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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

Why does he keep talking? You made your decision and your point, so shut up already. Really, you don’t see Sarah or the others talking about their decision to endorse every single moment.


21 posted on 10/27/2009 7:50:47 AM PDT by nomoremods
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To: silverleaf

LOL!!


22 posted on 10/27/2009 7:51:28 AM PDT by diamond6 (Is SIDS preventable? www.Stopsidsnow.com)
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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.”

Uh, aren’t you from Georgia?


23 posted on 10/27/2009 7:51:45 AM PDT by VanDeKoik (Iran doesnt have a 2nd admendment. Ya see how that turned out?)
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To: Sub-Driver

There’s only one party in DC - and Hoffman isn’t a member of it.


24 posted on 10/27/2009 7:51:47 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ("If you cannot pick it up and run with it, you don't really own it." -- Robert Heinlein)
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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.

Funny, I don't see Georgia on that list.....

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25 posted on 10/27/2009 7:52:10 AM PDT by hoosier hick (Note to RINOs: We need a choice, not an echo....Barry Goldwater)
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To: Sub-Driver

Call it what you will, Newt, but it’s a WAKE UP CALL!.................


26 posted on 10/27/2009 7:52:21 AM PDT by Red Badger (If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.)
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To: Sub-Driver

“We have not yet begun to purge ...”

“Damn the torpedoes, full purge ahead ...”

“A purge by any other name would still clean the party of RINOS ...”


27 posted on 10/27/2009 7:52:22 AM PDT by eCSMaster
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To: Jewbacca

Newt is smart enough to see it as a purge. His mistake is siding with the party before his country.


28 posted on 10/27/2009 7:52:39 AM PDT by DogBarkTree (Support Sarah. http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/sarahpalin?ref=nf)
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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.

.. and the problem with this is ???

29 posted on 10/27/2009 7:52:45 AM PDT by tx_eggman (Obama has "Czars" because men with more integrity than he has still use the titles "Don" and "Capo")
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To: Obadiah

“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?”

F U Newt!!! I am a conservative living in Texas,I GREW UP(Plattsburgh) and went to college(Oswego) in the 23rd district.

Dede Scozzafava DOES NOT represent the views of the majority of folks in the North Country.

And Newt is clueless as well.


30 posted on 10/27/2009 7:52:55 AM PDT by Le Chien Rouge
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To: Sub-Driver

Newt is a smart guy - not sure how he got so stupid on this issue.


31 posted on 10/27/2009 7:53:04 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: Sub-Driver

When the real purge comes, Newt should be first against the wall. /I keed...or do I?


32 posted on 10/27/2009 7:53:06 AM PDT by thecabal (Destroy Progressivism)
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To: Sub-Driver

Wow, what an astute observation, Newt! Maybe you’re not as dumb as you look.


33 posted on 10/27/2009 7:53:10 AM PDT by rintense (You do not advance conservatism by becoming more liberal. ~ rintense, 2006)
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To: Sub-Driver

Purge of all ACORN supporters.


34 posted on 10/27/2009 7:53:11 AM PDT by Jet Jaguar (A mob of one.)
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To: wny

He really needs to put a lid on it.

He surely realizes he made a serious mistake by endorsing the party’s choice but now his ego won’t allow him to either change his mind or shut up about it.

All reminiscent of the traits that caused me to vote against him while I lived in his district.


35 posted on 10/27/2009 7:53:13 AM PDT by Scanian
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To: Sub-Driver
Gingrich calls GOP support for Hoffman a 'purge'

OK...your point is what?

36 posted on 10/27/2009 7:53:19 AM PDT by markomalley (Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus)
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To: Sub-Driver

Get lost Newt. You screwed the pooch this time and your hysterical rantings trying to absolve yourself are embarrassing. I’ve supported and defended you for years...hoped against hope that you would enter the race last year. No more. I’m sick and tired of your stupid little gadfly games and your flirting with liberals. Just get lost!


37 posted on 10/27/2009 7:53:34 AM PDT by pgkdan ( I miss Ronald Reagan!)
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To: Sub-Driver

GOOD!!


38 posted on 10/27/2009 7:53:59 AM PDT by GeronL (http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com .... I am a rogue nobody. One of millions.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Oh yeah it’s a purge all right. I’ll bet if the GOP purges conservatives they’ll cease to exist in 5 years or less. They’ll cease to become a political force in less time than that.


39 posted on 10/27/2009 7:54:10 AM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: Sub-Driver

“GOP candidate Dede Scozzafava” The GOP is support Dede.

It is the rest of the party that is not. Newt needs to buy a clue on this issue.


40 posted on 10/27/2009 7:54:21 AM PDT by edcoil (If I had 1 cent for every dollar the government saved, Bill Gates and I would be friends.)
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