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.
Why doesn't Gingrich come out for David Harmer in the CA-10, since John Garamendi also doesn't live in the district he's running for?
“Bathory used to bathe in blood of murdered young women, yes?”
Yes, it’s kept her young for 400 years.
She’s now the Speaker of the House, but has moved on to fetal stem cells.
Thank you for that info.
Obviously, if Queen Nancy ran with an ‘R’ beside her name, Newt would support her as the “new face of the Republican Party”....
Them’s smart girls!
Newty, please, STFU!
GOP purge bump for later.........
Newton is right actually. It IS a purge.
A purge of not of a moderate but of a liberal democrat who runs as a Republican (and Acornist Working Family’s marxist).
You are *** damn right I apply a “litmus test” to being a Republican Newt. A simple one, agree with conservative position on an issue ‘at least’ 51-60% of the time. You can’t even do that you’re in the wrong party, period. Dede Scuzzobama and Olympia Snowe aren’t welcome in my party anymore than a burglar is welcome in my home.
Newt is doing the MSM’s job for it on this race. His parroting exactly what NYTimes writers are saying and will continue to say. Feeding the beast and hurting the party in the guise of helping it.
And Newt? Partial Birth Abortion is not “in step” with I don’t think ANY district, a supermajority of Americans think it’s vile.
Newt: “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,”
Upstate New York Republican voters DID NOT GET a choice Newt. Do I think I “know more” than the handful of county bosses that appointed Dede not to mention yourself? I don’t think I do, I know I do, and I find that depressing. You were the architect of the 94 revolution, you should not be so stupid. Now do everyone a favor and shut up and go away before you make it impossible for any conservative Republican to ever remember anything good about you.
Sorry Newt. You are entitled to your opinion, and I would hate to see the democrat win, but you’ve got to draw the line somewhere. I’m not going to vote for or support someone just because they claim to be a republican.
The problem here is Gingrich is attempting to adapt a rodent play, and it won’t work for us. First of all, he’s presuming a leftist fits this district. It’s not a leftist district. That’s the screw up #1. Secondly, let’s presume it is a leftist district and we win with an ultraleft RINO. There’s no guarantee that said RINO will even vote for a GOP Speaker (Gingrich has already forgotten he had to abdicate because there might’ve been enough RINOs in the 1999-2000 Congress that would’ve voted for another individual, putting at risk the Dems winning the Speakership by a plurality). And also the RINO won’t vote for most of our legislation. So, again, you’ve failed to accomplish anything other than electing a person opposed to (in Scozzafava’s case) 85% of the GOP agenda.
But how does it conversely work for the Dems ? Because said “Moderate/Conservative” Dems running in GOP districts are, in fact, lying about being Conservative. As soon as they win, they vote for Pelosi (no Dem has opposed Pelosi for Speaker yet — she even got Dems that refused to vote for Gephardt in prior Congresses, and Gephardt was more moderate), so that disqualifies them as Conservative. And then the bulk of them tend to support the liberal-left Dem agenda no less than 65-70% of the time (for the most moderate) and 90% for most of the rest (if not 100% in some cases - such as the rabid Stalinist Joe Sestak in PA who represents a Republican district).
So in conclusion, “Conservative Democrats” vote liberal and liberal RINOs vote, well, liberal. What do REAL Conservatives get out of this ? To quote Edwin Starr in his song “War”, ‘Absolutely Nothing, Huh !”
Newt.....the numbers say YOU are wrong.
He’s really gone around the bend, hasn’t he.
Newt never learns. Even after being tossed out of office by his RINO friends fueled by his own personal conduct he still won't learn. No wonder the 1995 GOP Congressional takeover was such a pathetic flop. It's not about your precious Party Newt it's about saving this nation and getting elected willing to get the job done. Your -R means nothing to me.
Yup, I remember Jim Buckley...hell of a good Senator.
Gene Taylor voted for Murtha in 2003 and 2005. Once they won the majority though he promptly fell in line and lurched left.
Parker Griffith claims he won’t vote for her again in 2011. Hopefully he won’t get the opportunity to vote at all.
Hey Rabs you apparently are the leader of a “crowd”. ;D
I advocate giving $$$ directly to candidates or PACs you like rather to than to the party.
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