The Dutchess County Democratic Committee had some strong words on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s endorsement of Republican Sen. Stephen Saland, saying Saland has “consistently voted the Conservative anti-choice platform.”
In a statement, the county Democratic committee made clear that Terry Gipson is the Democratic candidate challenging Saland and stands for Democratic ideals. But the statement doesn’t knock the popular Democratic governor specifically.
“Terry is a forthright, honest, hardworking and principled man. For many years we have not had a moderate voice speaking on our behalf in the State Senate. Terry Gipson will be that moderate voice,” said Democratic Committee chairwoman Elisa Sumner in a statement.
While Saland backed same-sex marriage last year, Democrats called it “one flip flop vote.”
“He actually fought former Democratic candidates on the very issue of marriage equality until his about-face last year, but on all other issues he is still in lockstep with his fellow Conservative Republican state senators,” the statement reads. “During the GOP race just last month, Steve Saland referred to himself as “…the highest ranked conservative Senator four of the last five years.’”
The statement also knocked Saland for not sticking to a pledge for independent redistricting this year.
“Senator Saland was called a ‘miscreant’ and ‘dishonorable’ by the Hon. Ed Koch for reneging on a 2010 pre-election pledge to support independent redistricting. Saland endorsed Republican Tea Party Candidate Carl Paladino in the last gubernatorial race. He is not a friend of the Democratic Party and does not uphold our principles and ideals. Terry Gipson does.”
Conservative Party candidate Neil Di Carlo has also been critical of Cuomo endorsing Saland, even invoking the recently deceased former Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter.
“Having been officially endorsed by Governor Cuomo, Republicans should fully expect Senator Saland to pull an Arlen Specter and switch his party allegiance to Democrat should he win the election,” Di Carlo said in a statement Friday. “Switching his seat and helping to bring the Senate back under Democrat control would be payment to Governor Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg for their support; just as voting for homosexual “marriage” was prepayment for receiving enormous amounts of money for his re-election campaign.”