Pulse of The People: Voting for Marchione (Troy Record, 8/28/2012)

I keep getting glossy flyers from Roy McDonald … at least three in the past two weeks. No doubt they are paid for, at least in part, by the contributions he got from New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg for his vote for gay marriage.

That being the case, I continue to wonder why Senator (hopefully soon to be former Senator) McDonald never mentions that vote when he lists his achievements. One must wonder why … mustn’t one?

If it was “the right thing to do” as he said at the time, then one would think that he should be proud of that achievement. Evidently not. He now sees the handwriting on the wall and values his job more than the “right thing to do,” continuing to “forget” to mention this “right thing.”

Roy…it was the wrong thing to do for reasons that have nothing what-so-ever to do with bigotry against gays and everything to do with why marriage gets the civil/legal benefits it does in the first place.

I have not forgotten your vote. And I will not forget when I proudly vote for Kathy Marchione on Sept. 13 in the Republican primary. It was she, along with my hero Frank Merola (Rensselaer County Clerk) who helped defeat former Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s truly bizarre idea of giving drivers licenses to illegal immigrants. Kudos to them both.

Drew Holcomb