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Scozzafava Quits NY Race For Hoffman

From the Associated Press:

Republican in NY House race suspends campaign

ALBANY, N.Y. — Republican Dierdre Scozzafava has suspended her campaign for the New York House and is encouraging supporters to embrace Conservative Party nominee Doug Hoffman.

Campaign spokesman Matt Burns says she thinks dropping out of the 23rd Congressional District race is in the best interests of the party.

The announcement comes after a Siena College poll found she was in third place with 20 percent of the vote in the heavily Republican district, while Hoffman and Democratic nominee Bill Owens were too close to call with 35 percent and 36 percent, respectively…

To paraphrase Mr. Shakespeare in the ‘Scottish Play,’ nothing became Ms. Scozzafava’s campaign like the leaving it.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, October 31st, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

31 Responses to “Scozzafava Quits NY Race For Hoffman”

  1. proreason says:

    Palin, Mark Levin, Rick Santorum, Beck, many others.

    People with the courage of their convictions.

    Pray now that Hoffman wins.

    (add Pawlenty to the list, even though he acted after Sarah.)

  2. OIF_VET says:

    What a noble and unexpected turn of events.

  3. Laree says:

    What a noble and unexpected turn of events.

    In her concession speech she said she didn’t have enough MONEY to continue she was being out spent. She didn’t have a problem splitting the vote and letting the Democrat win. She just couldn’t leverage it. Noble?

  4. Can I get a … YIPPEEE!!!

  5. joeblough says:

    I’d call it grounds for mild hope.

    We’ve still got 50 states and god knows how many congressional districts to go.

    But we just might pull it off.

    To think what might happen if we could displace the reflexive compromisers, conformers and political careerists with men and women of principle!

  6. VMAN says:

    Where was Michael Steele in all this?

  7. Liberals Demise says:

    Conservative ticket

    You (R) had better take notice and heed the writings on the wall, boys and girls!!

    You and the (D) have sold the Real Americans out.
    Lock, stock and barrel.
    You all can go back to ambulance chasing or robbing widows of their fortune because you suck guarding the bastion of “Freedom”.

    “YOU ARE FIRED”

  8. pdsand says:

    Yeah. We’ve been saying this for weeks. Why did it take a Sienna College poll to flip the switch? Why couldn’t the first mention of the fact that Ms. Scozzafava was a radical leftist/Republican have caused this turn of events?

    • Tater Salad says:

      I do believe that New York polictics and the way they chose the candidates need to be “re-vamped”. It sure looks as if this woman was a Democratic plant since she supported Acorn and various liberal agenda’s that backed “entitlement programs” without working. Basically, blood suckers!

    • proreason says:

      there are rumors this morning that she is going to endorse the democrat.

      wouldn’t THAT be interesting.

  9. wardmama4 says:

    You know what I think has turned? The fact that too many voted for Obama with really good intentions (believed him, thought he would end racial tension, thought a new young politico would be different) and have seen the light that instead of being truthful, being a worse race baiter/divider than thought possible and not only not a new young politico but actually the epitome of the worst aspects of politics possible all wrapped up into one arrogant, narcissistic, brain dead, empty suit package – that he indeed intends to destroy America to make his legacy.

    And when We The People started rising up when one too many earmark, pork laden bills that were essentially hidden bs, deficit exploding and absolutely not able (ever) to ‘fix’ the problem addressed – more and more people have come closer to understanding that something must be done to stop this mess we created by years of ‘get along to go along’ politics – before it’s too late.

    Gingrich, Steele, McAmnesty and even the GOP aren’t off the ropes yet – as they sold us down this river and must do much much more to re-earn our trust – if they ever can.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      If?
      If?

      They crossed and burned that bridge long ago in my book.
      The GOP has lost any backbone they EVER had and I’m damn tired of reaching across the aisle only to have our backs stabbed by a smiling liberal.

      “Damn them all”

  10. Melly says:

    As a true RINO; she just endorsed the Democrat.

  11. Melly says:

    As a true RINO, she just endorsed the Democrat.

    • Confucius says:

      How much Republican money did the NRCC give Democrat Bill Owens by way of Scozzofava?

      What a bunch of dumb asses.

  12. U NO HOO says:

    Newt Gingrich, are you reading this?

    • Confucius says:

      Don’t forget Congressman Peter King and NRCC chairman Michael Steele.

      And what about that sorry-assed hick, Mike Huckabee, and that equally sorry-assed triangulator, Mitt Romney?

  13. BillK says:

    For those who didn’t hear the news behind Melly’s comment above:

    Republican Scozzafava Endorses Democrat After Exiting N.Y. Congressional Race

    Republican Dede Scozzafava endorsed her former Democratic opponent Sunday in the race for an upstate New York congressional seat, shaking up the contest for the second day in a row after exiting the race Saturday.

    Scozzafava dropped out after Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman experienced a late-in-the-game surge. The move was expected to consolidate GOP voters behind Hoffman on Tuesday.

    But on Sunday, Scozzafava issued a written statement in which she backed Democrat Bill Owens.

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

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/11/01/scozzafava-endorses-democrat-dropping-ny-congressional-race/

  14. Enthalpy says:

    RINOs would sell their mother on the street corner if they could get $20.00. Dierdre Scozzafava, or Arlen Specter lite, has been exposed to the National stage at just the right time (I hope). Winning means little if principle isn’t involved in it. With any luck, this should put the last nail in Gingrich’s coffin.

  15. jrmcdonald says:

    Libtards can’t sell what their mama gives away for free…

  16. proreason says:

    There has been a lot of Newt bashing on other blogs because of his support of the libwit rino.

    Personally, I think that is a big mistake.

    Newt ain’t perfect and he called this one wrong. It may have bumped him out of the top-contenders list for 2012, probably with justification.

    But he is still one of the best conservatives we have and certainly one of the ones who is best at handling the press.

    We need him.

    And I hope he is able to gracefully explain today why he now believes his call was bad.

    • ilzito guacamolito says:

      I don’t think I could take Newt seriously ever again. The Scozzafava ‘mistake’ was his third strike.
      First, he played nice with San Fran Nan about global warming all while shouting “Drill here, drill now!”.
      Then he basically told Reagan conservatives that we were dinosaurs. He told us that we have to get with the program, because we won’t attract anyone if we are too conservative. He does this all the while misrepresenting Reagan’s (really Atwater’s) ‘big tent’. Reagan/Atwater never meant for us to change our principles to attract others to the party. We would welcome them and their ideas – some good, some bad – then do what is right.

    • proreason says:

      You know what.

      If you can’t include people like Newt in your party, you have no chance of winning nationally again, ever. Do you think for a nano-second that Reagan would have rejected Newt?

      There may not be a more conservative person who posts here than myself, but I don’t expect everybody to agree with everything I say, and I certainly don’t expect to agree with everything anybody else says.

      There are plenty of pseudo-conservatives out there that merit disdain. David Brooks, David Frum, lots of politicians, maybe Peggy Noonan, maybe AllahPundit on HotAir, maybe some of the contributors to NRO.

      But if you can’t let NEWT in your party, the man who hatched the Contract with America and who has long been the most articulate spokesman for conservative values, then it is hard to imagine there is any hope for that party.

      I’ve read the comments on Newt’s web-site, and my conclusion is that some of those people are as nuts as the libwits. Suicide isn’t sane, imho. I haven’t heard anybody here go that far, by the way.

      But as I read the comments here about his personal life and I hear the complaints of the excellent posters here. Is it possible for you to imagine that he might be trying to make conservative palatable to enough people to interest them into listening to the whole set of ideas? And is it possible to understand that a person who has been a Republican for decades might be fooled by his party about a couple of candidates? I wish he hadn’t been, and maybe he is stretched where I would not have stretched, but geez.

      Geez.

    • ilzito guacamolito says:

      I am sorry you misunderstood my post. I never said I wouldn’t “allow Newt into my party”. I merely questioned his judgment regarding a few positions he has taken of late. I guess I expected better of someone who has been a solid conservative and hoping to seek the highest office in the land in 2012. A little fact checking should have given him pause concerning Dede Scozzafava.
      I also wouldn’t characterize my feelings towards Newt as disdain. It is more disappointment.
      Unfortunately I have voted for GOP candidates that do not represent my principles entirely, because the alternative is completely unacceptable. However, in this case I believe that the GOP candidate the unacceptable one and something had to be done to keep her from office. As co-owner of a small business the thought of having a Republican in Congress willing to vote for cap-and-trade and card check gives me the chills.

    • proreason says:

      ilzito, “third strike” sounded definitive to me, but your follow-up probably better fits your true feelings.

      As I’ve said, I also am disappointed in Newt for several things he has done lately. Kind of like every single one of my relatives and friends.

      The reason I’m makin the point here as forcefully as I am is that there is one thing that bothers me a lot about the danger of shutting Newt down. He is the single best conservative in the country at handling the libwit press. And I hate to lose that power.

      If Palin had Newt’s aplomb with the media, McCain would have won in 2008 and / or she would be a shoe-in for the Presidency in 2012.

      BTW, here is my out-of-the-box idea for a winning ticket in 2012…..TWO WOMEN. Pick any two from Palin, Michelle Bachman, and Liz Cheney.

      That could be a game-changer.

  17. Enthalpy says:

    We may need his support and votes, but not his voice necessarily. He was especially critical of Rush’s comments wishing for Obama’s “failure.” Well, we would have all benefited from the President’s failure to implement his authoritarian model of governance. There is no doubt that Newt is extremely articulate; he does handle the press well, but I think part of that is the fact that the press sees Newt somewhat like they see McCain.

    I, too, hope that Newt can provide a justification for his support of a Specter wannabe. We do need all of the help we can get.

    • proreason says:

      If he descends into McCainism, then I would agree with you. But I don’t rate this faux pas or the others I’m aware of at near the level to merit throwing Newt overboard.

      I confess I didn’t listen to his explanations about his decision to support Scuzzy. I need to go find them.

      The other thing that is unfortunately in play here is that Hoffman is so untelegenic.

      Nobody I’ve heard has said it, and it shouldn’t matter, but it does. I watched him on Hannity last night, and he really needs some image advice. Or at least somebody should buy him a suit that fits.

      There absolutely are people who won’t vote for a person who is visually a doofus, unless that person is unusually compelling in some other respect. For most people, emotion trumps logic and the way a person looks elicits an emotional response.

      The Moron’s handlers played on that expertly. I think it’s one of the reason’s he was picked, and one of the biggest reasons he is where he is.

  18. ilzito guacamolito says:

    ~ Campaign spokesman Matt Burns says she thinks dropping out of the 23rd Congressional District race is in the best interests of the party. ~

    I am still trying to figure out which party he is talking about. Good riddance to bad rubbish.


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