NEW YORK — Elements of Queens and Lengthy Island are making political historical past even earlier than.
For the primary time in U.S. historical past, two overtly homosexual candidates are going through off in a Basic Election for Congress, hoping to take over Democrat Tom Suozzi’s previous seat in District 3.
As CBS2’s John Dias stories, the candidates are removed from the identical particular person.
Mainstream Democrat Robert Zimmerman and conservative Republican George Santos are polar opposites. One of many solely issues they might have in frequent is that they are each homosexual.
However based mostly on their age, they seemingly mirror in a different way on that too.
“Rising up, I by no means dreamed we’d have a member of the LGBTQ+ neighborhood representing Lengthy Island or Queens in Congress,” Zimmerman advised Dias.
“It simply reveals this nation is an equal alternative for everybody,” Santos stated.
Santos does not have former President Donald Trump’s endorsement however helps him and proudly admits Trump is a part of the rationale why he is operating for Congress and went to the “Cease the Steal” rally on Jan. 6.
“That was probably the most wonderful crowd, and the president was at his full awesomeness that day,” he stated in an interview
Santos is towards abortion and helps the so-called “Do not say homosexual invoice” for training in Florida. Zimmerman is for abortion and adamantly towards the Florida invoice.
As polarizing because the candidates could also be, on the subject of insurance policies, they do strongly agree on at the least one factor — marriage equality and ensuring it isn’t reversed.
“It isn’t going to occur on my watch. I’ve fought these fights and I’m not going to see one other era endure that once more,” stated Zimmerman.
Just lately, Supreme Court docket Justice Clarence Thomas stated marriage equality must be reconsidered when Roe v. Wade was overturned. However these candidates see the severity of that opinion, in reverse methods.
“It’s powerfully impactful,” Zimmerman stated.
“It’s nothing greater than a authorized essay,” stated Santos.
Insurance policies apart, the illustration on this election is historic. By no means have two members of the LGBTQ neighborhood run towards each other within the Basic Election for Congress.
“I feel having these two males within the historic race is transformative for the lives of younger LGBT youngsters within the district,” LGBTQ Victory Fund President Annise Parker advised Dias.
Nevertheless, David Belsky, CEO of the strategic communication agency Good Insurrection, says a query that also stays is whether or not illustration will truly translate into outcomes, particularly for Santos.
“Positively takes plenty of guts to be an LGBT man within the Republican occasion. However I’d say it takes much more guts as an LGBT man within the Republican occasion to face as much as different folks within the occasion which are making the selections that damage others in your neighborhood,” he stated.
It is going to be as much as Lengthy Island and Queens voters to resolve on Nov. 8.