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.
Newt, leaders stand on principles, which you’ve forgotten. Get out of the way!
Gingrich called Scozzafava a “liberal Republican”.....
Total nonsense. She is ultra left. Loony left
So the GOP leadership in NY is, what? Left-of-center?
Personally I don't know but the fruit of their work is certainly out for all to see.
One problem with people like Scozzafava is that their words and actions lead many to conclude that there is no real difference between the parties. They also provide regular cover for Democrats. Every obnoxious, mistaken, and liberal policy enacted will be described by the MSM as bipartisan because some “prominent” Republican will champion it. How many campaign contributions and votes are lost to the GOP because of the belief that “there's no real difference anyway”?
He is always talking about his 6th(?) wife Callista. He brings her up all the time. What a joke Newt is. Go away RINO.
“Purge” is such a strong term, Newty...I prefer a kinder, gentler term...Like, say, “enema”.
Alright Knewt, here it is. If you can’t beat em, join em.
Get on board or get left behind.
Wait. Leave that global warming baggage on the loading platform.
Newt and the rest of the GOP “leadership” has decided that we are either with them no matter what, or we are their enemy.
They can kiss my hairy butt.
Long overdue. Had this happened back in 2006, we’d be in a much different place right now.
Jealousy is so unbecoming...
"Eye of newt and toe of frog
Wool of bat and tongue of dog
Adder's fork and blind-worm's sting
Lizard's leg and howlet's wing
For a charm of powerful trouble
Like a hell-broth....boil and bubble."
Happy Halloween, Gingwitch!
“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. “
If Scazzafova held conservative positions on 95%, or even 80% of the issues, that might make sense. But she is pro-abortion, pro-bailouts, pro-porkulus, pro-homosexual agenda, pro-tax hikes and endorsed by the Daily Kos. She doesn’t fail a single “litmus test”, she fails nearly all the tests.
I doubt she agrees with conservatives on even 25% of the issues. If elected, she would be far to the left of many Democrat congressmen.
didn't Newt endorse before those others? Why is this reporter trying to rewrite history?
That is the mark of a statist, how dare you support someone from outside the party! You think you have a choice? What do you think this is a democratic Republic or something?
Dear Newt, the Republican party NEEDS purging! We are sick of losing elections!
We aren’t the only ones who are sick of you and your friends telling the rest of us who we should elect just because you made some back door deal!
We had to let Bob Dole run because it was ‘his time’ and John McCain was a real winner wasn’t he?!
Another Conservative Against Mondello
May 1, 2009
Conservative author and former Port Authority head George Marlin is out with a piece criticizing Republican State Party chair Joe Mondello’s performance and telling Republicans that if they are “to become relevant in New York’s political arena, they must dump Mondello and install a new generation of leaders committed to a philosophy of smaller government and lower taxes.”
It’s not particularly surprising that Marlin, a Conservative Party activist who has long been in the business of criticizing Republicans he sees as ideologically compromised, would say this. But his critique is in line with what some prominent local Republicans, including former Assembly Minority Leader John Faso and State Senator Marty Golden, have been saying, and will only provide more ammunition to Republicans who feel that Mondello hasn’t articulated a coherent message since taking over.
Was McHugh a champion of abortion and homosexuality? Did he favor card check?
"So I say to many conservative friends who suddenly decided, whether they're from Minnesota, or Alaksa, or Texas, they know more than the upstate New York Republicans? I don't think so", he added.
The comma after, " . . . decided, . . . ", I think, gives his statement a different meaning. Not to say that what his true meaning is makes what he says any better.
OF COURSE we are conducting a PURGE of the GOP! We’re purging the RINOs!!!!!!!! We’re herding them out of the pasture!
THE GOP IS A CONSERVATIVE PARTY!!!!!!! NO MORE “REACHING-ACROSS-THE-AISLE”, NO MORE RINOS, NO MORE LIBERALS, NO, NO, NO, NO AND NO!!!!!!!!
WE ARE GOING TO STAND ON CONSERVATIVE PRINCIPLES!!!!!! ENOUGH OF THE BELTWAY COUNTRY-CLUB REPUBLICANS!!!!!!
The person who picked her is left of center.
You have to wonder what he’s thinking. Is there any point to Red & Blue ‘teams’ each made up of a mish-mash of ideologies from left to right? That’s pure insanity. I want to belong to a party that upholds our constitution & stands for FREEDOM. Newt, get a clue!!!
He is waging the same kind of war on Conservatives that O is on FOX. The more they resist us the worse it gets for them, only they are arrogant to understand how and why they have lost the power.
They still think they are revalent even after seeing the Tea Party rallies and town hall meetings. They can't take credit for any of this and it scares them.
Conservatives!!! the power is now ours, and it feels good.
(ok...sarcasm off thingee SHOULD BE in this spot....)
TO QUOTE DOC HOLLIDAY:
“IT’S A RECKONING.”
She was all in favor the stimulous plan which no Rep. supported in the House. She had to have her arm twisted to say she's in favor of these things listed above.Newt is either disengenuous or a moron. I think it's the former.
Gee thanks, Newt. Great judgment. Did you do your homework or is this just the direction you'd like to see the GOP heading?
If, as I suspect will be the case, the Democrat wins, Conservatives will be blamed and the establishment view will be reinforced.
Real conservative do have that “urge to purge”. Newt was on Laura Ingram the other day. It was very obvious that he just didn’t get it and apparently still doesn’t. He might not be a full-fledged RINO, but he is part of the Republican Old Guard ESTABLISHMENT. Go away Newt, your time has come and gone.
What is Newt doing with Countess Elizabeth Báthory?
I do see the skin treatments are working on her face.
May your party rest lightly upon you and let posterity forget your commentary.
Last time I checked, Newt doesn't live in the NY Upstate either. So how can he tell everyone else their support of Hoffman is wrong? If Scuzzball had been elected to be the GOP candidate, he might have a point. But she was selected by the party behind closed doors, not by the people in a primary.
Actually in Newt’s letter of support he stated that she is the “new direction of the republican party”.......
“You are next to be purged !! “
He can always get a job as a Nancy boy and help save the planet.
It's hard to retreat from a mistaken strategy if you've already been flushed down the drain, Newt.
We now politely (or not) request that you stand down and go write a book or something.
The actual story is a bit more complicated, and a whole lot uglier than what has been generally reported.
The following link, courtesy of StatenIsland in another thread, is an account of how, in addition to Scozzafava, there were actually eight other GOP prospects vying for the spot, ALL of whom were acceptably conservative and would have been endorsed by the NY Conservative Party, thus guaranteeing a GOP win, except that the GOP committee chairwoman manipulated the voting process to put in her friend, Scozzafava. In fact, Scozzafava was the one the Conservative Party folks specifically told the GOP committee they would not endorse. The ugly truth is that not only were all eight conservative GOP candidates betrayed by a corrupt committee chairwoman, she also betrayed her own committee members.
Here's the link from the TCOT Report:
FUN & STFU
Now, I have a platter of Delectible Twinkies.
May I offer your favorite treat?
You ass is as big as your ego and we are going to pop it
Perfect, we just need a larger one with Sarah sitting their with the big gun ... Nice photo, says it all, vote the rino’s out
>>>Around here, Republican politicians are routinely called RINOs, despite having conservative ratings near or above 80%.<<<
I agree that the RINO label sometimes gets thrown around a little too lightly. However, 80% really isn’t nearly good enough to call someone a conservative. We might have to tolerate some 80 percenters in liberal states and districts, but we should not tolerate them where a real conservative can win.
Also, it makes a big difference which 20% the official disagrees on. Disloyalty or dissent in some areas is tolerable, but in others it is not.
Finally, with the Democrats pushing for such a radical, socialist, weak Ameerica, agenda, right now even a moderate Rebublican should be voting against the Democrats nearly 100% of the time.
Newt has lost it.
It makes 1994 look more like an accident than a brilliance.
IT was a blind man finding gold when he hit the triggers for the majority of the USA.
Newt is just acting like all beltway insiders. Parties are just to get elected and mean nothing. Newt does not get it beyond the effete elites of the beltway.
He is an ivory tower professor these days and acting like an ivory tower professor.
He is right, it is a purge. A purge of left wing nonsense supported by newt.
He has long since left us in Georgia. No, he is an inside the beltway profiteer who is out for himself.
If the R's manage to hold the line on health care issue, then we can blame the Dems for this disaster.
I heard Newtie arrogantly dismiss complaints about Dede by saying “ She won, Hoffman lost “ and then something along the lines of get over it.
I assumed that there had been a primary.
His tripling down on the hand picked ,non primary DIABLO ,
as Steyn calls her ,
is a good thing.
Because maybe it will end his ridiculous mewing about running in 2012.
And purge is too delicate .
What this party needs is a high colonic to flush out all the waste and toxins.
Moles can do a lot of damage. Newt should have seen what happened and gone public with that, not with a "liberal republican."
Thanks for the info and the link.