Scozzafava endorses Democrat in NY-23

posted at 4:15 pm on November 1, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Doesn’t this prove the point conservatives had been making about Dede Scozzafava all along?

One day after she suspended her own campaign and declined to publicly endorse either of her opponents, Republican Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava has formally announced her support for Democratic candidate Bill Owens. …

This isn’t a huge surprise. According to the Watertown Times, Scozzafava, who is angry about the indignities she suffered at the hands of Conservative nominee Doug Hoffman, was quietly encouraging her supporters yesterday to support Owens.

In addition, her labor leader husband, Ron McDougall, issued a late-night endorsement of Owens via a statement released by the AFL -CIO, which signaled the start of a labor wave moving from Scozzafava’s camp to Owens’ side. This could prove critical when it comes to the GOTV effort.

Uh, sure, as if that 19% or so that backed Scozzafava in the race included a “labor wave”.  The union voters were not going to back the Republican in this race, outside of McDougall and a few of his buddies.  They’re already behind Owens, even with the Card Check-supporting Scozzafava in the race.  Why wouldn’t they have already wanted to give Nancy Pelosi another caucus vote?

There are two ways of looking at this.  Either Scozzafava doesn’t mind throwing Republicans under the bus for a little dog-in-the-manger revenge, or she’s a lot closer in policy to the Democrat than the conservative candidate.  Neither of those commends Scozzafava, nor the county party leaders who handpicked her to replace John McHugh.  In fact, it makes it clear that conservatives were right all along to point out Scozzafava’s unsuitability for the endorsement — and should result in replacing the GOP bosses in NY-23 who bungled it.

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Leave it to the RINO Party to make a Specter of itself once again.

chickasaw42 on November 2, 2009 at 4:19 PM

This surprises anyone who’s paid attention to upstate NY Republican politics? Two words: Sherwood Boehlert. When I was a teen growing up in Rome, NY I read the results of every roll call vote in which Boehlert participated. The SOB should have caucused with the Dems. The time to clean house in the Upstate NY Republican party is long past due.

quikstrike98 on November 2, 2009 at 6:37 PM

Scuzzy just wanted a big paycheck.

Don’t congresswomen get like 180K a year plus the chance to rise to become a lobbyist eventually?

Spathi on November 2, 2009 at 7:58 PM

I personally have found the story of upstate NY compelling. We had a woman, backed by the party GOP, endorsed first by major GOP voice on TV, recieving major GOP money……..totally blow it.
Unbelievable drama.
You could write this and sell it.
Nobody wants what the standard GOP is trying to sell.
Get a clue, buddies.
AnninCA on November 2, 2009 at 2:29 PM

Nobody wants the politics of empowerment, that’s why Hillary does chores for a better liar. Welcome to equality.

Chris_Balsz on November 3, 2009 at 10:53 AM

She did conservatives averywhere a big favor.

The RINO-NC can’t use her anymore

If s-fava had cried in her coffee she could have lived on the tv talk show circuit until the Presidential primaries talking down the conservatives and feeding doubts about her critics. She could have done a lot of PR hurt against the Tea Party crowd.

Fickle woman scorned chose a moment of stisfaction and removed her usefulness to the movement to shut down conservatives

Plus, I enjoyed her stupidity a whole lot. Yep

entagor on November 3, 2009 at 12:15 PM

Now this worthless POS can fade into obscurity. Good riddance to bad garbage.

TrickyDick on November 3, 2009 at 1:41 PM