Last year when several Republican members of the New York State Senate voted to approve same sex marriage, there were dire predictions about their electoral future. The prevailing wisdom was that they would be punished, in fact the small but influential Conservative party said they would not endorse any Republican who voted for equality and equal rights (our words not theirs).
State Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long has vowed not to give his party's endorsement to any Senate Republican who voted for last year's gay marriage law
Mr. Grisanti’s new district, if ultimately approved will be entirely within the suburbs of
Erie County, the Republican leaning part of the western New York landscape that is centered around . In addition to being more Republican friendly, there is another advantage to the new district for Mr. Grisanti Buffalo
But by keeping Grisanti's district within one county, the
Conservative Party can endorse Grisanti without Long's involvement. It is uncertain, yet, if the local party will back Grisanti, whose re-election chances would be enhanced if he had both the Republican and — smaller, but influential — Conservative line. Erie County
So at the end of the day Mr. Grisanti’s decision to put principle above party may well result in his re-election and continued indefinite stay in the
state Senate. And all that talk about punishing supporters of equal rights, well that what it was, just talk. New York