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NY voters’ gay marriage reaction a caution for GOP

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Published on: September 16, 2012

Republican primary voters in New York punished two incumbents last week who voted to legalize same-sex marriage, firing a potential warning shot nationwide toward GOP lawmakers who could soon face tough votes in their states…

“Any Republican legislator faced with this vote is going to think twice,” said Robert Bellafiore, a political commentator and former top aide to Republican Gov. George Pataki of New York. “I don’t think there is any question this going to have a chilling effect across the country.”

In Minnesota, Steve Smith, who was one of the longest serving House Republicans, lost his GOP primary last month to a candidate with tea party supporters. His opposition to a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage was one of the reasons.

New York Conservative Party Chairman Michael Long spearheaded the effort to force the Republican senators into rare GOP primaries.

“I would think that legislators across the country would take a look at this vote and realize that in the bluest of states, when it comes to Republican Party politics, you are in danger of going off the cliff if you do the wrong thing.”

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