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Democratic State Senator Robo-calling for Republican Turner in NY-9

Will a vote for gay marriage sink a Democrat in New York City?

6:47 AM, Sep 12, 2011 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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In a phone call going out to Latino households in New York's 9th congressional district, Democratic state senator Ruben Diaz slams Democratic candidate David Weprin and endorses Republican Bob Turner in Tuesday's special election.

In the robo-call, sponsored by the National Organization for Marriage and recorded in Spanish, Diaz denounces Weprin for his vote for same-sex marriage in June of this year. "David Weprin betrayed New York families when he voted to impose same sex marriage," Diaz says, according to a translation. "Weprin voted to impose gay marriage against the wishes of our community. Worse, he refused to allow the people of New York to decide this issue by allowing us to vote on marriage, as voters in 31 other states have been able to do. Our families face terrible consequences because of David Weprin. Join me, Democratic state senator Ruben Diaz, in supporting Bob Turner for Congress on September 13."

The Latino community in New York's 9th congressional district is sizable and could sway Tuesday's election. "There are around 100,000 Latinos in the district, of whom 40,000 are registered voters, including 27,000 Democrats, according to U.S. Census data and voter registration data," City Hall News reported recently. "For context, there are approximately 33,000 registered Jewish Democrats in the district."

A poll released Sunday night by the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling showed that a plurality of voters in the district oppose same-sex marriage--45% say it should be illegal, 41% say legal, and 14% aren't sure. While 29% of all likely voters in the district said the issue of same-sex marriage is "very important" in "deciding who to vote for for Congress," 38% of Hispanic voters said the issue is "very important" to them. 

Overall, the PPP poll showed Turner leading Weprin 47% to 41%.

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