Gay GOP candidate faces struggle in N.Y.

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imageOpenly gay state Senate hopeful John Chromczak knows about intolerance – he’s a Republican running in New York City.

Chromczak is believed to be the GOP’s first openly gay candidate for state Senate.

“[Being gay] doesn’t have that much of a shock value because we are becoming assimilated into society,” Chromczak said.

Chromczak, 38, is running for a seat in the heavily Democratic 25th Senate District, which stretches from lower Manhattan into Brooklyn.

His candidacy has attracted support from state Republicans and some gay rights advocates.

“We’re excited,” said Jeff Cook, legislative adviser to the Log Cabin Republicans, a group that supports gay rights.

Cook said electing Chromczak is top priority and the group will dedicate a portion of the money raised at a fund-raiser tonight to his campaign.

Read the full story from the New York Daily News.

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