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HRC National Field Director Hits the Streets for Brian Foley

The following post comes from  National Field Director Marty Rouse. Marty has worked with organizers all over the nation this election season, leading the 30 HRC staff that will be on the ground in 16 states by Election Day, working with HRC-endorsed candidates and engaging our membership about the upcoming elections:

I was born and raised on Long Island.  My parents still live there. In fact, they live in Brian Foley's state Senate District. He is the most vulnerable senator up for re-election who voted for the marriage bill last year  (the bill which passed the Assembly, but fell short in the Senate by eight votes). While we have several great opportunities to pick-up seats, we could very well lose Brian Foley; the race is a toss-up.  While over $1 million will ultimately end up being spent in this top-tier race, it is the face-to-face contact with voters in the final days leading up to Election Day that have the best chance of winning over the remaining undecided voters. There is nothing more empowering in our democracy than talking face-to-face with voters in a tight race. 

While polls show this race to be close, I learned that with only nine days until Election Day, many voters are still undecided. I spent time talking at the homes of several undecided voters. While I left each with no commitment, each voter expressed sincere gratitude for our efforts to speak directly at their doorstep. This race could very well determine the future of marriage equality in New York.  If you want to volunteer on this or another key NY state Senate race, please contact

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