The top-ranking House Republican told reporters on Monday that he regrets having supported former GOP House candidate Dede Scozzafava…
“This lady clearly has as agenda that’s different than most Republicans; she was out there promoting herself,” House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said, noting that he has encouraged all members of the GOP conference to support Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman.
Way to piece it together, JB. The irony here is that it’s moderate Republicans who’ll end up being the big losers from Scozzafava’s betrayal. Not only does she make them look untrustworthy (or rather, more untrustworthy than before) but increasingly it seems like they’re not even going to get Hoffman’s scalp as a consolation prize. Check out this eye-popper from the crosstabs to today’s new Siena poll:
Hoffman’s favorable rating among Scozzafava voters is now 35/41, a 20-point gain in just two days (it was 15/57 on Saturday). By comparison, Owens’s favorable rating among them has shifted from 19/50 on Saturday to … 20/52 now. Clearly her supporters are breaking towards the conservative — or were. The question is what her stumping for Owens will do to those relative support levels.
Here’s the RNC’s new ad for Hoffman, by the way. The word “conservative” figures prominently.