A Thousand Little Hoffmans

The fallout from the 23rd CD (NY) continues to be felt today. Fear of a Hoffman primary led all of the NYS Senate’s GOP caucus to oppose extending marriage equality to gays and lesbians. According to many in the chamber, the votes to pass the bill were thought to be there, including several from Republicans. However, they failed to materialize.

Recent polling shows that a majority of New Yorkers support equal marriage rights. Obviously, support varies across different regions of the state. Even so, there is little reason for Republican members from moderate districts to have opposed the measure except for fear of a Hoffman riding in to challenge them next year. While the NY GOP is not a party of religious conservatives (see, Giuliani), there are enough of them in certain districts upstate to see why certain members voted no. But, I still have a hard time getting my arms around suburban and Long Island members casting no votes.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s