Gay political strategists have a warning to the eight New York Senate Democrats who helped to derail last week's marriage equality vote: There will be a "bloodbath" and the number one target is freshman Queens Sen. Joseph Addabbo, reports the Daily News
After spending more than $1 million to help the Democrats retake the chamber for the first time in decades, powerful gay activists and donors say they'll support challengers against anti-gay-marriage senators in 2010. "It's going to be a bloodbath," one gay operative predicted. "We're going to use every single weapon in our quiver to take these people out. We either need to replace them or scare the hell out of them so they do the right thing. ... The community is apoplectic ... and the commitment to building the Democratic majority is over," the operative added. "We won't make the same mistake twice." [M]ost of the rage is focused on the Democrats, particularly the eight senators who joined the GOP in voting "no." Of the eight, freshman Queens Sen. Joe Addabbo is target No. 1. Also in the advocates' crosshairs: Sens. Shirley Huntley and George Onorato, both of Queens, and Sen. Bill Stachowski of Buffalo. Huntley survived a primary challenge from former Councilman Allan Jennings last year. So far, no one has formally come forward to take her on in 2010.
And there are potential problems for another Democratic senator who voted against marriage: Hiram Monserrate. The Queens Democrat, who was a surprise "no" vote, is facing possible expulsion by his colleagues for viciously assaulting his girlfriend. Monserrate already has a primary challenger, Assemblyman Jose Peralta, who is backed by party leaders and has previously voted for gay marriage.