Roy J. McDonald
|Member of the New York State Senate, 43rd District|
|Preceded by||Joseph Bruno|
|Succeeded by||Kathleen Marchione|
|Member of the New York State Assembly, 112th District|
|Preceded by||Dierdre Scozzafava|
|Succeeded by||Tony Jordan|
|Member of the New York State Assembly, 100th District|
February 2002 – December 31, 2002
|Preceded by||Robert D'Andrea|
|Succeeded by||Thomas Kirwan|
April 12, 1947 |
Lansingburgh, Troy, New York
|Residence||Saratoga, New York|
|Alma mater||State University of New York at Oneonta|
Early life and career
McDonald grew up in Lansingburgh, New York and attended public schools. He earned his associate degree from Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, New York and moved on to State University of New York at Oneonta, where he earned his master's degree. A veteran, McDonald served as part of the US Army's 1st Cavalry Division in the Vietnam War. Roy and his wife, Angelina Zaccagnino-McDonald, are the parents of three daughters.
For 23 years, McDonald was Town and County Supervisor for the Town of Wilton, New York and in 1986, served a term as Chairman of the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors. His two grandsons have autism, and McDonald has been a leader regarding autism awareness, creating the Saratoga County Autism Council and sponsoring legislation. Before being elected to the New York State Senate on November 4, 2008, McDonald had served in the New York State Assembly since 2002, representing the 112th District.
Sen. McDonald lost his bid for re-election in 2012; he was defeated by Kathleen Marchione in a Republican primary.
2011 same-sex marriage vote
On June 16, 2011, McDonald spoke to the press on his intended support for New York State's upcoming vote on same-sex marriage. In response to the pressure he was receiving from other Republicans to vote against the measure, he is quoted as saying:
You get to the point where you evolve in your life where everything isn't black and white, good and bad, and you try to do the right thing. You might not like that. You might be very cynical about that. Well, fuck it, I don't care what you think. I'm trying to do the right thing. I'm tired of Republican-Democrat politics. They can take the job and shove it. I come from a blue-collar background. I'm trying to do the right thing, and that's where I'm going with this.
Following his vote in favor of same-sex marriage, McDonald and the three other Republican senators who voted in favor of the bill saw a massive increase in fundraising, which included money generated from an event hosted by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
2012 re-election bid
On March 18, 2012 the Saratoga County Republican Party County Committee declined to renominate Senator McDonald for reelection for the November 2012 election. According to the Troy Record, Senator McDonald did receive the support of the Independence Party of New York.
On April 4, 2012, Saratoga County Clerk Kathleen Marchione announced that she would challenge Sen. McDonald in a Republican primary in Senate District 43. One writer commented that the McDonald-Marchione primary contest "could prove to be one of the state's most hotly contested races because of McDonald's recent voting pattern, notably his votes to enact same-sex marriage and Gov. Andrew Cuomo's tax plan."
After a primary contest that was variously described as "divisive", "bitter," and "nasty," the results of the McDonald-Marchione race were initially too close to call. Marchione declared victory on September 25, 2012, while Sen. McDonald's campaign announced that the senator was considering his options. Later that week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, weighed in on the race by announcing his support for Sen. McDonald to continue his re-election bid on a third party line. However, Sen. McDonald opted to cease his campaign and throw his support to Marchione, stating that he was "very proud of [his] time in public service" and that "[s]tanding up for the communities [he] represented was always [his] first priority." Marchione went on to win the general election on November 6, 2012.
Following Sen. McDonald's loss in his 2012 primary, a Newsday headline described the senator as "a political casualty of same-sex marriage."
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- ""McDonald cashing in on same-sex marriage support" by Capital Region Scene". Dailygazette.com. 2012-01-19. Retrieved 2013-07-26.
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- "Kathy Marchione declares victory in Republican primary for 43rd Senate District". troyrecord.com. 2012-09-25. Retrieved 2013-07-26.
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- "Gov. Cuomo endorses Republican state Sen. Roy McDonald who helped cast one of deciding votes to legalize gay marriage - NY Daily News". New York: Articles.nydailynews.com. Retrieved 2013-07-26.
- "Sen. Roy McDonald to leave race after losing GOP Primary | News from". North Country Public Radio. 2012-09-28. Retrieved 2013-07-26.
- Kaplan, Thomas (2012-09-27). "Roy J. McDonald, Republican Who Voted for Gay Marriage, Won't Pursue Third-Party Bid". The New York Times.
- "Kathy Marchione wins 43rd State Senate District". saratogian.com. 2012-11-07. Retrieved 2013-07-26.
- "Roy McDonald, a political casualty of same-sex marriage - Editorial". Newsday.com. 2012-09-27. Retrieved 2013-07-26.
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