Only two members of Congress were among the several dozen Republicans who signed on to a legal brief asserting the constitutionality of same-sex marriage, and one of them was upstate Rep. Richard Hanna.
Hanna's signature comes in defiance of last fall's election results, when three the of four Republicans in the State Senate who voted with Democrats to pass same-sex marriage were defeated at the polls. In the eyes of same-sex marriage opponents, what Hanna did was even worse.(3)
In New York's 22nd congressional district, Republican congressman Richard Hanna declined to participate in a televised debate that was supposed to air tonight. His Democratic opponent, Dan Lamb, was going to be attending.
"There will be no empty chair, but we will tell the viewers that invitations were extended to Mr. Hanna multiple times and he chose not to participate," said the news director for the television station that'll air the one-candidate debate on Friday.
The Club for Growth, the group that coined the term "RINO," released a report today assessing how faithful the House's 87 Republican freshmen have been to the group's Tea Party ideals. New York's new members didn't fare so well.
Six New York Republicans elected to Congress in 2010 have joined together to raise money for their first attempts at re-election.
The respective campaign committees for Michael Grimm, Nan Hayworth, Ann Marie Buerkle, Richard Hanna, Chris Gibson and Tom Reed are listed as participants of a new PAC: the New York Congressional Victory Committee 2011.
Last night, Tea Party-aligned House Republicans bucked Speaker John Boehner and declined to pass a continuing resolution that would have funded the government beyond Oct. 1, raising the specter, once again, of a government shutdown. (The continuing resolutions, or "C.R."s, allow the government to sputter along for a finite amount of time. Congress never passed a budget for this fiscal year.)