If you’ve been following along at home, you know Republican Assemblyman Greg Ball, who endorsed Carl Paladino before last month’s GOP primary, earlier this week denounced the GOP gubernatorial candidate’s remarks on gay couples.
For that, he was recognized by the Log Cabin Republicans, according to a release put out by his campaign. Ball and Democratic Westchester County Legislator Mike Kaplowitz are running to represent the 40th state Senate District. Kaplowitz, though, is still critical of Ball’s endorsement of Paladino.
Log Cabin Republicans Endorse Ball’s Comment on Paladino Remarks, Encourage Return to Core Republican Values
The Log Cabin Republicans, New York’s only organization of Republicans who support fairness, freedom, and equality for gay and lesbian Americans, has contacted the Campaign for Greg Ball to express their appreciation and endorsement of Greg Ball’s comments about Carl Paladino’s recent remarks.
In a Press Release on Monday, Greg Ball said, “These divisive statements are offensive to most New Yorkers. Now is a time to be talking about coming together to reform New York, and candidates should focus on that common goal, to make the Vampire State the Empire State once again. Carl Paladino’s statements do not achieve that, and I do not agree with them.”
“Greg Ball and the Log Cabin Republicans know that divisive comments do not win elections,” said Log Cabin Republicans of Hudson Valley President Gerry Gershonowitz. “Republicans statewide need to focus on the core GOP values of fiscal responsibility, lower taxes and personal freedom in order to win in November. That is the message voters want to hear, and we’re pleased to support Greg Ball’s commitment to those core principles in his bid to become the next Senator from New York State’s 40th District.”
Ball has received the support of the Log Cabin Republicans since he first ran for office in 2007. In 2009, after a recommendation by a military administrative board to discharge Army First Lieutenant Dan Choi, a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and West Point Graduate, Assemblyman Ball lead a call upon the New York State Army National Guard to put a moratorium on the current “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy affecting the military. Following that announcement, Ball worked together with bipartisan members of the State Assembly to draft and introduce a legislative resolution in the State Assembly. On Tuesday, in response to litigation brought against the military by the Log Cabin Republicans, a Federal Judge struck down DADT.
Kaplowitz, however, has been calling on Ball to withdraw his endorsement of Paladino.
Statement from Josh Luger, Kaplowitz For Senate Spokesman:
“Assemblyman Ball can try and run from his record all he wants, but the fact remains: Assemblyman Ball is the Carl Paladino of the Hudson Valley. Assemblyman Ball repeatedly endorsed and supported Paladino’s divisive and insensitive politics. Assemblyman Ball stood by Paladino knowing he opposed abortion even in the cases of rape and incest. Assemblyman Ball stood by Paladino knowing he forwarded racist and sexist emails. Assemblyman Ball stood by Paladino when he said prisons should be turned into work camps for welfare recipients. Assemblyman Ball stood by Paladino until Ball saw recent poll numbers that put his own political career on the line.
Assemblyman Ball, a desperate Albany incumbent, now has a decision to make: he can withdraw his endorsement of Carl Paladino – as Mike Kaplowitz first asked him to do in a letter one month ago. Or, he can continue to stand by Paladino’s racist and bigoted politics.
We have been asking Assemblyman Ball to withdraw his endorsement of Paladino every day this week—and we will continue to do the same between now and November 2nd. In the event he chooses not to, he is more than welcome to explain to the voters why.