National Organization for Marriage, which spent more than $25,000 on independent expenditures for Republican candidate David Storobin in his tight special election last night, is cheering his narrow 120 vote lead for the State Senate in southeastern Brooklyn.
“One thing is certain—supporting same-sex marriage is a loser,” the president of the organization, Brian Brown, said in a statement today. He then referenced Congressman Bob Turner’s upset special election victory last summer over Democratic Assemblyman David Weprin, noting, “This election marks the second consecutive one where a supporter of same-sex marriage was defeated.”
Despite Mr. Brown’s statement, however, the Democratic candidate this time, Councilman Lew Fidler, could still emerge victorious when all of the provisional and absentee ballots are eventually counted. Nevertheless, Mr. Brown sees the anti-gay marriage message extending well beyond Brooklyn in New York State.
“We have avenged Carl Kruger’s despicable vote for same-sex marriage. Mark Grisanti, Roy McDonald and James Alesi will be next,” he added, referring to the Republican State Senators facing competitive primaries Upstate this year.
Mr. Storobin, National Organization for Marriage, and other groups, constantly featured his opposition to last year’s gay marriage legislation. NOM furthermore leaned on Rabbis to argue it was religiously forbidden to vote for Mr. Fidler because he supported the bill.