Archive for November 1st, 2009

Wasn’t it only yesterday that Scozzafava said:

“I believe in lower taxes, less government regulation. . . . I believe in all those core principles of the Republican Party. I believe in the First Amendment of the Constitution, the Second Amendment of the Constitution, all the amendments.”

“People don’t know who I am. My background and my record has been totally lied about.”

Obviously, conservative-libertarian Republicans were right about Scozzafava. She’s out of the closet, shed her skin, and revealed the inner Democrat she’s always been.

Incidentally, Scozzafava was right to say “they” lied about her background and record. Of course, the they she references are the Republicrats who supported and endorsed her.

I.M. Kane


GOP nominee endorses Democrat after stepping aside under pressure from right

By Tony Romm

The Republican in a New York House race that has become a symbol of the divisions within the GOP endorsed her former Democratic rival Sunday, a sharp snub to the third-party conservative who forced her out of the race.

Dede Scozzafava, who’d been chosen by local Republican leaders to try to hold the seat for the GOP, instead threw her support behind Democrat Bill Owens — only a day after she unexpectedly backed out of the tough, three-way special election.[emphasis mine]

Ultimately, her decision not to back Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman in the contest to fill former Rep. John McHugh’s open seat is likely to enrage party leaders, who rallied around Hoffman almost immediately after Scozzafava announced her campaign suspension.

“You know me, and throughout my career, I have been always been an independent voice for the people I represent. I have stood for our honest principles, and a truthful discussion of the issues, even when it cost me personally and politically,” she said in a statement released Sunday afternoon.

“It is in this spirit that I am writing to let you know I am supporting Bill Owens for Congress and urge you to do the same,” Scozzafava added. “It’s not in the cards for me to be your representative, but I strongly believe Bill is the only candidate who can build upon John McHugh’s lasting legacy in the U.S. Congress.”

Scozzafava’s late nod to Owens could spell trouble for Hoffman, who is statistically deadlocked with his Democratic opponent in recent polls. The New York assemblywoman is considerably more moderate than Hoffman — and presumably, some of her supporters are too — so the possibility that many of her prospective voters could gravitate toward Owens on Tuesday is not totally unfathomable.

Nevertheless, Scozzafava’s decision on Sunday is bound to infuriate Republicans, many of whom announced within hours of her suspension that they backed Hoffman and hoped soon to welcome him into their caucus. The Republican National Committee, the National Republican Congressional Committee and a host of party leaders urged their members to do the same, in part to defeat the growing meme that Republicans were warring among themselves about the NY-23 race.

Scozzafava, however, stressed on Sunday that her endorsement was about her district’s well being, not her party’s appearance. She urged supporters to head to the polls on Tuesday to support Owens because he, more than Hoffman, could best represent Watertown’s interests.

“In Bill Owens, I see a sense of duty and integrity that will guide him beyond political partisanship. He will be and independent voice devoted to doing what is right for New York,” she said. “Bill understands this district and its people, and when he represents us in Congress he will put our interests first.”

After learning of the endorsement, Owens thanked Scozzafava and praised her for her work in public service.

“I am honored to have Assemblywoman Scozzafava’s endorsement. Over the course of her career, Dede has always committed to serving the people of Upstate New York before serving a partisan agenda,” Owens said. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for what she’s accomplished. We share a commitment to finding common sense solutions to address the challenges we’re facing here in Upstate New York.”

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Reagan Conservatives Win a Skirmish in the Battle for the GOP

By Jerry A. Kane

New York’s 23rd district has become symbolic of the struggle within the Republican Party between Reagan conservatives and the left-leaning RINO establishment. The special election to fill Congressman John McHugh’s seat is the only open congressional seat in this off-year election.

“This is entirely a battle over the definition and winning formula for Republican candidates going into the midterm elections of 2010 and beyond,” GOP strategist Paul Erickson said.

Dede Scozzafava has withdrawn from the congressional race in the 23rd district only three days out from Tuesday’s election. Scozzafava’s exit represents a solid win for Reagan conservatives in their attempt to establish a core identify for the Republican Party to rebound after losing control of the White House and both branches of Congress to leftist progressive Democrats.

The sudden shift to a two-man race in New York’s 23rd district is the “bat-signal” for Reagan conservative candidates nationwide to offer primary challenges to RINO (Republican in name only) candidates who go-along-to-get-along and further the Democrats’ progressive agenda.

“The grass roots of the conservative movement just claimed a scalp before anyone even voted. The conservative movement is alive, well, kicking hindquarters and taking names. And if you don’t measure up, look out,” said Mark McKinnon, former senior adviser to President George W. Bush and Senator John McCain.

For weeks, conservatives have relentlessly attacked Scozzafava for her left-wing positions on homosexual marriage and taxpayer-funded abortion as well as her support for Brother O’s stimulus bill and big labor’s Card Check. Her withdrawal draws attention to the power of the grassroots conservative-libertarian movement that has risen in opposition to Brother O’s socialist agenda and the Republican Party’s out-of-touch leadership.

Prominent Republicans, including former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, former Senators Fred Thompson and Rick Santorum, and former House Republican leader Dick Armey stood against the party establishment and endorsed Conservative candidate Doug Hoffman.

A Siena College poll released Saturday revealed the “hand writing on the wall.” Scozzafava’s support had dwindled to a paltry 20 percent among likely voters, while Hoffman’s had risen to 36 percent, and the Democrat Bill Owens’ was at 35 percent.

Although she failed to officially endorse Hoffman, Scozzafava did release her supporters to vote “as they see fit.” And with her announcement, the Republican National Committee (RNC) awakened and quickly shifted support to Hoffman.

Scozzafava’s departure was welcome news for the Hoffman campaign, but not so welcome news for the Democrats. They had hoped for a three-way race where Owens could win a plurality of votes in the solidly Republican district.

“[T]he one constant factor at play—both locally and nationally—has been that independent voters continue to peel away from the Democrats and gravitate toward the right,” said Ken Spain, a spokesman for the National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC).

Reagan conservatives are now looking to Florida’s open Senate seat for 2010, in which the Republican Party establishment has endorsed the state’s left-leaning governor, but conservative Marco Rubio is gaining momentum.

“If I were Charlie Crist in Florida, what’s happening in New York 23 would make me extremely nervous. A lot of the establishment Republicans underestimated the grass-roots anger across the country about spending and the expansion of the federal government. The anger is boiling over now, but a lot of the seeds of discontent were planted over the last five to six years,” said Todd Harris, GOP strategist.

The “principle over party” idea, embodied by Sarah Palin, Joe the Plumber, Tea Partiers, and town hall protesters, has inspired Americans such as Pam Murray Wojtowicz, a new member of the Saratoga Springs City Council, to get involved in the Hoffman campaign and take back control of her party.

“I’m a Ronald Reagan Republican, and we don’t need another wishy-washy, let’s-be-like-the-Democrats candidate,” Wojtowicz said.

Wojtowicz plainly sums up what’s transpiring in New York’s 23rd district and in the Republican Party. 

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