Desperate much? New York State Sen. Shirley Huntley—one of eight shameful Democrats who voted against marriage equality when it was defeated in the Senate 38-24 last December—blames (alleged) recent death threats on LGBT activists.
In a mailing to constituents in her Queens district, the embattled state senator links gays and marriage equality supporters to the bouquet of flowers with the message "Rest in Peace" she received on August 10, reports the New York Daily News.
At that time], Huntley said she had no idea who might be making the threat. But some blame seems to be assigned in this latest mailer, which is marked "Shirley Huntley for New York State Senate". It says, among other things: "There are forces that have invaded our community who: Have threatened Shirley Huntley, our hardworking state Senator; Have contributed more than $100,000 from outside the district to her opponent; Care about one issue only -- gay marriage."
Huntley famously boasted she "wouldn't take a million dollars" to vote for marriage equality. Huntley and rabid gay-basher Ruben Diaz Sr. were the only two Black senators to vote against marriage last December. Pro-equality Lynn Nunes is challenging the two-term, 72-year-old senator in the September 14 Democratic primary. Nunes racking up considerable support and more cash than the incumbent.
“Marriage equality is an issue where I stand on, but in the grand scheme of things it shouldn’t be the dialogue we’re having with the residents,” Nunes tells the Leader-Observer. "I think my opponent is using that as a tool to hurt this campaign."
Last March, disgraced former New York Senator Hiram Monserrate ramped up the anti-gay rhetoric in his special election against challenger Assemblyman Jose Peralta. Churches in Monserrate's former Queens district also distributed despicable gay-baiting flyers. That didn't work out so well for Monserrate.