New York State Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr., the rabidly gay-obsessive Bronx Pentecostal minister, has blamed New York Gov. David A. Paterson's faltering re-election bid on his "staunch" support for the gay community and marriage equality. Diaz issued a press release and asked, "Where is the gay community now that the Governor needs them?"
“The Governor went out on a limb for the gay community in his efforts to support marriage equality and to bring that bill to the Senate floor, even though he knew it did not have sufficient votes to pass and that thousands of people in New York State did not want it and will not support him for election because of that issue,” remarked Senator Díaz. “Where is the gay community now that the Governor needs them?” Senator Díaz wondered.
“I remember back on Sunday May 17, 2009, I organized a demonstration of tens of thousands people in front of Governor David Paterson’s Manhattan office to protest his staunch support for gay marriage and the Governor stood by the gay community and didn’t waver. I am not endorsing Governor Paterson but I admire his commitment to those whom he believes are his friends. My father used to say in Puerto Rico ‘My friends are my friends with their virtues and flaws’,” said Senator Díaz.
Paterson announced his longshot re-election campaign on Saturday. In a new Sienna Poll of Democratic voters, Paterson trails Attorney General Andrew Cuomo 22 percent to 64 percent. In a poll of all voters, Paterson trails Republican Rick Lazio, 39 percent to 46 percent.