Grisanti In A New Political Fight

February 25, 2012 Updated Feb 25, 2012 at 11:23 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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February 25, 2012 Updated Feb 25, 2012 at 11:23 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. ( WKBW ) No charges will be filed against anyone who took part in a fight at the Seneca Niagara Casino several weeks ago, including New York State Senator Mark Grisanti.

Now, with one fight behind him, the first term politician is getting ready for another fight...re-election.

The Erie County Conservative Party has dumped Republican State Senator Mark Grisanti, instead giving their endorsement to a Democrat, Charles Swanick, a former Erie County Legislator.

Conservatives say Grisanti betrayed them.

Chairman of the Erie County Conservative Party Ralph Lorigo told Eyewitness News, "He told us and committed to us that he would be for traditional marriage. Only five months after being elected in 2010, Mark Grisanti votes the other way."

Lorigo went on to add, "My people felt betrayed and offended."

It is a major political blow for Grisanti, losing the minor party line could lose him re-election.

Republican strategist Michael Caputo said, "Now Mark Grisanti has an uphill battle. It is still one he can win, however. The Niagara County Conservatives have said they're going to send registered conservatives into Erie County to collect petitions in order to put Senator Grisanti on the conservative ballot."

Which would force a conservative primary.

This is all happening while Grisanti learns that no one will be charged in the February 10th brawl at the Seneca Niagara Casino involving the Senator and his wife.

In response, the Senator issued a statement that read, "I disagree with the decision. However, I respect the judicial and legal process."

Democrats believe the incident, in which Grisanti has now been cleared of any wrongdoing, still leaves him somewhat bruised and vulnerable.

Erie County Democratic Party Chairman Len Lenihan told Eyewitness News, "It makes it more likely that Democrats have an even better shot of winning this seat. It could tip the scales in our favor."

Eyewitness News Political Analyst Bob Davis will continue to follow this story on Channel 7.