Some Republicans claim Sen. Roy McDonald changed views on issues

Posted at: 03/20/2012 6:11 PM | Updated at: 03/20/2012 6:23 PM
By: John McLoughlin

It promises to be one of the most interesting local political races of the year, the expected Republican Primary race between Senator Roy McDonald and longtime Saratoga County Clerk Kathy Marchione.

Some of McDonald’s Republican allies from years ago are turning on him, claiming that McDonald hoodwinked them on issues such as same-sex marriage and taxes, but McDonald says his conscience is clear and he thinks voters are more interested in the economy than in same-sex marriage.

When NewsChannel 13 told McDonald that some Republicans feel that he mislead them McDonald replied, “I don’t think I mislead anybody and certainly it wasn’t intentional.”

McDonald has no apologies whatsoever and said his views on same-sex marriage evolved and he voted his conscience.

“There was a time when I never paid attention to it. They’re social issues and I never thought I would be telling people what to do with their own personal lives,” said McDonald.

“In the eleventh hour he changed his mind and I do think that with Bloomberg’s money out there and the other organizations, unfortunately I think that vote was bought,“ said Republican County Clerk Kathy Marchione.

Two years ago, the senator honored Marchione as a woman of distinction, now she wants to run against him and some town committees are rejecting McDonald, mainly for the same-sex marriage vote.

The senator says voters are more interested in economic opportunity, jobs.

“If I were ranking the top 10 issues in my district I would say the top 10 issues are all economic issues,” said McDonald.

“I think they care about a spectrum of issues, I don’t think that the populous is interested in one issue and not in others,” said Marchione.

McDonald has the backing of the Independence Party, so he’s on the November ballot, no matter what happens. Tuesday night, the Halfmoon and the Wilton Republican Committees will interview the candidates, including Marchione and McDonald and Marchione told NewsChannel 13 an interesting tidbit.

She says Neal Estano, the meteorologist on WRGB-Channel 6, is scheduled to go before one or both of those committees.