State Senator Diane Savino is furious with fellow Democrat David Weprin after he agreed with an interviewer who said there should be some type of inquiry into whether the State Senate violated its rules when it voted to legalize same-sex marriage.
“I was this close to writing a check to him and I tore it up,” Savino told me. “He knows damn well” rules were followed, she said. “He should just defend his vote.” Weprin, as a member of the Assembly, voted for the bill.
“I am calling on him to rethink” his comments, she said, referring to Weprin’s interview with the
conservative Orthodox Jewish news outlet, Voz is Neias.
“Him questioning it is a way to pander to people he thinks will be angry with him…Don’t be questioning the legality of our vote.”
Weprin is running for the congressional seat vacated by Anthony Weiner in the 9th congressional district covering parts of Brooklyn and Queens where there is a sizable Jewish population, some of whom oppose same-sex marriage.
“I find this offensive” Savino told me. “Once people think you’re not being honest about your position, then they question all of your positions.”
Update: A spokesman for Weprin’s campaign disputes Savino’s characterization of the candidate’s position. “David Weprin voted for marriage equality and stands by that vote. He has never indicated otherwise.”