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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Looking at the 2000 race which was a 3 way race between the repub, dem and conservative candidates, the conservative still garnered more voted then the dem. i know it was 10 years ago but i think that its a center-right district. Also, if you know anyone in the military stationed at fort drum get on the phone with them and urge them to vote on tuesday.

Brass Knuckles on November 1, 2009 at 3:16 PM

Outstanding. The lying pink elephant shows her true colors. How do you like them apples Newt?

David in ATL on November 1, 2009 at 3:17 PM

That’s the end of your political career, Scuzzy.

Newt? What about it?

John the Libertarian on November 1, 2009 at 3:18 PM

Newt? Newt?

PackerBronco on November 1, 2009 at 3:18 PM

Will make the victory sooo much sweeter than it already would’ve been.

SouthernGent on November 1, 2009 at 3:18 PM

It proves she is EXACTLY what we all thought she was.

kareyk on November 1, 2009 at 3:18 PM

Remember Newt and his “Hey! Do you want a vote for Pelosi or a vote for Boehner?” WHAT an ass! Should the Democrat eek out a win in this battle, this is still a victory in the war in my opinion.

Marcus on November 1, 2009 at 3:19 PM

GOP party leaders of NY-23, you are dogs.

DrStock on November 1, 2009 at 3:19 PM

In Newt’s defense, he’s been so worried about global warming lately that he couldn’t see straight in NY-23.

Kensington on November 1, 2009 at 3:19 PM

The fact is, the elite would rather a Democrat win than a third party candidate. Period.

The Calibur on November 1, 2009 at 3:19 PM

Dede just proved if it looks like a lowlife, talks like a lowlife and acts like a lowlife….

it’s a DEMOCRAT!

Stephanie on November 1, 2009 at 3:19 PM

Scozzafava endorses Democrat in NY-23

Scozzafava pounds final nail in Newt Gingrich’s coffin.

MB4 on November 1, 2009 at 3:20 PM

Yeah, well…I’m not surprised, and neither should anyone else be. This is why conservatives didn’t want her to win, right? True colors, and all that.

Bob's Kid on November 1, 2009 at 3:20 PM

Susan? Susan Collins? About that trip you made to upstate New York a few weeks ago to endorse a “GOP” candidate?

Wethal on November 1, 2009 at 3:20 PM

Hey where are you Steele? We would like to hear your thoughts on this. What are you guys going to do for this million dollar screw up. Newt what say you?

Brat4life on November 1, 2009 at 3:20 PM

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.

I say all of the bove. She is not conservative

deidre on November 1, 2009 at 3:20 PM

Outstanding. The lying pink elephant shows her true colors. How do you like them apples Newt?

David in ATL on November 1, 2009 at 3:17 PM

Some RINO’s have a removable Tusk/Horn. Scozzafava was a decepticon.

portlandon on November 1, 2009 at 3:20 PM

Well, no matter the outcome now it looks like killing her campaign was a good move.

clement on November 1, 2009 at 3:21 PM

Outstanding. The lying pink elephant shows her true colors. How do you like them apples Newt?

David in ATL on November 1, 2009 at 3:17 PM

Some RINO’s have a removable Tusk/Horn. Scozzafava was a Decepticon!

portlandon on November 1, 2009 at 3:21 PM

This morning out here in SoCal, I received a fundraising phone call from Newt’s organization. I let the script reader know how unhappy I am with Newt’s role supporting this ungrateful, disloyal RINO.

Terrie on November 1, 2009 at 3:21 PM

I think this gives a lot of weight to the theory that she was a leftwing plant from the get go. Get a leftwinger on the R ticket and and leftwinger on the D ticket. Exactly the sort of elections the left wants…

Oh, and as others noted in the other thread, what is the point in working with “moderates” when so many of them are willing to side with the D’s over conservatives?

18-1 on November 1, 2009 at 3:21 PM

From TCOTReport.com:

Local Republicans Charge Corruption
What Kind of Job Did the White House Promise Scozzafava?

“In my opinion, you’ve got corrupt deal going on between the Obama White House and Dede Scozzafava. It’s Chicago politics in the 23rd NY Congressional District.”

Jim Ellis, Franklin County New York Republican Chairman

Enoxo on November 1, 2009 at 3:21 PM

Seriously, how long will it be before one of these nimrods blames us for demanding purity? It’s our fault that Scruntzapalooza had to endorse a Democrat.

I’ll bet Frum is feverishly pecking away at his keyboard as we speak, desperately trying to drown out the voices of Levin and Hewitt in his head.

Kensington on November 1, 2009 at 3:21 PM

In fact, it makes it clear than 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.

Thank you! Of course we already knew that.

bluemarlin on November 1, 2009 at 3:22 PM

True colors! Hoffman supporters vindicated for not going along with this sham Republican from the beginning.

evergreen on November 1, 2009 at 3:22 PM

It would be harder to make the case against her … if she just kept her mouth shut. But this seals the deal. Now how about you Newt.

As I see it the RNC spend $900,000 trying to prove this point. Any comments Steele? Where do donors go to get their money back.

tarpon on November 1, 2009 at 3:22 PM

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.

It is not a matter of either. The correct answer is a big both.

MB4 on November 1, 2009 at 3:22 PM

Scozzafava pounds final nail in Newt Gingrich’s coffin.

MB4 on November 1, 2009 at 3:20 PM

And that’s a ton of steel. Speaking of Steele, him too, huh?
This is what happens when you endorse dem lite.

HornetSting on November 1, 2009 at 3:22 PM

Absolutely underscores why conservatives are pissed. If she did it because she is bitter, she doesn’t belong in politics. If she did it because she actually supports her Dem opponent, she’s in the wrong party.

Why is this woman a Republican anyway??

ace tomato on November 1, 2009 at 3:22 PM

Didn’t I hear that Newt was on the Sunday talk shows saying Scuzzyfuzz was backing Hoffman?

If so, this woman blind-sided GOP establishment… AGAIN.

Enoxo on November 1, 2009 at 3:22 PM

lets start a new party and breakaway from the “republicans” they too have left the station and have gone to the dark side.

grapeknutz on November 1, 2009 at 3:23 PM

Hey! GOP…. you better start listening to the conservatives in the party. This just proves to me that she would have voted for more taxes, bigger government, etc. Just like Snowe and Collins.

uber-con on November 1, 2009 at 3:23 PM

That she supported the democrat, only proves how reliable a vote she’d be against Pelosi if she had won. – Newt

lorien1973 on November 1, 2009 at 3:23 PM

even if the Dem’s take this seat, the old guard got the message…..if this fat pig of a union loving sloth RINO had gotten elected, they would have felt vindacated.

As far as I am concerned, go climb under a rock and NEVER EVER come out Newt……how is that endorsement treating you now you LOSER!

SDarchitect on November 1, 2009 at 3:23 PM

In fact, it makes it clear than 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.

The same should be true for the national Republican Party officials who spent upwards of a million bucks propping her up and those who publicly besmirched conservatives while endorsing her.

Jimmie Bise, Jr on November 1, 2009 at 3:23 PM

The fact is, the elite would rather a Democrat win than a third party candidate. Period.

Which proves again that they don’t give a shit about the country or the people, it’s all about them. As long as the party elite is looked after and have their snouts in the trough, why should they care about debt and unemployment etc?

Ozwitch on November 1, 2009 at 3:23 PM

Why can’t the comments from the headlines be transferred when you move a story down here?
just wonderin’

bridgetown on November 1, 2009 at 3:23 PM

Most politicians are dragged kicking and screaming to the Ash heap of history. DeDe Scozzafava just did a swan dive into it all by herself.

portlandon on November 1, 2009 at 3:24 PM

As Nixon would say, the lady is pink right down to her underwear.

nyx on November 1, 2009 at 3:24 PM

From politico

GOP officials: We won’t abandon Dede

The National Republican Congressional Committee remains committed to embattled GOP nominee Dede Scozzafava

Two party officials tell POLITICO that the NRCC will continue to air TV ads propping up Scozzafava in the days leading up to the Nov. 3 contest and plans to keep up a near relentless barrage of press releases slamming Hoffman

It’s all a geographic play,” the GOP official explained. “There is a path to victory.”

The official also noted that, as a Republican, Scozzafava would have a far larger base of support to tap into. As of April 1, voter registration in the district was 43 percent Republican, 31 percent Democrat and just 1 percent

“I have yet to see a poll that shows a path to victory for the Conservative,” the official said. “They have no base.”

Asked why so many prominent Republicans had thrown their support to Hoffman, the official responded, “We’re dealing with data, not hopes and dreams.”

William Amos on November 1, 2009 at 3:24 PM

Isn’t it clear now that the real dilemma is not whether or not to support left-leaning or moderate Republicans but how to keep them off the ballot in the first place?

Kensington on November 1, 2009 at 3:24 PM

Angry pink lady: Buh Bye. Say hi to Specter for us.

Punditpawn on November 1, 2009 at 3:24 PM

Scozzafrava endorses Democrat… the surprise of no one except Newt Gingrich.

Lehosh on November 1, 2009 at 3:25 PM

lets start a new party and breakaway from the “republicans” they too have left the station and have gone to the dark side.

grapeknutz on November 1, 2009 at 3:23 PM

Nope. This is our party~the party of small government, lower taxes, personal responsibility….we need to scrub the RINOS and DIABLOS out of OUR party!
Where are our resident moderate squishes to defend the Scuzz? Are you still in SHOCK?

HornetSting on November 1, 2009 at 3:25 PM

The essential problem with GOP candidates, such as Scozzafava, is that when you get down to it, they are no different from any off-the-shelf liberal.

Her endorsement of Owens at this point in the campaign pretty much proves it.

If and when Conservatives are no longer being led by a party that is essentially liberal-lite, the real work of getting this nation on an even keel can begin.

Principles, not personalities.

coldwarrior on November 1, 2009 at 3:25 PM

To be honest, she was just stealth candidate. We need her likes OUT of the GOP. There are some fundamentals in the GOP and she broke everyone of them. I wouldn’t put it past her and the dems that she would have switched parties as soon as sworn in.

Remember, the dems won in 06 and 08 by running so called ‘conservative’ candidates.

lsutiger on November 1, 2009 at 3:26 PM

Not a surprise….another noble RINO like Snowe and Collins backing Liberals.

yoda on November 1, 2009 at 3:26 PM

So glad her career is over. Go join the Democrats.

taney71 on November 1, 2009 at 3:26 PM

She’s a “moderate”? Yeah, right – just like Arnold and Arlen Spector. They are liberals, and they always support each other.

savvydude on November 1, 2009 at 3:26 PM

This just in…Newt Gingrich throws his support to the democrat Owens, cites anti-divisiveness as main reason.

Western_Civ on November 1, 2009 at 3:27 PM

lets start a new party and breakaway from the “republicans” they too have left the station and have gone to the dark side.

grapeknutz on November 1, 2009 at 3:23 PM

NO!

It’s our party! We need to take it back and kick out the RINOs. There’s a perfectly good party structure there that’s just being run by nimrods.

Kensington on November 1, 2009 at 3:27 PM

So will Mitt now endorse Hoffman?

Wethal on November 1, 2009 at 3:27 PM

So Conservative Republicans are supposed to hold their noses and vote for Liberal Republicans, but when the situation reverses, Liberal Republicans support Liberal Democrats.

I do not believe these Liberal, or ‘moderate’ Republicans are our friends, this is proof of it.

El_Terrible on November 1, 2009 at 3:27 PM

Where is Allahpundit with one of his snippy comments about how the Conservatives are all to blame for their refusal to admit that they don’t allow others to join and participate in the Republican Party?

Snake307 on November 1, 2009 at 3:27 PM

Interesting because big Dede was gaining some sympathy for being forced out. Now? Not so much. She and her thug union boss husband have made it abundantly clear why she had to be forced out. I thank her for that.

And now there’s chatter that she had cut a deal with the Obama White House for a job for her thug husband if she had won? Newt really picked a winner here.

How come rank-and-file Republicans can see a Manchurian candidate as plain as the nose on their faces, but the party elite just misses it completely?

Rational Thought on November 1, 2009 at 3:27 PM

How much money will the NRCC be sending to Owens in support of Scozzafava?

Freddy on November 1, 2009 at 3:27 PM

How much money will the NRCC be sending to Owens in support of Scozzafava?

Freddy on November 1, 2009 at 3:27 PM

The RNC and NRCC spent over a million dollars on her. What’s a few more million?

Enoxo on November 1, 2009 at 3:28 PM

Not only was the GOP ‘leadership’ wrong in judging her qualifications as a Republican candidate…they are proving to be lousy at basic politics.

AUINSC on November 1, 2009 at 3:28 PM

Where is Allahpundit with one of his snippy comments about how the Conservatives are all to blame for their refusal to admit that they don’t allow others to join and participate in the Republican Party?

Snake307 on November 1, 2009 at 3:27 PM

Yeah, something about letting that cameltoe under the tent, or something.

HornetSting on November 1, 2009 at 3:28 PM

how do you guys think this race turns out now?? I tend to think it is even more likely Hoffman will win now that scozz’s former republican voters will see what a disgraceful turncoat she was.

thoughts??

ousoonerfan15 on November 1, 2009 at 3:29 PM

How much money will the NRCC be sending to Owens in support of Scozzafava?

Freddy on November 1, 2009 at 3:27 PM

I hope they donate Steele to Owens as well.

nyx on November 1, 2009 at 3:29 PM

So Conservative Republicans are supposed to hold their noses and vote for Liberal Republicans, but when the situation reverses, Liberal Republicans support Liberal Democrats.

I do not believe these Liberal, or ‘moderate’ Republicans are our friends, this is proof of it.

El_Terrible on November 1, 2009 at 3:27 PM

Ding, ding, ding, we have a winner! you are so, so right!!!!!

deidre on November 1, 2009 at 3:29 PM

Dede is still a spoiler, just on a more level playing field.

jeanie on November 1, 2009 at 3:29 PM

The same should be true for the national Republican Party officials who spent upwards of a million bucks propping her up and those who publicly besmirched conservatives while endorsing her.

Jimmie Bise, Jr on November 1, 2009 at 3:23 PM

Can they sue her for fraud to get that money back? They should. It would be delicious!

Rational Thought on November 1, 2009 at 3:29 PM

pathetic

simply freaking pathetic

the GOP is truly a national disgrace

go f yourselves.

blatantblue on November 1, 2009 at 3:29 PM

Steele you need to close our primaries so this doesn’t happen in 2010. I can see the dem’s out there doing this next year running dems as the GOP so they can have more power in Washington.

Brat4life on November 1, 2009 at 3:29 PM

Breaking on TCOTReport.com:

Scozzafava’s Home County Republican Committee, St. Lawrence, joins Jefferson and Lewis Counties in endorsing Hoffman in NY-23

Enoxo on November 1, 2009 at 3:30 PM

Newt and The GOP heads that backed her should be ashamed for this.

Will they?

JoeinTX on November 1, 2009 at 3:30 PM

You know Newt if feeling like a fool today.

If he doesn’t come out and eat crow then it just shows he has his head so buried in the sand he can’t see reality.

Ampersand on November 1, 2009 at 3:30 PM

STEELE *MUST* go NOW.

OmahaConservative on November 1, 2009 at 3:31 PM

HornetSting on November 1, 2009 at 3:25 PM

Nope. This is our party~the party of small government, lower taxes, personal responsibility….we need to scrub the RINOS and DIABLOS out of OUR party!

Yep, they’ve been steaming under false colors long enough. Smoke em out, force em to fly their real flag and let’s see em for what they are.

Where are our resident moderate squishes to defend the Scuzz? Are you still in SHOCK?

Who cares?

Oldnuke on November 1, 2009 at 3:31 PM

Does Owens even want her? “LET’S RAISE TAXES TOGETHER!” Not the best campaign picture.

Marcus on November 1, 2009 at 3:31 PM

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

Yes, yes and ah Hell Yes!

Now any republican\conservative who was going to cast a ballot for Scuzz because they vote for the republican will now know to cast their vote for Hoffman…

CCRWM on November 1, 2009 at 3:32 PM

What a miserable disgrace.

DarkCurrent on November 1, 2009 at 3:32 PM

Don’t forget to see this in the context of the “Moderate” republican. The moderate republican (myth) endorses the democrat!

Weight of Glory on November 1, 2009 at 3:33 PM

Wait…Are all the R’s in that area, liberals??? That’s messed up.

DanaSmiles on November 1, 2009 at 3:34 PM

ousoonerfan15 on November 1, 2009 at 3:29 PM

Impossible to know. I thought Hoffman would lose the 3way race. All you can hope for is the R voters she had were in not R’s like she was.

lorien1973 on November 1, 2009 at 3:34 PM

So Conservative Republicans are supposed to hold their noses and vote for Liberal Republicans, but when the situation reverses, Liberal Republicans support Liberal Democrats.

I do not believe these Liberal, or ‘moderate’ Republicans are our friends, this is proof of it.

El_Terrible on November 1, 2009 at 3:27 PM

And who believes for even a moment that Scruntza seriously ever considered doing anything other than endorsing Owens?

Kensington on November 1, 2009 at 3:34 PM

Are there any REAL republicans in New York?

Mangy Scot on November 1, 2009 at 3:34 PM

Breaking on TCOTReport.com:

Scozzafava’s Home County Republican Committee, St. Lawrence, joins Jefferson and Lewis Counties in endorsing Hoffman in NY-23
Enoxo on November 1, 2009 at 3:30 PM

Good for them. A little late to realize what she really was, but now GOTV for Doug. Revenge is sweet.

Wethal on November 1, 2009 at 3:34 PM

and should result in replacing the GOP bosses in NY-23 who bungled it.

Screw that. The bosses that need replaced are the heads of the NRCC that wasted $1million on this liberal, Steele, Newt and the minority leader of the house. They are either too stupid to understand the enemy, to corwardly to fight the enemy, or too worried about power to face on the field of battle the enemy. either coward,fool or naive makes no difference they need to be replaced. Heads need to roll from the highest seats of GOP power and it needs to happen yesterday. 2010 is too important to allow the GOP chances to be controlled by idiots in DC

unseen on November 1, 2009 at 3:35 PM

She was not forced out. She planned to quit and throw her support to Owens. It would be interesting to see how the election on Tuesday pans out. The fall out will have tremendous implications because conservative might stay home in the next election if Hoffman lost and the conservative base feel betrayed. If Hoffman wins, it does nothing for the calculus of vote count at the present, but the schism between moderate republicans and social conservatives will be rip open. I bet Barry is celebrating this turn of event.

bayview on November 1, 2009 at 3:35 PM

She was not forced out. She planned to quit and throw her support to Owens. It would be interesting to see how the election on Tuesday pans out. The fall out will have tremendous implications because conservative might stay home in the next election if Hoffman lost and the conservative base feel betrayed. If Hoffman wins, it does nothing for the calculus of vote count at the present, but the schism between moderate republicans and social conservatives will be rip open. I bet Barry is celebrating this turn of event.

bayview on November 1, 2009 at 3:35 PM

The take-away from all of this is that the decision the Republicans made in their smoked-filled back room in NY 23 was fouled up beyond all recognition. If nothing else, the rest of the local party manipulators across the nation have been placed on notice.

obladioblada on November 1, 2009 at 3:35 PM

Hopefully this shows conservatives are taking back the party.

truetexan on November 1, 2009 at 3:36 PM

Talk about energizing the base! This race is going nuclear.

NY-23 conservatives…. the balls in your court.
TURNOUT! TURNOUT! TURNOUT!

katy on November 1, 2009 at 3:36 PM

There ya go, Newt!!!!

ladyingray on November 1, 2009 at 3:36 PM

I hope she fails.

OmahaConservative on November 1, 2009 at 3:36 PM

Rahm must have paid a little visit to Scozzafava….

d1carter on November 1, 2009 at 3:37 PM

Who’s to say that Scuzzywuzzywasabear wasn’t picked by the Whine House in the very beginning?

txag92 on November 1, 2009 at 3:37 PM

truetexan on November 1, 2009 at 3:36 PM

This shows that most Republican leaders aren’t conservative. Which is kinda the opposite of what you’re shooting for.

The Calibur on November 1, 2009 at 3:37 PM

Obama’s probably using stimulus money for the bribe payoffs to SCUUUUZZZZYYYFAAAVAAABEEEAN!

katy on November 1, 2009 at 3:37 PM

You know who this benefits? Mitt Romney

lorien1973 on November 1, 2009 at 3:38 PM

Unsurprising. Someone spends their adult life climbing the political ladder and just when they’re on the verge of triumph — a de facto lifetime sinecure in the House of Representatives — the party that you’ve worked for for many years turns on you. No wonder she said “bite me.” She feels screwed, and, in a way, she was.

Bleeds Blue on November 1, 2009 at 3:38 PM

But..but..but…

Newt said she was going to back Hoffman!

Newt???

SueM on November 1, 2009 at 3:38 PM

Rahm must have paid a little visit to Scozzafava….

d1carter on November 1, 2009 at 3:37 PM

Well, now that you mention it:

http://hotair.com/headlines/?p=57989

AUINSC on November 1, 2009 at 3:38 PM

The inner sanctum of the Democratic party has been working on undermining the two party system for over 30 years. Taking over the educational system, starting hundreds of “community organizing” groups and now Organizing for America is identifying a backing “moderate Republicans” like Scuzzy in small district across the country.

I’ve been saying it all along, they will stop short of nothing but a complete breakdown of the Constitution. From single-payer to single ruler, they are working hard to return this country to the roots of slavery they so know and love.

wordsmithy2009 on November 1, 2009 at 3:38 PM

It is not a matter of either. The correct answer is a big both.

MB4 on November 1, 2009 at 3:22 PM

Plus, the ‘Republicans’ would have had one of ‘theirs’ sleep with the enemy.

Good riddens!

New York, district 23 voters, use your brains, liberty and independence and vote.

Schadenfreude on November 1, 2009 at 3:38 PM

She looks like a Rino but poops Donk Dung.

Geochelone on November 1, 2009 at 3:38 PM

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