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Gingrich calls GOP support for Hoffman a 'purge'
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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.


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: gingrich; hoffman; newt; ny23; rinopurge; scozzafava; whigpartyii
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To: Sub-Driver

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51 posted on 10/27/2009 7:55:47 AM PDT by Lando Lincoln
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To: Sub-Driver
"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.

100 percent? Try five percent, Newt. Try a GOP candidate so liberal that DailyKos endorsed her.

Forum rules forbid me from saying what I really think about Newt's spin on this.

52 posted on 10/27/2009 7:56:12 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: 2banana

Newt, go sit on the sofa with pelosi and support global warming, oops, he already did.


53 posted on 10/27/2009 7:56:34 AM PDT by Citizen Soldier (Just got up from Bedroomshire)
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To: Sub-Driver

The government is like a Bulimic teenage girl, after binging itself on the chocolate of government spending there must be a purge of all the excess she has incurred.

Newt, you moron, the revolution of 1994 was due to the People’s thirst for ideals in the “contract with America” but you idiots got the power and soon you yourselves were drunk with it. The contract with America was conservative ideals, the main reason we lost the election in 1996 was the RINO milquetoast candidate that was Bob Dole.

We the people thirst for conservatism, wake the hell up Newt.


54 posted on 10/27/2009 7:56:36 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: Sub-Driver

Old newty is really bucking for that RINO outreach Czar post in the bammy administration.


55 posted on 10/27/2009 7:56:42 AM PDT by Dr.Zoidberg (Warning: Sarcasm/humor is always engaged. Failure to recognize this may lead to misunderstandings.)
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To: Sub-Driver

for her socially liberal positions

Her positions not just socially liberal. They are liberal in EVERY sense of the word. The author uses this word because he knows it drives a wedge between conservatives and he wants to start a fight.


56 posted on 10/27/2009 7:56:51 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Sub-Driver

Shut up, Newt.


57 posted on 10/27/2009 7:57:07 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Sub-Driver

In a ‘normal’ process...
I would encourage all efforts to purge the rinos in the primary elections;
while ultimately backing the most conservative candidate available in the final election.

This race in the NY 23rd district is a special case.
There was no primary; the GOP ‘selected’ the wrong horse; and
the ‘leadership’ is apparently too proud to admit their mistake.


58 posted on 10/27/2009 7:57:17 AM PDT by Repeal The 17th (I AM JIM THOMPSON!)
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To: Sub-Driver

What a cry baby. Because he has been spending time on the couch with Miz Pelosi, he obviously doesn’t know what’s going on in the country.


59 posted on 10/27/2009 7:57:27 AM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: hoosier hick

Newt is for Newt, exclusively. An Opportunistic, self important, self-aggrandizing blowhard, is Newt. In any other world this man would have been a used car salesman, and would have written a book about it.


60 posted on 10/27/2009 7:58:36 AM PDT by Carl from Marietta
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To: Sub-Driver; PhilDragoo
Newt, your 15 minutes of usefulness expired over a decade ago. Get off tv and stop writing unless you become a full blown rat.


61 posted on 10/27/2009 7:58:52 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Does 0b0z0 have any friends, who aren't traitors, spies, tax cheats and criminals?)
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To: Sub-Driver

There’s always been litmus tests, Newt, get over it. When the ‘rats ejected Liberman from their party it seemed they were narrowing down - did that ejection hurt them? Did it keep them from retaking control of the branches of government? Newt thinking the GOP can win with a demoralized, apathetic base is where the real problem lies.


63 posted on 10/27/2009 7:59:22 AM PDT by eclecticEel (The Most High rules in the kingdom of men ... and sets over it the basest of men.)
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To: Sub-Driver


Makes sense to purge after such a binge Newt. Wake up!
64 posted on 10/27/2009 7:59:50 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Sub-Driver

A "purge" is a terrible thing. And I think it's just about time that we had one...

65 posted on 10/27/2009 8:00:03 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: Sub-Driver

The only thing that was purged from me was my donation to the Hoffman campaign.


66 posted on 10/27/2009 8:00:05 AM PDT by Patrioticdale
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To: wildandcrazyrussian
Hey Newt, THERE WAS NO PRIMARY ELECTION, so the NY Republicans had no choice as to who was hand-picked to be the candidate.

Who actually did pick this person? Are there names and associated histories available? Maybe we can find out some interesting facts regarding why a left-of-center "republican" ended up on the ticket, especially with Newt supporting them... just sayin'

67 posted on 10/27/2009 8:00:33 AM PDT by paulycy (Predatory Pricing = Public Option = Unethical Competition.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Newt just can't get over the notion that he's the smartest guy in the room and must always have the last word.

He's becoming as narcissistic as Hussein.

68 posted on 10/27/2009 8:00:43 AM PDT by Madame Dufarge
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To: Sub-Driver
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 crediting them with conducting a "purge" of the GOP.

There, Newt, I fixed it for you.

69 posted on 10/27/2009 8:00:52 AM PDT by FourPeas (Why does Professor Presbury's wolfhound, Roy, endeavour to bite him?)
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To: Carl from Marietta

No self-respecting used car lot would have him as a salesman.


70 posted on 10/27/2009 8:00:53 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: Sub-Driver

what gives, Newt? Dede got naked pictures of you with the latest young female aide?


71 posted on 10/27/2009 8:01:21 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Sub-Driver

Newt, you asked for it!

72 posted on 10/27/2009 8:01:26 AM PDT by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: Sub-Driver
Gingrich also attacked Hoffman for not having proper knowledge of local issues and living outside the 23rd district.

Newt has gone beyond supporting his "Republican" candidate and is now trying to destroy the true conservative candidate. And mostly because Newt's own reputation is at stake. If anyone had any remaining doubts about what a self-serving SOB Newt is, his comments during this campaign should wipe them out.


73 posted on 10/27/2009 8:01:30 AM PDT by Cinnamontea
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To: Sub-Driver

“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.”


An outright lie. John McHugh should sue Gingrich for defamation.


74 posted on 10/27/2009 8:02:46 AM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he will protect you?)
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To: Sub-Driver
"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.

They don't have to agree 100%, Newt, but is 10% too much to ask?

75 posted on 10/27/2009 8:02:47 AM PDT by nina0113
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To: Sub-Driver

Well done Newt - managed to work that out by yourself!


76 posted on 10/27/2009 8:03:07 AM PDT by Free_at_last_-2001 (A country can survive its fools, but it cannot survive treason from within.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Geez, Newt... I’m so hurt... and to think I sent that Hoffman guy a few bucks this morning... damn...


77 posted on 10/27/2009 8:03:11 AM PDT by badgerlandjim (Hillary Clinton is to politics as Helen Thomas is to beauty.)
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To: Sub-Driver
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.

scazzafoza's ""harmony" with McHugh is not the be all and end all that Newt makes it out to be. That kind of song is the problem in the first instance. Once somebody like McHugh is in - he is in forever. Newt is making the kind of bootstrapping argument that preserves the status quo. He is wrong - let the voters decide.

78 posted on 10/27/2009 8:03:41 AM PDT by frithguild (Can I drill your head now?)
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To: Sub-Driver

As can be seen by the latest polls being endorsed by a quitter does not help your candidacy.


79 posted on 10/27/2009 8:04:06 AM PDT by Pan_Yan (All gray areas are fabrications.)
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To: Sub-Driver

A RINO purge is such a sweet sound.


80 posted on 10/27/2009 8:04:10 AM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: paulycy

From the NY Post article:

“Scozzafava is the hand-picked candidate of former state GOP chairman Joseph Mondello.”


81 posted on 10/27/2009 8:04:15 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: Sub-Driver
So if the republican supports abortion, homosexual marriage and whatever looney leftist position there is, why should anyone vote for her over the liberal democrat running against her? Is Newt totally dense or has he been bought off? It's his kind of thinking that's turned the GOP into a minority party. If it wasn't for the wishy-washy go-along-to-get-along approach of the last GOP candidate we wouldn't be faced with a Kenyan Marxist usurper in the WH along with a socialist majority in congress. Yeah Newt, keep supporting RINO's and you'll compromise us right out of our sovereignty.

You'd think in Newt's research on G. Washington he'd have learned something.

82 posted on 10/27/2009 8:04:19 AM PDT by YankeeReb
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To: Sub-Driver

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.


83 posted on 10/27/2009 8:04:42 AM PDT by Truth is a Weapon (Truth, it hurts soooo good!)
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To: YankeeReb

Electing a lib “republican” is worse than electing a democrat.

Lib “republicans” give “bi-partisan” cover to the looney left to implement socialism.


84 posted on 10/27/2009 8:05:39 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: DogBarkTree

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.


85 posted on 10/27/2009 8:05:41 AM PDT by murron (Proud Mom of a Former Marine)
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To: Sub-Driver
I dont have to agree with a candidate 100% but I would prefer to agree with them at least 50%.

That RINO in the new york race I agree with about 1%

86 posted on 10/27/2009 8:05:50 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied, the economy died)
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To: TheNewPundit

“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.”

Except she is not in-step with John McHugh, who is very pro-life and against gay marriage:

http://www.ontheissues.org/NY/John_McHugh.htm


87 posted on 10/27/2009 8:05:56 AM PDT by Labyrinthos
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To: Sub-Driver
"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.

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!

88 posted on 10/27/2009 8:06:00 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: VanDeKoik

That was my thought too. LOL.


89 posted on 10/27/2009 8:06:01 AM PDT by stevio (Crunchy Con - God, guns, guts, and organically grown crunchy nuts.)
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To: Sub-Driver

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..


90 posted on 10/27/2009 8:06:29 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: Sub-Driver

“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!


91 posted on 10/27/2009 8:06:46 AM PDT by Grunthor (Thank YOU George Bush, for giving us the GOP of today!)
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To: 2banana
YESSS!!!

BIG MESSAGE HERE....

PURGE ALL RINOs

Let the enemy go to the 'other side' of the fence then, so we can see them clear and well!
92 posted on 10/27/2009 8:07:06 AM PDT by LibFreeUSA
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To: PGR88
Newt is a smart guy - not sure how he got so stupid on this issue.

Wants to be POTUS, don't cha know.

93 posted on 10/27/2009 8:07:41 AM PDT by shiva
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To: Sub-Driver

Newt, when the establishment candidate is a large blockage of crap, a purge is a perfectly healthy thing for the party.


94 posted on 10/27/2009 8:08:14 AM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: andy58-in-nh

Ah, my favorite movie: “The Eyes of Kenneth Mars”.


95 posted on 10/27/2009 8:08:24 AM PDT by Carl LaFong (Experts say experts should be ignored.)
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To: Sub-Driver
accusing them of conducting a "purge" of the GOP

We can only hope the urge for a purge is about to surge ... Bring it on !!
96 posted on 10/27/2009 8:08:37 AM PDT by Scythian
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To: Jewbacca
"I remember when Gingrich was smart."

I think he chose the "frontal lobotomy" instead of the "bottle-in-front-a-me."

(Apologies to Tom Waits)
97 posted on 10/27/2009 8:09:19 AM PDT by shibumi (" ..... then we will fight in the shade.")
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To: prairiebreeze

Closet liberal? I wouldn’t be surprised to see him in a feathered boa screeching two octaves higher defending ole’ Scuzzy next.


98 posted on 10/27/2009 8:09:22 AM PDT by stevio (Crunchy Con - God, guns, guts, and organically grown crunchy nuts.)
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To: PGR88

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.


99 posted on 10/27/2009 8:09:41 AM PDT by Callahan
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To: Sub-Driver
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100 posted on 10/27/2009 8:09:56 AM PDT by rfp1234
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