November 27, 2022

Support for “red flag” gun control cost the Republicans a seat in the State Senate.

The Post-Standard reports:

Justin Coretti barely campaigned … And he took credit for incumbent Democrat Rachel May’s win … Coretti turned out to be the spoiler in the three-way election that included incumbent Democrat Rachel May and Republican Julie Abbott. May won by 7,076 votes. Coretti, who ran on the Conservative Party line, received 7,104 … If the race had not been split three ways, it’s likely most of Coretti’s votes, if not all, would have gone to Abbott … “We had two Democrats running,” Coretti said. He said Abbott was a RINO (Republican in Name Only). “If they want a shot at taking office, they need to give us someone with conservative ideals.” Abbott, who is pro-choice and supports red flag gun laws, sought the Conservative Party line from the state party after receiving the Republican nomination. She had the nod from the state Conservative Party, but then Conservatives from Onondaga and Cayuga counties declined to endorse Abbott. Then they chose Coretti, a lawyer who works in health care, to primary her for the spot … The primary for the Conservative Party line ended up being so close it required a recount, but Coretti won the line … “Perhaps now the Republicans will actually provide us with a decent candidate. Not former Democrats … with liberal agendas,” Coretti said …”

Good for him.

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