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May 30, 2012

Maziarz to face primary challenge


Tonawanda News —

Grisanti’s support for the gay marriage bill reportedly sparked a feud between Maziarz and Erie County Conservative Party Chairman Ralph Lorigo who is supporting former Erie County lawmaker Chuck Swanick in a bid to unseat Grisanti. 

Destino, who said he considers himself a conservative Republican, argued that Maziarz, as one of the GOP leaders in the Senate, should have done more to block the gay marriage vote. He also questioned the senator’s continued support for Grisanti under the circumstances. 

“I don’t think (Maziarz) personally supports (gay marriage), but I think with his position of power and influence in government, that shouldn’t have come up for a vote,” Destino said. “I think he betrayed the voters in his district.”

Members of the Niagara County Republican Party Committee are expected to announce their endorsements later this week. 

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