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For decades the New York State Senate has been in Republican control.  And now, in 2012, it is entirely possible with your help to turn the NY State Senate Blue.

It’s really simple. Republicans have a thin majority in the Senate. In newly created Senate District 43, the Republicans have held a raucous, circular firing squad primary.  Incumbent Roy McDonald committed the apparently unpardonable sin of voting for gay marriage in the State Senate, and that vote, in fact the only real issue in the primary, led to his defeat and the nomination of Kathy Marchione, an anti-gay, T-party ultra-conservative by the thinnest of margins. After the primary, Governor Cuomo said he’d endorse McDonald on another line, but falling in line as Republicans are supposed to, McDonald then withdrew from the race. And he endorsed his former rival, Marchione.  This means that there are many alienated, angry, moderate voters in the District who will not vote for an extremist.  

The Democratic candidate in District 43 is Robin Andrews.  She won an historical election as the Town Supervisor in Claverack, Columbia County in 2009.  She became the first Democrat in more than 30 years to be elected in that Town. And she’s been serving on the County Board of Supervisors as a result of that victory.

Robin Andrews can win this race. And that win can turn the New York State Senate Blue. But she needs your support and your help to win.

You can read all about Robin Andrews in this unnoticed essay from the weekend.  And you can get even more details at her website.  This video describes the situation clearly:

This is the Internet.  What Robin needs right now is about $10,000 to buy television time just before the election.  That’s not really a huge sum.  Especially in Internet and post-Citizens United terms.  It’s easily raised if many, many people make small donations of amounts that they won’t even really feel.  You know this, and you’ve done it before. It would be great if you could do it again now.  

Please make a donation now at Robin’s ActBlue page.

Or send her a check:

Friends of Robin Andrews
303 Roxbury Rd
Hudson, NY  12534

Originally posted to davidseth on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 07:12 AM PDT.

Also republished by Inherent Human Rights.

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