Conference call with Hoffman campaign

posted at 7:55 pm on November 1, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

The American Conservative Union’s PAC arranged for a conference call with media and bloggers this evening to discuss the events of the last 48 hours.  Among the participants — Matt Burns, a former spokesperson for Dede Scozzafava.  Stacy McCain and Eric Odom, who first broke the news of Scozzafava’s withdrawal from the race yesterday, joined as “special guests” of the call.

Burns said he didn’t relish being on the defensive from conservative bloggers, but that he came back to NY-23 to elect a Republican.  He worked hard for Scozzafava, and at the end, she withdrew in order to keep the district Republican.  Burns apparently got surprised by Scozzafava’s decision today, and he wanted to stress that only one person in the race would now be a vote against Nancy Pelosi, and that is Doug Hoffman.

Burns said he agreed with Newt Gingrich that we need a big tent in order to win enough seats to have power.  However, now in NY-23 the important thing is to elect someone who will oppose Pelosi.  Stacy asked how the RNC and the NRCC got it so wrong, but Burns said the decision was made by the local leaders, not the national party.  John Hawkins asked if the NRCC spent $900,000 on Scozzafava; all Burns would say is that the NRCC provided “substantial” support.

The Hoffman campaign says they are now seeing a lot of local Republicans are now flocking to Hoffman.  They believe they still will have a problem with a couple of the county GOP leaders, mainly because they’re likely embarrassed how their selection turned out.  As a result, the Hoffman campaign needs an influx of volunteers in NY-23, especially in a couple of the Scozzafava counties.  The RNC and NRCC are now directing resources to the Hoffman team, but they need boots already on the ground in the district.

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Sapwolf on November 1, 2009 at 8:15 PM

You better send a ton of pics and vids for us!

ProudPalinFan on November 1, 2009 at 10:38 PM

This is EXACTLY the role in which I can see Sarah Palin being the most effective. Now lets see if it pays off on Tuesday.

crosspatch on November 1, 2009 at 10:56 PM

Famous Quotes from History:

“I am Sparticus!”
“Persians, come and Get Them!”
“Give me Liberty, or Give Me Death”
Seven Percent Solution on November 1, 2009 at 8:51 PM

Seven Percent Solution: I’ll add,but I must confess,not a
famous quote,but a movie one!:)

“Warriors come out to play”!!

canopfor on November 1, 2009 at 11:02 PM

Why McCain Picked Palin

Short version? To pick up the Libertarian vote.

MSimon on November 1, 2009 at 11:04 PM

So…she dropped out in order to keep the district Republican. Then endorses her democratic opponent, and lends her voice to robo calls urging her supporters to vote ‘D’.

This is why the big tent view that Gingrich has been pushing won’t work. Too many RINO’s win the support of the national party at the expense of actual conservatives..and to what gain? Arlen Specter? Jim Jeffords? Scozzafava?

DngrMse on November 1, 2009 at 11:41 PM

Her actions make her worse than a RINO. Trojan horse or saboteur comes to mind.

jodetoad on November 2, 2009 at 12:52 AM

well there is no question that the RNC has a big problem, trying to sell wooden nickels.

tarpon on November 2, 2009 at 6:19 AM

Better put some ice on those lips, pal.

Gads, I hope the GOP leadership *finally* gets it, or 2010 is going to be a threepeat.

itzWicks on November 2, 2009 at 6:39 AM

They should be embarassed. Obviously, Dede is taking direction from the WH. A move to change parties is immenent.

AnninCA on November 2, 2009 at 8:45 AM

Ass Wipes, Douche Bags and Parasites Oh MY!

sonnyspats1 on November 2, 2009 at 10:05 AM