March 17, 2012
Saratoga County Clerk Kathleen Marchione will challenge state Sen. Roy McDonald, R-Saratoga, Saratoga County Republican Committee leaders said Saturday.
With both in attendance, the Saratoga County Republican Committee met Saturday at the Saratoga-Wilton Elks lodge, but tabled a possible endorsement in the state Senate race.
Saratoga County Republican Chairman John “Jasper” Nolan said the committee could review the endorsement within the next 10 days.
Marchione had encouraged committee members to attend the meeting.
“I’m actually very excited that Kathy has decided to run,” Clifton Park Republican Chairman Brian Telesh said.
Marchione received statewide publicity for saying in 2007 she would not follow an executive order by then-Gov. Eliot Spitzer to grant driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. At the time, she was president of the New York State Association of County Clerks.
“She’s always been a consistent, principled, conservative Republican who’s not afraid to stand up when she thinks things are wrong,” Telesh said.
A message left on Marchione’s voicemail was returned by a representative who said she will be issuing a statement and announcement.
Marchione has not yet reached out to the Saratoga County Conservative Committee, chairman Robert Zordan said.
The committee recently voted unanimously to not endorse McDonald.
Conservatives have criticized McDonald for his votes last year in support of same-sex marriage, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s tax plan and for allowing school districts to borrow to pay pension costs.
The Republican Committee in Wilton, his former hometown, voted to endorse Assemblyman Steven McLaughlin, R-Melrose.
McLaughlin, though, announced last week he would not run for Senate but instead seek re-election to the Assembly.
During a previous Senate race, Marchione, as county clerk, had endorsed McDonald.
“If you know Kathy,” Telesh said, “she’s going to run only if she knows she can win.”