“I want to be sure to acknowledge the long, distinguished career of Sen. Saland,” Gipson said. “I think I can speak for all the people of Dutchess and Columbia counties in thanking him for his selfless dedication and service.”
Saland said last year that his parents always taught him to “do the right thing.”
“My intellectual and emotional journey has ended here today,” he said after casting his vote, “and I have to define doing the right thing as treating all people with equality.”
Doubtless there will be those in the GOP who will rejoice at getting rid of three of the four members of their party who put principle above politics. But theirs is at best a hollow victory that deserves the contempt of mainstream New Yorkers … and history.