Ulrich Blasts Addabbo’s Gay Marriage ‘Flip-Flop’
ICYMI: NYC Councilman Eric Ulrich didn’t need much urging during a CapTon appearance last night to blast his new Democratic target, Sen. Joe Addabbo, for changing his mind on same-sex marriage – a move Ulrich predicts will cost the senator votes in the fall election.
Addabbo, as you’ll recall, was one of three Democrats who voted “no” on the same-sex marriage bill in 2009, contributing to its demise, and then changed their votes – at Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s urging – to help the measure pass last summer.
“I think that his flip-flop on gay marriage is going to hurt him,” Ulrich said. “I don’t believe that I’ll have to bring that up. I think that that’s clear as day.”
“People know that he voted against it first, and then voted for it two years later…He’s never revealed what his personal opinion is.”
“And I think that with the conservative voters, particularly the Orthodox Jewish and the Catholic community, people who don’t agree with same-sex marriage, that they feel betrayed, that he was trying to have his cake and eat it too.”
“So, people remember that. I’m not going to have to remind them of that. That’s still fresh in people’s minds – especially in parts of the new district.”
Addabbo, who is a former NYC Council member, came under fire from the gay community after his “no” vote in ’09, although advocates did not target him as they did others (like, say, former Sen. Bill Stachowski, who was ousted by a “yes” voter, Democratic Sen. Tim Kennedy, in 2010).
Liberal Democrats had supported Addabbo’s successful push to oust former GOP Sen. Serphin Maltese in 2008. They felt betrayed by Addabbo’s “no” vote, but he insisted it was consistent with what his constituents wanted.
He made the same argument after his “yes” vote, even as he intimated – but never explicitly stated – that he personally opposes gay marriage.
Interestingly, while the four Republicans who crossed the aisle to vote “yes” and push same-sex marriage over the finish line last summer have received massive financial support in the form of campaign contributions from the gay community, the three Democrats have not experienced the same largesse.
As a result, Addabbo has about $1,600 in his campaign account, though the Democrats insist he’ll have what he needs to fight a spirited campaign against Ulrich.
Ulrich admitted his challenge is an uphill battle, even though the district has been redrawn to be less Democrat-dominated.
He did note that he’s able to run this year without the risk of losing his current job on the Council, and so there’s very little downside to his bid, which came as something of a surprise to those of us who were pretty sure he wouldn’t run.
The councilman also told me he’s more than willing to take the pay cut (the Council’s base salary is $112,500 a year, compared to the Legislature’s $79,500) and the Queens-to-Albany commute if he wins.
Ulrich, as you’ll recall, headed up Mitt Romney’s NYC campaign. Even though he criticized Addabbo for flip-flopping on gay marriage, he defended Romney’s shifting of positions, insisting that’s what all presidential candidates must do after playing to their respective bases during the primaries.
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