Some critics say we don't talk about the issues, so let's talk about them. A looming issue for any candidate for statewide office is gay marriage. One needs to look no further than Mark Grisanti to see what a polarizing issue it can be.
An alert reader from Lackawanna (birthplace of the Blogger), sent me a recent political cartoon from Artvoice Magazine. The cartoon blasts both Catholics and Conservatives. (I guess if you're on the Left, it's ok to be intolerant towards these groups.
Anyway, I don't begrudge groups like the Stonewall Democrats. They have a clear agenda and would be the first to admit it. Made up mostly of homosexuals, they obviously are a strong proponent of gay marriage, and it is their right to do so. The district Mickey Kearns and Chris Fahey hope to represent, however, is predominantly Catholic and predominantly conservative. I don't know if the majority of the constituents in this district feel the same way on the issue as Chris Fahey does.
The constituents have the right to know where each candidate stands on the ssue of gay marriage. Kearns did not seek out the endorsement of the Stonewall Democrats. However, Fahey did, but doesn't want your conservative neighbors to know it. He hasn't mentioned it on any of his fliers or commercials. Here's a comment from Artvoice, which was found underneath this cartoon...
I’m supporting Chris Fahey for State Assembly in the special election in the
145 AD. He received the endorsement of the Stonewall Democrats of WNY and I’m
proud to have voted for him in both the Erie County Democratic Executive Committee and the Stonewall Club meeting.
I hope all you Democrats out there in South Buffalo, Lackawanna, W. Seneca, etc. get out and vote for him on March 20 in the special election.
Comment by Bruce Kogan — March 1, 2012So when Chris Fahey tells your grandmother at the Irish Center what a good Catholic boy he is, have her ask him where he stands on the issue of gay marriage. I realize many people are in favor of the new law. However, I don't think you can count most elderly conservative Catholics among them. This is a tightrope Chris Fahey has chosen to walk. Perhaps it's why most of his contributions are coming from New York City special interest groups. Interesting.