There’s going to be a special election in New York State’s 23rd congressional district this year. The current U.S. Representative for the district, John McHugh, is leaving Congress to become Secretary of the Army.
In the race to succeed McHugh are Democrat Bill Owens, Republican Dede Scozzafava, and Conservative Doug Hoffman. Some people might presume that Owens is running as the progressive choice against Scozzafava and Hoffman, but it’s not that simple. The issue of marriage equality demonstrates that.
Democrat Bill Owens has announced that his campaign’s position is to oppose marriage equality for gay, lesbian and transgender Americans. Democrats may make excuses for Owens, saying that he has to oppose marriage equality to get elected.
The plain truth is that Owens doesn’t have to oppose marriage equality. His Republican opponent proves that. Dede Scozzafava, like the majority of New York State residents, says she supports the legalization of same-sex marriage.
Democrat Bill Owens is joining the Conservative Party candidate to run to the right of the Republican candidate. It’s a dark time for progressive Democrats up in the Adirondacks.