The Saratoga County Conservative Committee unanimously agreed to not support Sen. Roy McDonald in what is expected to be his re-election bid this year.
“In December of 2011 Mr. McDonald supported a $3 billion dollar tax increase even though his campaign pledge was to not support tax increases,” said Robert Zordan, the county party chair in a statement. “In addition, Mr. McDonald supported a recent attempt to weaken the tax cap by allowing school districts to bond out pension costs. We believe Mr. McDonald has abandoned his supporters in the conservative party and thus are no longer willing to support him.”
The Conservative Party non-endorsement comes on the heels of the Republican Committee in McDonald’s hometown of Wilton voting to back Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin on Melrose. McLaughlin was in Wilton lobbying for that committee’s endorsement but he has not formally announced whether or not he will run or not.
Also, Republicans in the Saratoga County towns of Malta, Halfmoon and Clifton Park voted not to endorse McDonald despite McDonald having the support of longtime county Chair Jasper Nolan. The Saratoga County Republicans were supposed to meet Saturday, but I'm hearing it's cancelled. McDonald did get the support of the Stillwater Republican Committee, however.
McDonald has come under fire since he was one of a handful of Senators to vote in favor of same sex marriage last summer but a number of Republicans, like the Conservative Party in Saratoga County, have cited other issues they have with McDonald’s tenure in Albany.
While Wilton isn’t in the 43rd Senate District as it stands today, it is in the lines as proposed by the Senate. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, however, has pledged to veto those lines.
When a district crosses county lines, the Conservative Party endorsement kicks up to the state level. Last summer when gay marriage squeaked through the Senate, thanks in part to McDonald’s vote, state Chairman Mike Long pledged to not support anyone who voted in favor of it.
McDonald has cashed in on his vote, however, and has gotten money from pro-gay marriage groups across the country. As of the January filing with the Board of Elections, McDonald had $520,000 in the bank while McLaughlin had $1,586.
Zordan is urging anyone - but McDonald - who is interested in the Conservative Party endorsement to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
to arrange for an interview.
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