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McDonald bows out of race, vows to support Marchione

State Sen. Roy McDonald, R-Saratoga, greets supporters at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs on primary night, Sept. 13.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
State Sen. Roy McDonald, R-Saratoga, greets supporters at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs on primary night, Sept. 13.
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State Sen. Roy McDonald will not actively compete as a third-party candidate in the 43rd Senate District. After a few days of significant reflection, following the revelation on Monday that Saratoga County Clerk Kathy Marchione had essentially won the Republican nomination, McDonald sent out a lengthy email Thursday morning explaining he wouldn't be campaigning as the Independence candidate> he did not explain his decision to bow out of the race. His spokesman did not respond ...

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September 27, 2012
2:43 p.m.

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Thank you, Senator McDonald, for all your tireless advocacy for your constituents, and for raising awareness, funds and support for Autism and the Developmentally Disabled community. I applaud your vote for gay marriage, and although it probably played a part in you losing your seat, it showed me the amount of courage you showed in making that vote, despite the numerous calls to do otherwise. Kudos to you for taking a stand and not backing down.

September 27, 2012
8:02 p.m.

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I'll bet Gov. Cuomo is looking at Roy to get some appointed position in his administration.

September 27, 2012
9:26 p.m.

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Great job Roy!
You always had my family's support to the bitter end.

Shame on Kathy-M and the machine for disrespecting you and tarnishing your record considering all the good works you've done over all these years.

We owe you a lot.
You have our gratitude and thanks for a job well done.
I've been told that those in my close family circle will be hard-pressed to vote GOP in the general election.

The Grand Pooh-bahs now running (ruining) our grand old party are proving themselves to be an intolerant bunch casting themselves into the dustbin of history. Not me. Not you.

Too bad there are no more old Rockefeller type Republicans left. Those of a fiscally conservative but socially responsible mind set are no longer tolerated. The democrats are becoming the old Rocky-Republicans (ha-ha-ha).

As for the GOP?