Mark Kirk’s donors help pass gay marriage in New York, is Illinois next?

By CATHY SANTOS • June 26, 2011

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Some of the Republican Party’s top donors were the driving force behind this weekend’s passage of the gay marriage bill in New York. It seems liberals have no problem with the influence of Wall Street cash as long it’s used to advance their agenda.

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As reported by The New York Times, Daniel Loeb, Paul Singer and Cliff Asness – three of the richest Republican donors – possessed the “influence and the money to insulate nervous senators from conservative backlash if they supported the marriage measure.”
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In the end, money and influence trumped conservative principles, and late Friday night four Republican State Senators broke ranks and voted with the liberal Democrats to legalize gay marriage in New York.

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Is Illinois next? You bet.

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The money men behind New York’s gay marriage push have already put their guy in place in Illinois. Daniel Loeb, Paul Singer and Cliff Asness were among Mark Kirk’s largest contributors during last year’s Illinois Senatorial campaign.

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New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, another driving force behind legalizing gay marriage, hosted a fundraiser in his home last June to help fill Mark Kirk’s campaign coffers.

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And their investment has paid off. Mark Kirk, who is widely assumed to be gay himself, is not only the highest ranking Republican in Illinois, he is the undisputed head of State GOP. The New York Republican fat cats didn’t do it alone – they have plenty of help in Illinois. It is no secret that we have more than our share of businessmen who have more money than sense.

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In 2010, gay advocates didn’t just win the blue ribbon with Mark Kirk. When Judy Baar Topinka and Dan Rutherford are added to the mix, it was a gay agenda trifecta win.

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State GOP Chair Pat Brady isn’t going to stand in the way of the those advocating the gay agenda. In fact, he is one of their strongest assets. Or maybe “enabler” is a better word.

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When legislation legalizing civil unions in Illinois passed last year with help from six Republican State Representatives, Pat Brady didn’t say a peep. And that’s exactly what Mark Kirk’s people wanted when they put Pat Brady in the State Chair seat.

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Mark Kirk wouldn’t have prevailed in the 2010 Republican Primary without the State Party Chairman standing by his side and top Republican donors scaring away any credible competition.

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Conservatives remain the sole roadblock to gay marriage in Illinois. And in 2010, the strategy of convincing enough of them to put their principles aside to support candidates like Mark Kirk, Judy Baar Topinka, and Dan Rutherford worked like a charm.

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Similar “private meetings” with conservatives as described last month by The New York Times started last year in Illinois. After Pat Brady’s private meeting with conservative money guy Jack Roeser last year, Roeser agreed to remove the truth about Mark Kirk”s liberal, pro-gay voting record from his blog. Roeser has provided further aid and comfort to the Log Cabin wing by throwing heaps of money at the Mark Kirk controlled Illinois Republican Party.

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Seen as a big win for the pro-gay/pro-abortion wing of the State GOP, they flaunted their achievement in the press.

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Getting Roeser’s wealth redirected towards funding pro-gay candidates like Mark Kirk is an example of just how serious gay marriage advocates are about advancing their agenda. It also demonstrates how close the Left is to achieving total victory. Conservatives are not only being convinced to betray their principles and destroy their reputations – some like Jack Roeser are even paying for the privilege of taking themselves out of the game. It’s both incredible and sad.

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If conservatives can be duped into supporting Mark Kirk (who as a Congressman voted to continue the heinous procedure known as partial birth abortion), getting them to back down on their opposition to gay marriage is sure to be a cinch.

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Cathy Santos is a Republican political consultant.

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