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Duprey is first to take Conservative ballot hit for gay marriage vote


If Assemblywoman Janet Duprey prevails over Karen Bisso in a Republican primary, November is almost certain to bring a rematch, with Mrs. Bisso on the Conservative Party line.
It's because Ms. Duprey, a Peru Republican, voted to approve gay marriage. The Conservative Party won't give its line to anybody who voted in favor of it, as Ms. Duprey did in 2011 when it became law.
Mrs. Bisso "is the first candidate that contacted me about running against someone who voted for the bill," said Mike Long, the Conservative Party chairman who can give his party's lines to candidates in districts, like this one, that stretch over more than one county. "I'm sure there will be other races."
A former Doug Hoffman volunteer, Mrs. Bisso got interested in politics through the tea party. She's a special education teacher and resident in the city of Plattsburgh. Mr. Long said he hasn't made up his mind yet on the race, but there appear to be few hurdles for a Bisso candidacy.
It's all just a little bit of history repeating in the eastern north country Assembly district. Ms. Duprey voted to approve gay marriage in 2009, when the effort failed. She was denied the Conservative line there, too, and in the general election, "trounced" her Democratic and Conservative opponents.
Here is an op-ed from Ms. Duprey on why she voted in favor of legalizing gay marriage in the state. Ms. Duprey says that "I did not lose my election because of my stand. Neither has any of the 72 Republican legislators who have voted for the freedom to marry. That is because no election is decided on a single issue. I ran on my entire record, including my vote for marriage for everyone. The vast majority of my North Country constituents respected my decision, whether they agreed with me or not."
Ms. Duprey told me yesterday that she is going to run again.
The Assembly district is currently in Clinton, Franklin and Essex counties. A proposed change would also bring the district into four St. Lawrence County townships.
It's difficult to resist talk to Mr. Long and not ask about the north country congressional district, and I, of course, gave into temptation. Mr. Long gave his standard answer: Waiting for the lines to come out, going to talk to county party leaders.

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