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Governor Cuomo has crossed party lines and offered a political endorsement to Republican Senator Roy McDonald, who lost a primary this month after voting to support same-sex marriage.

In a letter released by his staff, Cuomo tells state Sen. McDonald that it's "evident" McDonald "paid a price" for his convictions when the senator agreed to be one of four Republican votes needed to pass New York's same-sex marriage bill. The governor laments what he says is the "disproportionate power of the political extremists," and writes to McDonald "you should not be left to stand alone now."

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Karen DeWitt
NYS Capitol Correspondent

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Cuomo says if McDonald decides to run on the Independence line, where he is still on the ballot,  then he would have the governor's "full endorsement."

Cuomo admits he doesn’t know if a candidacy on the Independence line would be “even viable”. McDonald would face Republican primary winner Kathy Marchione, who is backed by the local GOP, and Democrat Robin Andrews. McDonald is facing pressure from Republicans to drop out. He says he has not yet decided what he will do.

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