As you know, the incumbent state Senator from Saratoga County lost the Republican primary to Kathy Marchione -- the election came to down to absentee ballots, and McDonald came up about 100 votes short. McDonald could have continued in the general election on the Independence Party line. [State of Politics] [TU] [Daily Gazette]
From McDonald's statement:
Moving forward, I will be supporting all Republican candidates - including Kathy Marchione - in the General Election, because I believe maintaining the Republican Majority in the New York State Senate will continue to positively change state government. It is important to recognize the need for checks and balances in our democracy, which can only be assured by a multi-party system.
Marchione's challenge of McDonald was prompted by the senator's vote in favor of the Marriage Equality Act. Of the four Republican state senators who voted for the act, two survived primary challenges, another chose not to run, and McDonald lost. He didn't mention the vote in his statement.
Even so, McDonald will be remembered for that vote on the historic legislation -- and his awesomely non-politician statement that preceded it:
"You get to the point where you evolve in your life where everything isn't black and white, good and bad, and you try to do the right thing.
"You might not like that. You might be very cynical about that. Well, f--- it, I don't care what you think. I'm trying to do the right thing.
"I'm tired of Republican-Democrat politics. They can take the job and shove it. I come from a blue-collar background. I'm trying to do the right thing, and that's where I'm going with this."
Marchione used the vote -- and subsequent support -- against McDonald in this race. Sample line from their debate: "when [McDonald] broke his promise to defend traditional marriage, he insulted those who disagreed with him with vulgarity." (Other accumulated resentments also seemed to catch up with the senator.) [TU CapCon] [Capital]
McDonald didn't back away from the vote. As he explained to NYT this month: "I'm in the party of Abraham Lincoln -- I'm very proud of that ... I'm not in a party of a bunch of right-wing nitwits. It's Abraham Lincoln. It's everybody's included. And I feel that's very important." [NYT]
Marchione, who's the Saratoga County clerk, faces Democrat Robin Andrews in the general election. Andrews is the town supervisor for Claverack in Columbia County. She also happens to be a lesbian. Andrews married her longtime partner last year after the Marriage Equality Act took effect.
photo: Roy McDonald Facebook
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