Tuesday, October 21, 2008

life and local elections

Election Day is two weeks away. None of the candidates in St. Lawrence County's Congressional, New York State Assembly or State Senate races post information on their campaign sites about whether they are pro-life or pro-choice. So I had to do a little hunting.

Pro-Lifer Darrel Aubertine (D-WF) is running for re-election against challenger Dave Renzi (R-C-I) in New York State Senate District 48. Dave Renzi is endorsed by the NYS Right to Life Committee and according to this email from his campaign,

Dave Renzi is PRO LIFE and has stated it several times.
~ john@daverenziforsenate.com (email 10/20/08@8:37am)

In New York State Assembly District 118, Addie Jenne Russell (D-WF) and Robert "Bobby" Cantwell (R-C-I) will face off. Russell is pro-choice and has the endorsement of Planned Parenthood Advocates of NY.

I emailed the Cantwell campaign site about his position and I am still waiting for a reply. However, the NYS Right to Life Committee has not endorsed Cantwell.

For those interested in the issue of gay marriage, Russell is also endorsed by Empire State Pride Agenda, a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy group.

Pro-Choice Dierdre Scozzafava (R-I-WF) is running unopposed in the 122nd Assembly District. She is endorsed by Empire State Pride Agenda. Planned Parenthood Advocates endorsed her two years ago but not in this election.

The sanctity of life or abortion rights will be issues neither in the 48th SD, with two pro-lifers running, nor in the 118th and 122nd AD's, with no apparent pro-lifers running.

However there are differences between the candidates in NY's 23rd Congressional District. Representative John McHugh (R-C-I), running for reelection, has been endorsed by NYS Right to Life Committee. His opponent, Pro-Choice Michale P. Oot (D-WF) believes, "Abortions should always be legal" (source).

Be blessed.
RB

1 comment:

Alleluiabelle said...

Thank you for this information. You educated me on this.
Blessings, Nancy C.