Skip to comments.NY-23 2009: Democrats Fan The Flames Of Scozzafava's Tax Troubles [she explored becoming a Rat]
Posted on 10/20/2009 3:59:10 PM PDT by rabscuttle385
Democrats once flirted with running Republican Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava for the seat Rep. John McHugh will soon vacate in NY-23, but now that she's a leading contender for the GOP nod, they are rushing to bolster conservative concerns about her alleged tax troubles.
Soon-to-be-former state Democratic Chairwoman June O'Neill today confirmed reports that Scozzafava's husband, an upstate labor leader, talked with key local Democrats and union heads about the possibility of his wife running on Row A if the party's presumed first choice, state Sen. Darrel Aubertine, takes a pass.
"Her husband spoke with several Democratic officials and, you know, people who are aligned with the Democratic Party," O'Neill said. "There was some discussion about whether or not Dede might switch parties, but the whole tax thing is problematic on a number of levels. We didn't want to start out with any problems."
According to O'Neill, this isn't the first time the Democrats have spoken to Scozzafava about switching sides.
The talks started after the GOP passed Scozzafava over in favor of her Assembly colleague, Will Barclay, to run against Aubertine in the 48th SD special election back in February 2008.
The Republicans worried Scozzafava would be seen as too liberal - particularly since she had voted "yes" on gay marriage, while Aubertine, a conservative Democrat, voted "no". Aubertine easily defeated Barclay in that election, and a number of GOP operatives privately conceded after the fact that Scozzafava would have been a better candidate.
I asked O'Neill why Democrats are suddenly willing to speak publicly about the tax issue - more than $192,000 in unpaid state and federal taxes owed by Scozzafava's brother's business, to which the assemblywoman says she now has only the most tenuous of connections.....
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Running a Democrat as a Republican, against an actual conservative with electoral traction.
Now I know why the GOP is called the Stupid Party.
Wait, I already knew that last November...
But...but..(El Rushbo’s mocking voice here) “She’s a moderate! An enlightened, spiritual, centrist who’ll can reach out to those confused voters in need. Why are the Dems attacking her?” < /S >
I hope the conservatives of NY-23 don’t fall for the R at all costs ploy. They need to line up behind Hoffman.
The parts are interchangeable since they all belong to one big socialist Republicrat party.
That crap goes on in Utah too. Usually it is by a Dem turning Rep (in name only) in order to win the election and push their liberal agenda. A complacent (lazy) electorate is to blame, however.
So Hoffman has to beat TWO DemocRats next month.
Wow, what a shock, rabscattle385 and his friends attacking Repubs. Do you see see a RINO around every corner? By the way, Bob McDonnell, Bill Bolling and Ken Cucinelli are all three going to win landslide elections, and Chris Christie will win a close one.
another rat running in the GOP.
The GOP needs to stop this crap once and for all.
since when did the GOP have a platform of
answer they never have and NOR SHOULD THEY
Um buddy, Dede is a flaming Marxist. She's more liberal than the Democrat.
Are you a member of the Republican party?
I’m tired of certain people on this site, always the same ones, who attack almost every Repub as a RINO. I smell BS.
Hello? I'm attacking a über-leftist Republican who is so far left that she makes the Democrat look conservative. Hell, she has the endorsement of the folks at Daily Kos.
Open your eyes, man. I attack liberals, including those that inhabit and run large sections of the Republican Party.
By the way, Bob McDonnell, Bill Bolling and Ken Cucinelli are all three going to win landslide elections
Hey, I am not going to just dumbly nod my head in approval of any Republican; if any of them--even the conservative ones--start partying with liberals (like McCain) then I am going to make noise...and lots of it.
At one time, yes.
Today, I am a member of no party.
HOPEFULLY, the National GOP will use this revelation as an excuse to drop their support of her.
How very totalitarian.
Hey Scozzabama, get out and go join Arlen Specter!
That's all you do.
Didn’t you attack McDonnell the other day calling him a “RINO?” I think you did. Bob is an awesome conservative, you can’t get any better then him, and I will proudly defend him all day long from your noise.