The president of the party, Ralph C. Lorigo, explained that he lost trust in the Senator Grisanti following his vote for gay marriage last year and specified that the choice of Swanick "is not a fall-in-line Democrat."
"Swanick will vote his conscience. He’s made a commitment to us that on our issues, on our values, he will vote his conscience," he added, which just means he will have to follow what the party will say.
According to The New York Times, it remains to be seen what impact this will have on the re-election chances of Mr. Grisanti, a freshman senator who won a close election two years ago.
A top adviser to the Grisanti campaign said he expected the senator to get the support of the county’s Independence Party, which could make up for the Conservative votes he would lose. Not having the Conservative backing may also help his crossover appeal with Democrats, said the adviser, who spoke on the condition of anonymity so he could discuss the topic candidly.