Skip to comments.Gingrich calls GOP support for Hoffman a 'purge'
Posted on 10/27/2009 7:45:09 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
Gingrich calls GOP support for Hoffman a 'purge' By Jordan Fabian - 10/27/09 09:47 AM ET
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) late Monday had some choice words for Republicans supporting Conservative Party party candidate Doug Hoffman (N.Y.), accusing them of conducting a "purge" of the GOP.
Many national Republican figures, such as Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-Minn.) and ex-Gov. Sarah Palin (R-Alaska), have backed Hoffman over GOP candidate Dede Scozzafava in the 23rd district's special election this year. The district has been long-held by Republicans, but many conservatives have shied away from Scozzafava for her socially liberal positions and the local GOP's selection process that they say was not transparent.
Gingrich broke the mold and backed Scozzafava, saying her candidacy gave the Republicans the best shot of regaining a congressional majority. The former Speaker faced a push-back from the right after his announcement but he upped the ante on Monday.
"This idea that we're suddenly going to establish litmus tests and all across the country we're going to purge the party of anybody who doesn't agree with us 100 percent; that guarantees Obama's reelection, that guarantees Pelosi as Speaker-for-life," he told Fox News last night.
Gingrich called Scozzafava a "liberal Republican" for her support of gay marriage and abortion rights. But he defended those positions as in-step with her district and her predecessor, former Rep. John McHugh (R-N.Y.), who was tapped to be President Barack Obama's Army Secretary.
But he said that her endorsement from the National Rifle Association, her signing a no tax-increase pledge, and her opposition to cap-and-trade and healthcare reform legislation made her "adquately conservative in an upstate New York district."
Gingrich also attacked Hoffman for not having proper knowledge of local issues and living outside the 23rd district.
"So I say to many conservative friends who suddenly decided whether they're from Minnesota, or Alaska, or Texas, they know more than the upstate New York Republicans? I don't think so," he added.
From the NY Post article:
“Scozzafava is the hand-picked candidate of former state GOP chairman Joseph Mondello.”
You'd think in Newt's research on G. Washington he'd have learned something.
Newt, you egotistical jerk. I hope the conservatives in the GOP are able to put all of the RINOs into the dustbin of history. But what a loaded term you used. We are not going to actually kill any of those people like the Commie’s do in their purges.
Electing a lib “republican” is worse than electing a democrat.
Lib “republicans” give “bi-partisan” cover to the looney left to implement socialism.
He’s trying to kiss up to the party because he hopes they choose him as the RINO that will win the nomination in 2012.
That RINO in the new york race I agree with about 1%
“Gingrich called Scozzafava a liberal Republican for her support of gay marriage and abortion rights. But he defended those positions as in-step with her district and her predecessor, former Rep. John McHugh (R-N.Y.), who was tapped to be President Barack Obamas Army Secretary.”
Except she is not in-step with John McHugh, who is very pro-life and against gay marriage:
And I say to you Newt, you don't know s*** either. You are so out of touch with everyday Americans it's pathetic. Who made Newt the head of anything including conservatives?!
Obviously, upstate New Yorkers agree with your 'conservative friends' from Minnesota, or Alaska, or Texas since Hoffman is leading your socialist candidate appointed by the 'leaders' in the Republican party.
Maybe people are sick and tired of having the 'leaders' of a party pick their candidates!
That was my thought too. LOL.
Newt, Newt, Newt...who would have thought one of the first we’d want to purge would be you?
As soon as you stop thinking in terms of your name as a commercial enterprise- you may remember the principles you used to tout..
“Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) late Monday had some choice words for Republicans supporting Conservative Party party candidate Doug Hoffman (N.Y.), accusing them of conducting a “purge” of the GOP.”
Yes Newt, we are the same folks that CHEERED OUR BACKSIDES OFF when that pr*ck Spectre jumped to the Democrats. We are NOT Repub-likkins, we are CONSERVATIVES....you know, like you USED TO BE!
BIG MESSAGE HERE....
Wants to be POTUS, don't cha know.
Newt, when the establishment candidate is a large blockage of crap, a purge is a perfectly healthy thing for the party.
Ah, my favorite movie: “The Eyes of Kenneth Mars”.
Closet liberal? I wouldn’t be surprised to see him in a feathered boa screeching two octaves higher defending ole’ Scuzzy next.
If Hofmann has a legit shot at winning I’m all for him. But Newt is right that going the third party route is the way to screw yourself.
Take a look at Jersey where the “Independent” joker is siphoning off votes from Christie in tight race against a terrible Democrat.