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Gingrich endorses Scozzafava in NY-23 race ('Future of the party')
The Hill ^ | Oct. 16, 2009 | Tony Romm

Posted on 10/16/2009 10:34:48 AM PDT by ConservativeMind

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) may have stepped into a political quagmire after endorsing a moderate New York Republican's special election bid.

A host of GOP leaders have tried to distance themselves from the ongoing showdown between Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava, a centrist Republican, and Doug Hoffman, the local Conservative Party's candidate. But Gingrich offered his perspective to the three-way contest for now-Army Secretary John McHugh's vacant seat on Friday when he became one of only a handful of conservative Republicans to openly back his party's struggling candidate.

“The special election for the 23rd Congressional District is an important test leading up to the mid-term 2010 elections,” Gingrich said of Scozzafava's candidacy in a statement to supporters, as reported by the The Post-Standard. “Our best chance to put responsible and principled leaders in Washington starts here, with Dede Scozzafava.”

Gingrich's key endorsement could spell good news for Scozzafava, heretofore supported only lukewarmly by her own party. Already, the Club for Growth, Concerned Women of America, evangelical leader Gary Bauer, former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) and a host of other GOP supporters and lawmakers have sided with Hoffman, who has recently posted gains in preliminary polls.

By contrast, only about 17 Republicans have even written checks to Scozzafava's campaign, and the party's conference chairman -- Rep. Mike Pence (Ind.) -- has altogether steered clear of the tough race.

At issue for some unsure Republicans seems to be a fear of a possible political backlash. Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Tx.) knows that feeling all too well; after he announced his backing for Scozzafava, his conservative base attacked him viciously, specifically harping intimidate details of his personal life.

Gingrich, however, seems not to care about this brewing, inner-party divide. Instead, he championed Scozzafava's candidacy on Friday as the future of the party -- not necessarily the harbinger for a lingering party divide, as some pundits have speculated.

“The Republican Revolution in 1994 started very much like what we see today,” the former speaker said. “Like then, our country is reeling from misguided liberal policies, high taxes and out-of-control spending. This special election in New York’s 23rd Congressional District could be the first election of the new Republican Revolution, but we need the momentum to get it started.”


TOPICS: Breaking News; Business/Economy; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: fred; fredthompson; hoffman; ny2009; ny2010; ny23; rino; rinos; scozzafava
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Gingrich says Scozzafava is "The Future of the Party"

"Gingrich, however, seems not to care about this brewing, inner-party divide. Instead, he championed Scozzafava's candidacy on Friday as the future of the party -- not necessarily the harbinger for a lingering party divide, as some pundits have speculated.

1 posted on 10/16/2009 10:34:48 AM PDT by ConservativeMind
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To: ConservativeMind

Gingrich is buddy-buddy with Al Sharpton and Arne Duncan too.


2 posted on 10/16/2009 10:35:50 AM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: pnh102

Gingrich is yesterday.


3 posted on 10/16/2009 10:37:30 AM PDT by US Navy Vet
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To: ConservativeMind
Please, send Hoffman a donation. I wish we would get behind him as strongly as we got behind Joe Wilson last month.

Markos Moulitsas, founder of The Daily Kos has endorsed Scozzafava. Dede Scozzafava has also been endorsed by NYSUT, the largest labor union in New York, and an affiliate of the National Education Association.

Scozzafava also holds these positions:

Scozzafava has also run in past elections on the Working Families Party (a progressive party associated with ACORN) line on the ballot.

This lady isn’t a RINO, she is a big “R” democRat.

There are also 17 RINOs in the house who have donated funds to this Liberal democRat's campaign. They include Boehner and Cantor. I don’t have a full list, but I will be looking for it. These RINOs should be targeted for elimination in the primaries next year.


From the desk of
cc2k:

4 posted on 10/16/2009 10:37:53 AM PDT by cc2k (I have donated to Doug Hoffman, have you? [check my recent reply posts])
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To: pnh102

Gingrich, part of the Washington elite. They’re not in it for us.


5 posted on 10/16/2009 10:37:58 AM PDT by samsmom
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To: ConservativeMind
Michelle Malkin just tweeted that the RNC has just made a "six-figure" transfer to Scozzafava's campaign. She is outraged.

Fred and Jeri Thompson have endorsed the conservative, Hoffman.

6 posted on 10/16/2009 10:38:37 AM PDT by Al B. (Sarah Palin: Government "can't make you happy or healthy or wealthy or wise".)
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To: ConservativeMind; All
In related news...

Malkin on Twitter: RNC transfers money for Scozzafava (RINO-NY)

7 posted on 10/16/2009 10:39:50 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: US Navy Vet

Things like this make me glad I left the Republican Party. There is no future voting for “moderates”...


8 posted on 10/16/2009 10:40:13 AM PDT by Russ (Repeal the 17th amendment)
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To: ConservativeMind

So, where are all the Gingrich for 2012 people today...?


9 posted on 10/16/2009 10:40:29 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: ConservativeMind

So Newt thinks the future of the party is a left-wing fascist.

Shut up Newt.


10 posted on 10/16/2009 10:40:52 AM PDT by stockpirate ("if my thought-dreams could be seen. They'd probably put my head in a guillotine" Dylan)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Should Sarah Palin get involved here?


11 posted on 10/16/2009 10:41:04 AM PDT by Al B. (Sarah Palin: Government "can't make you happy or healthy or wealthy or wise".)
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To: ConservativeMind

Moving the GOP to the center has been the problem, not the answer. The GOP needs to move to the right.


12 posted on 10/16/2009 10:41:47 AM PDT by b4its2late (Ignorance allows liberalism to prosper.)
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To: pnh102

Didn’t he do the kissy-face with Pelosi over global warming too?


13 posted on 10/16/2009 10:41:53 AM PDT by stevio (Crunchy Con - God, guns, guts, and organically grown crunchy nuts.)
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To: ConservativeMind
Scozzafava is ACORN’s Working Families Party candidate and DailyKos' too

There's a conservative running too, Asshole Gingrich.

14 posted on 10/16/2009 10:41:58 AM PDT by rvoitier (Progressives are in the GOP, too.)
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To: Russ

You didn’t leave the party, the party left you. It’s time to grab it back.


15 posted on 10/16/2009 10:41:58 AM PDT by US Navy Vet
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To: ConservativeMind
Gingrich is an attention whore and I wish he would just go away. He has nothing constructive to contribute but still makes appearances with Nancy Pelosi and Al Sharpton echoing whatever leftist nonsense they are trying to sell. Just go away Gingrich.
16 posted on 10/16/2009 10:42:02 AM PDT by detective
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To: Al B.

Dunno. She might want to steer clear of this one since it looks like a big snake pit where everyone involved is going to get bitten.


17 posted on 10/16/2009 10:42:20 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: ConservativeMind

Hard to believe there are freepers that want this jackass to be the GOP nominee in 2012.


18 posted on 10/16/2009 10:42:58 AM PDT by rintense
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To: ConservativeMind

That jerk Gingrich is still hoping to get back into the action. You’re through, buddy. Through.

Gingrich was always weak on social conservatism, and in his last year in office was pretty much doing whatever Clintbilly told him to do.

It’s no surprise that he’d support a vicious pro-abortionist. Especially when that rat Steele is doing the same thing.


19 posted on 10/16/2009 10:43:13 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: ConservativeMind

Gingrich just made himself utterly irrelevant if he already wasn’t.


20 posted on 10/16/2009 10:44:22 AM PDT by Steelfish
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To: ConservativeMind

Gingrich?

Isn’t he the little short fat pink pig that sat on the sofa with Nancy Pelosi touting Globalony Warming?

And the traitorious scum that got Loretta Sanchez elected to congress to get rid of B-1 Bob Dornan?

Newtie, please have a heart attack!


21 posted on 10/16/2009 10:44:40 AM PDT by editor-surveyor (The beginning of the O'Bomb-a administration looks a lot like the end of the Nixon administration)
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To: ConservativeMind
showdown between Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava, a centrist Republican,

No slant there huh? Like most of the authors from the DBM they can't help injecting their wishful opinion that Ms. Scozzafava's ilk are the center of the GOP. They are the left of any party, but shhhhhh we can't actually say that. We have to project them as the center so we can misrepresent the true center as Far Right Extremists. Never mind that in all actuality she is a good representative of the center of the World Workers Party.

22 posted on 10/16/2009 10:45:19 AM PDT by Kudsman (A lifetime of public service = a lifetime of getting serviced by the public.- Mark Steyn)
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To: ConservativeMind

Seriously, why doesn’t some article refer to Hoffman as the centrist Republican and Scozzafava as the far left liberal Republican?


23 posted on 10/16/2009 10:49:44 AM PDT by Kudsman (A lifetime of public service = a lifetime of getting serviced by the public.- Mark Steyn)
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To: ConservativeMind

Oh yeah, 2010 makes me so hopeful. :(


24 posted on 10/16/2009 10:49:56 AM PDT by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: ConservativeMind

Gingrich has gone Hewitt. Same logic that was expounded to push Schwarzenkennedy as Governor of California.

Write off Gingrich if you already haven’t IMO.


25 posted on 10/16/2009 10:50:26 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists...Call 'em What you Will, They ALL have Fairies Living In Their Trees.)
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To: ConservativeMind

How disappointing this is. Gingrich may have converted to Catholicism, but he’s of the Tony Blair variety, apparently.


26 posted on 10/16/2009 10:50:37 AM PDT by Rutles4Ever (Ubi Petrus, ibi ecclesia, et ubi ecclesia vita eterna!)
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To: Al B.

The party wants only RINO’s and it wants them more to the left then in the past.

Socialists are infecting every corner of our party, their goal is to defeat us by having leftist’s in both parties.


27 posted on 10/16/2009 10:50:54 AM PDT by stockpirate ("if my thought-dreams could be seen. They'd probably put my head in a guillotine" Dylan)
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To: ConservativeMind

Newt Gingrich shows what is wrong with the Republican Party. He is not strong enough to live by his earlier values. No to Newt and No to Scozzafava. No to anyone who cannot stand up for the rigors of true Conservative and American values. No to Washington Corruption....Newt is part of that corrupt swamp!


28 posted on 10/16/2009 10:51:38 AM PDT by yoe (Obama, America's first Communist Czar)
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To: LucyT

ping


29 posted on 10/16/2009 10:51:46 AM PDT by stockpirate ("if my thought-dreams could be seen. They'd probably put my head in a guillotine" Dylan)
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To: US Navy Vet

I’ve taken a lot of heat here saying Gingrich wasn’t presidential timber. I appreciate him confirming that yet again. People need to see this wingnut for what he is.

Bob Dole, John McCain, Trent Lott, Lindsey Graham, Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, New Gingrich, Mitt Romney... the list goes on. We live in the kingdom of Marxists and RINOs.

The nation is dying for the want of one good man.

There is no wholesome party to support. Conservatives are not organized well enough to take this nation back. The Republican party sells us out at every turn.

If we don’t get organized and make the Republican party our own, this nation is done.

I would actually support a movement to create a U.S. Government in exile, things have gotten so bad here.

We make a lot of noise as Conservatives, but we’re kidding ourselves if we think we have any real power.

We need to devise a concerted plan to wrestle control of the Republican party away from the RINOs. Unless we do that and immediately, we just wasting our time.


30 posted on 10/16/2009 10:52:23 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Deficit spending, trade deficits, unsecure mortages, worthless paper... ... not a problem. Oh yeah?)
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To: DoughtyOne

I agree let’s get to it!!!


31 posted on 10/16/2009 10:53:48 AM PDT by US Navy Vet
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To: ConservativeMind
Beware of the Republican Establishment, Bay Buchanan, Human Events.

-PJ

32 posted on 10/16/2009 10:54:17 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too (Comprehensive congressional reform legislation only yields incomprehensible bills that nobody reads.)
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To: US Navy Vet

The Fearsome Fivesome: Gingrich, Dole, Bush I, Bush II, McCain. So yesterday, so obnoxious.


33 posted on 10/16/2009 10:56:27 AM PDT by Melchior
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To: cc2k

I donated! To Hoffman, that is.


34 posted on 10/16/2009 10:56:35 AM PDT by Freddd (CNN is not credible.)
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To: cc2k
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35 posted on 10/16/2009 10:56:39 AM PDT by Dick Bachert (FREEDOM HAS AN ADDRESS:WWW.JBS.ORG)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

I’m here...and disappointed.


36 posted on 10/16/2009 10:57:00 AM PDT by americanophile (Sarcasm: satirical wit depending for its effect on bitter, caustic, and often ironic language.)
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To: rintense

A few months ago, I got blasted for suggesting that Newt wasn’t exactly a rock-ribbed conservative. Lately, I haven’t seen one hint of those people.


37 posted on 10/16/2009 10:57:35 AM PDT by thecabal (Destroy Progressivism)
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To: ConservativeMind

No more RINO’s.If they’re not Conservatives or have a major conservative background,Don’t vote for them.

The RINO’s in the Republican party have placed us into such a deep hole we may never dig our way out of it.


38 posted on 10/16/2009 10:58:02 AM PDT by puppypusher (The world is going to the Dogs.)
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To: yoe
I'm no Newt for Prez fan by any means. Still, I watched him thru the 90's with the Contract with America movement. Newt must have good reason for backing Scozzafava. Reason's that aren't clear at the moment.

I admit to not knowing a thing about her, but Gingich is a skilled negotiator and he must have a reason for backing her. Since none of us really know what that is, I'm going to set back with quiet skepticism and watch what develops.
39 posted on 10/16/2009 10:58:31 AM PDT by mentor2k
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To: Al B.

Yes, Sarah needs to come down and campaign for the conservative.


40 posted on 10/16/2009 11:00:04 AM PDT by stockpirate ("if my thought-dreams could be seen. They'd probably put my head in a guillotine" Dylan)
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To: US Navy Vet

I would suggest that we find some high level people to join us, and hold a summit in Washington, D.C., dedicated to putting the party on record, with the intent to replace it’s leadership.

Part of the process should be to make a declaration of values that people can get behind and support. It would require a funding base. It would involve selecting good candidates and supporting them from the body that replaces the RNC RINO donations base.

As these people gain power, we simply infiltrate and overturn the Republican Party.

We should look at how the vilest part of the Democrat party took control back in the early 70s.

We also need to implement and coordinate Conservative programs at every level of public and government agencies. Our University hiring departments need to get severe pushback.

The move to redefine our values as a nation in our textbooks, should be destroyed.


41 posted on 10/16/2009 11:01:53 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Deficit spending, trade deficits, unsecure mortages, worthless paper... ... not a problem. Oh yeah?)
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To: ConservativeMind
Just like Lindsay Lohan Graham. It's all about (R) winning, that's it. Conservatism is only considered if they think it will win them the election. It is jettisoned whenever necessary to win. It's also discarded once in office, for the sake of "reaching across the aisle". Power is all that matters to these pols. They have no honor.
42 posted on 10/16/2009 11:01:57 AM PDT by thecabal (Destroy Progressivism)
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To: puppypusher
Nomination of a RINO by the Republican Party is the prime reason Obama is President and we are sliding into Communism at an alarming rate.

I wouldnt give RINOs and the GOP Establishment the sweat off my ass. They have little to no credibility with me, and I will no longer be swayed by this "OH! MY! But you will give the election to the DEMOCRAT!" crap, I hear when there is a Conservative Alternative to the RINO in the race. We have debated it for over 10 years here on FR, and now it is time to stop talking and time to take action.


43 posted on 10/16/2009 11:03:12 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (If Obama destroys the Republic, the GOP will be worse than the Democrats, for failing to block him)
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To: ConservativeMind

For that matter why don’t prominent conservatives just proclaim that they are the American centrists? Why continue to fall into the left’s trap and keep referring to themselves as the right? Paint the left with their own brush. They are the radical far left and we are the common sense middle. Just say it and make them justify sticking needles in babies heads and sucking their brains out as not radical.


44 posted on 10/16/2009 11:03:28 AM PDT by Kudsman (A lifetime of public service = a lifetime of getting serviced by the public.- Mark Steyn)
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To: Steelfish

Every time Newt is on Sean or the radio I turn it off.


45 posted on 10/16/2009 11:04:53 AM PDT by stockpirate ("if my thought-dreams could be seen. They'd probably put my head in a guillotine" Dylan)
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To: Russ
Things like this make me glad I left the Republican Party. There is no future voting for “moderates”...

I feel you brother. Made the same decision almost two years ago. True conservatives (not simply those with an "R" after their name) are invited to solicit my vote, moderates need not apply.

46 posted on 10/16/2009 11:04:55 AM PDT by The Citizen Soldier (They call it the DNC because KGB was already taken!)
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To: mentor2k

With all due respect, you are in denial.

The list is long, the group of Congressional Members that defeat us at every turn. Instead of bringing one more of those on board, Gingrich should be looking for ways to install sound people in Congress.

That he isn’t, tells you all you need to know about him.

He does/at least did have some very sound ideas, but if you can’t count on him to do the right thing, what does that to to help us? Well, it actually leads to our defeat.

I can’t tolerate that type of thing in any way shape or form. Those days are so over!


47 posted on 10/16/2009 11:05:06 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Deficit spending, trade deficits, unsecure mortages, worthless paper... ... not a problem. Oh yeah?)
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To: stockpirate
I've been wondering when the first shot would be fired in the coming war for control of the GOP. I've thought it might be the Crist-Rubio race but this one might as well be it. I'm sick of RINOs.

Hopefully Palin will talk with Fred Thompson and figure this out. A joint appearance up there with her and Fred would be huge.

48 posted on 10/16/2009 11:05:44 AM PDT by Al B. (Sarah Palin: Government "can't make you happy or healthy or wealthy or wise".)
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To: mentor2k
Newt must have good reason for backing Scozzafava.

Maybe it's the fact that she has won the Margaret Sanger Award?

49 posted on 10/16/2009 11:05:48 AM PDT by LibertarianLiz
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To: ConservativeMind

Gingrich is a man of the past.


50 posted on 10/16/2009 11:07:18 AM PDT by Soul Seeker
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