Republicans continue to be confounded by State Rep. Ron Sandack's sudden change of position on same sex marriage; and some are increasingly wondering if the legislator's word can be trusted.
Sandack recently wrote a constituent that he was disregarding his campaign promise to oppose gay marriage and would be voting in favor of marriage redefinition, despite his position stated on a pre-election questionnaire from the Illinois Family Institute, in which he publicly opposed civil unions and supported a constitutional amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman.
Prior to his election last year, the state representative reiterated that position to the Daily Herald. When asked by the newspaper if he thought gay marriage should be legalized in Illinois, Sandack answered: "I do not favor moving beyond civil unions and know most people in my district agree."
Several well-known Republicans told Illinois Review that despite one's position on same sex marriage, the fact that Sandack seems "comfortable breaking campaign pledges" makes them to wonder how definitive his word is, and has them "concerned about his reliability" when it comes to votes on pension reform, budgets, and other critical legislative issues facing the General Assembly.