The battle for the 43rd Senate District is heating up as Saratoga County Clerk Kathy Marchione officially announces her candidacy for the seat currently held by Roy McDonald. YNN's C.J. Spang has the latest.
HALFMOON, N.Y. -- With her candidacy, Kathy Marchione is giving 43rd Senate District Republicans a choice between her and Roy McDonald.
"I think it's good for the people because the Republicans are going to have a choice between two very different Republicans," she said. "So think it's good. I think it's our Democratic process."
McDonald has endorsements from the town Republican committee in Stillwater as well as the Washington County Republican Committee. He is also guaranteed a spot on the ballot after getting endorsed by the state Independence Party. McDonald lives in Saratoga and was town supervisor in Wilton for 23 years, but both Republican committees in those towns endorsed Marchione.
"When our public officials breach the public trust by outwardly, in the light of day, conspicuously sell their votes, that's unacceptable," said Wilton Republican Committee member Chuck Gerber. "I came down to a lack of integrity of Senator McDonald's part and for that reason, even if he was the only candidate, he would not have had our support."
McDonald's vote for same-sex marriage has largely been seen as the reason some Republicans are looking elsewhere, but Marchione says that's not the only reason she's running.
"There's a whole host of reasons why I was running," she said. "On taxes, on job creation, on votes that he's made and then gone back on. There was so much. The marriage vote was certainly part of that, but it was not the catalyst that pushed me forward."
Senator McDonald issued a statement regarding Marchione's announcement.
"I've delivered results to the communities I represent and will run on my proven record of creating jobs, lowering taxes and balancing difficult budgets. I'm proud to fight in Albany on behalf of my constituents in a district where I was born and raised. I will continue to build on the historic, bipartisan progress we've achieved in the past two years."
One endorsement still up for grabs is that of the Saratoga County Republican Committee. The Committee has endorsed candidates in virtually every other race, but last month, tabled a vote for this race. We spoke to Chairman Jasper Nolan who says he is supporting Senator McDonald all the way. However Vice Chair John Herrick was at Marchione's announcement.