The Most Anti-Gay Piece Of Political Mail This Year

There is still time, but this mailer — first reported by Politico and prepared in the name of “The Committee To Save The Erie County Republican Party” in New York (but never sent) — has set a mighty low bar. Republican state Sen. Mark Grisanti voted for the state’s marriage equality bill in 2011 and faces a primary challenge from Kevin Stocker on Thursday. [UPDATED.]

UPDATE: Buffalo-area bloggers and writers have been commenting about the anti-Grisanti machinations of “The Committee to Save the Eric County Republican Party” for a few months now, with multiple people connecting the “committee” to Matthew Ricchiazzi, a Cornell University graduate who ran a failed campaign for Buffalo mayor. One post refers to his “bizarro politics” while another in August mentioned “the pornographic mailer” he was preparing.

BuzzFeed has reached out to Ricchiazzi, asking if he was responsible for developing the mailer and if the prepared mailer was actually sent to homes in Grisanti’s district. He did not immediately respond to email or Facebook messages seeking comment.

Back in August, two writers tweeted about the committee:

@Pauldub you mean “Matt Ricchiazzi’s one-man band”?— Alan Bedenko

@Pauldub the stuff he’s up to is beyond dirty.— Alan Bedenko

UPDATE II: In a public letter announcing the end of his failed mayoral run, Ricciazzi identified as bisexual.

UPDATE III: Alan Bedenko, cited above, writes for ArtVoice and tweeted that the prepared mailer never actually was sent. He added that the basis of Ricchiazzi’s animus toward Grisanti resulted from this series of incidents.

UPDATE IV: As speculated, the photographs are stills from gay porn company Corbin Fisher, as reported at The Sword.

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Chris Geidner is the legal editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, D.C. In 2014, Geidner won the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association award for journalist of the year.
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