Anti-gay flyer circulated in Democratic primary for open House seat

An anti-gay marriage flyer is being distributed in an apparent attempt to smear Paul Tonko. He’s running in tomorrow’s contested Democratic primary in New York’s 21st Congressional District. Tonko voted in the New York Assembly to extend marriage rights to gay couples — and someone is trying to use that vote against him. In the DEMOCRATIC primary. The flyer is being mailed anonymously, which is probably illegal. Who is sending this? A fellow Democrat? That’s the big question.

The ad features a picture of our good friend, Danny O’Donnell, who sponsored that gay marriage bill, which passed in the New York Assembly last year. Danny is supporting Tonko and is not pleased at all about this mailer. He sent this email to us:

It outrages me that a Democrat would stoop to the politics of hate in order to try and win a primary. Our party stands for equality and fairness for all and whoever is responsible –she or he — is unfit to be our party’s nominee for any office.

In 2007, Paul Tonko took a courageous vote because it was the right thing to do. All members of our community should be outraged by these tactics and deliver a vote for Paul Tonko. He was there when we needed him and now we need to be there for him when he needs US.

Really dirty politics at play in NY. This is the flyer:

On October 27, 2010, Joe was one of five bloggers who interviewed President Obama. Joe is a DC-based political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience at both the state and federal level. Joe has managed political operations and legislative efforts for both candidates and issues-based organizations. For seven years, he was the Director of State Legislation at Handgun Control, Inc. He served as that organization's first Political Director during the 2000 cycle. Joe is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University and received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Joe also has a fun dog, Petey, a worthy successor to Boomer, who got Joe through eight years of Bush and Cheney. Joe likes to think he is a world class athlete having finished the 2005 Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:10. He has completed six other marathons as well -- and is still determined to break the four hour mark.

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