While I share Michael’s concern over Grisanti’s position on marriage equality, and do not agree with it, I’m compelled to point out that marriage equality failed to pass even with a Democratic majority in the state senate.  Had Grisanti been in the Senate as a Democrat (which is how he ran in 2008), the outcome would have been identical.

I share this with you so you can best make an informed decision.

The overarching concern for me is Thompson’s rapid entrenchment in the world of Albany pay-for-play corruption.

8 Responses to “Grisanti and Marriage Equality”

  1. Fat Tony October 29, 2010 at 9:27 am #

    Is this letter from 2008 since it says Grisanti is running as a candidate in the Dem Primary and if so, has his position evolved at all in that time. If you look at votes in the Legislature, many lawmakers have evolved on their gay marriage position in the last several years. I’m not saying Grisanti has, but it appears someone is trying to make this letter seem current when it may not be.

  2. Christopher Smith October 29, 2010 at 10:08 am #

    You can’t be a single issue voter in this day and age, it’s just not practical. Antoine is one of the most corrupt, arrogant, useless and horrible senators in all of New York State. I am vehemently supportive of gay marriage, however I could not vote for Antoine based solely on this reason. He contributes negatively to almost every other issue of import in NY.

  3. Art Ziller October 29, 2010 at 10:35 am #

    This is still the Grisanti position…. he has said so as late as three days ago. The problem in Albany is structural and ingrained and not simply a function of bad people being elected. To say that Thompson is one of the “most corrupt, arrogant, useless and horrible senators in all of New York State” is wrong insofar as the word “most’ is concerned but to replace him with someone who endorses bigotry and has uttered not a word to suggest he has a viable plan to take state gov apart and reassemble it so it functions effectively and honestly is… I don’t know… goofy?

  4. Mike In WNY October 29, 2010 at 10:55 am #

    If the choice were between 2 equally qualified and capable candidates, then Grisanti’s position could be a deal breaker. That is not the case here.

  5. JSmith October 29, 2010 at 11:03 am #

    Yeah, this is just a terrible race. I can’t bring myself to vote for either. Thompson is at the very least the most scandal-ridden of all of my elected representatives. But Grisanti has no platform other than “I am not Thompson”. I think I’m sitting this particular race out with “None of the Above”.

  6. Art Ziller October 29, 2010 at 11:12 am #

    We don’t really know how qualified and capable Grisanti is do we? I suppose it is a question of how important marriage equality and a few other consequential issues are to you and balancing that against the hope that Mr Grisanti is some sort of transformational candidate, the election of whom will serve to contribute meaningfully to a restructuring of state government. I am very disappointed with Sen. Thompson but….

  7. Brian Castner October 29, 2010 at 11:21 am #

    Grisanti doesn’t need to be a transformational candidate. He simply needs to vote for the bills he sponsors, remember how he votes, and not lie about how involved he is in scandal. Low low bar for success.

    Sitting out just gets Antoine re-elected. You don’t have to love Grisanti to vote against Thompson. If you don’t like what Grisanti does, vote against him next time. I could do with a little musical chairs, topsy turvy, in my state representatives. Anything that upsets the Entitled Incumbent applecart.

  8. Buddy Stewart October 31, 2010 at 1:44 pm #

    Man, I was going to vote for Mark Grisanti, but NOT now!!! What a jerk! “Inalterably opposed” ???? That just says it all. I will definately be holding my noise and voting for Thompson.

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