Rep. Michael Arcuri and Richard Hanna came out yesterday in opposition to the so-called "Ground Zero Mosque", which is more of a Muslim community center (a mosque is part of the plans) and would be two blocks away from the Ground Zero site.
The positions by both men appear to be in line with popular opinion, but it also could hurt them with their respective supporters.
Arcuri's problem is that taking this position surely won't be good for his relations with the progressive wing of the Democratic Party still upset with his health care vote and past positions not in line with theirs.
In a statement, Arcuri explained his views.
"I do not support the mosque near Ground Zero," Arcuri said. "As District Attorney, I spent my career protecting victims rights and to me, this is no different. The pain felt by many American's from the September 11th terrorist attacks is still very real and I can understand how the thought of building a mosque near Ground Zero could reopen those wounds. For the sake of the victims and their families, I think another location should be chosen."
For Hanna, the problem is he was for the "Ground Zero Mosque" before he was against it. It was only last week when Hanna expressed support for the project.
As someone covering this race, this isn't the first time I have seen Hanna flip on an issue. At the Cayuga County Conservative Party's endorsement meeting, Hanna said he was pro-choice and anti-abortion in a 90-second time period when quizzed on his abortion position.
So while Arcuri and Hanna are on the right side of this issue, both have plenty of questions to face about this. Arcuri will face questions from the left about his views and Hanna will be asked why he flip-flopped on the issue, which will have conservative Republicans asking where he truly stands on an issue they have pushed as a rallying cry heading into the fall.