David Weprin: First Political Victim of Same-Sex Marriage Backlash?

When we last saw Brian Brown, the president of the National Organization for Marriage, he was bawling in the Capitol in Albany, dismayed that the Senate had just passed the Marriage Equality Act.

Judging from the above tweet, Brown has something to be quite gleeful about tonight: Their first time out, NOM appears to have made good on their promise to wipe out anyone in New York who voted for same-sex marriage.

Ironically, their first case was not an alleged RINO, one of those four Republicans who crossed the aisle in the Senate to pass the bill.

Rather, it was David Weprin, a member of the Assembly, where gay marriage bills passed easily four different times. His vote was never a tie-breaker.

And he's an Orthodox Jew.

Running in a district with a large Jewish population.

In New York City.

And he still lost!

Politicians who are on the fence about coming out for marriage equality will undoubtedly take note of NOM's success with a seat which should have been a cakewalk for the Democrats.

Wiser heads than ours can probably argue that there were larger forces at play than simply marriage equality.

Still, judging from the stream in our (extremely) little slice of the twitterverse, NY-9 was all about gay marriage, Weprin's vote, and NOM's vow to take him on.

And unquestionably, today the marriage equality foes won -- both in NY-9 and in North Carolina.

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This is utter garbage.  Weprin lost because of Weiner and his antics.  Voters couldn't punish Weiner, so they punished the Democrats.  


According to the liberal Public Policy Polling, a large number of people did vote against Weprin over his vote for homosexual marriage, especially orthodox Jews and conservative Catholic Latinos:


A poll released Sunday night by the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling showed that a plurality of voters in the district oppose same-sex marriage--45% say it should be illegal, 41% say legal, and 14% aren't sure. While 29% of all likely voters in the district said the issue of same-sex marriage is "very important" in "deciding who to vote for for Congress," 38% of Hispanic voters said the issue is "very important" to them.


Ah, NO.

Even Turner's press guy said Marriage Equality was a non-issue and Turner did not campaign on the issue. That NOM wants to make it about marriage equality is their business. That you would accept their claims is utterly baffling.


Think back. Anthony Weiner was openly and vocally for marriage equality. And? He was elected by a wide margin. And, reportedly, people would have reelected him again if he ran. Why are there no similar calls against Sheldon Silver, who is also an Orthodox Jew and the State Speaker? 

At the same time, my parents are Russian Jewish immigrants residing right on the border of the district. They told me there was a lot of talk about Israel and the economic situation that seems to agitate people. Not many of them (even among the old) care about marriage equality.

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James Peron

While NOM will claim they turned the tides I would guess that Obama's unpopularity has done more to turn the district than anything else. The stupid politicians, however, assume that a vote to elect them means people agree with them. These days it is more likely to mean they want to punish incumbents. Voters are sick of Democrats and big taxes and regulations and Republicans with big taxes and moralistic legislation. They just want to be left alone for awhile. They deserted Bush and flock to the polls and elected Obama and now they will do the opposite. Neither party represents them so they keep chucking them out.

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