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Conservative Estimate: Lambert Made It

Last week, you read here about an effort launched by Kitty Lambert of OUTSpoken for Equality and Blossom OUT to mount something a of a takeover of the local Conservative Party, by convincing LGBT voters and their straight allies to register as Conservatives by October 14. (That’s the deadline by which voters must register if they want to participate in their party’s primary next year.) Lambert says the purpose of the campaign is to provide a ballot line for State Senator Mark Grisanti, one of four Republicans to vote in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage in New York.

Lambert says her goal was to bring 300 new faux Conservatives into the party—enough to substantially influence a primary. On Wednesday, lambert told us she believed she’d reached, and possibly exceeded, that goal, and that the new registrations would be delivered to the Erie County Board of Elections by Friday.

“We did so much better than we thought we would do,” she says. “The ultimate goal is to keep Grisanti in office.”

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