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.
And it’s too bad Newtless doesn’t run for something again. I mean, other than the Presidency (as he’s been doing for a while now).
[Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson] to Newt: We’re not ‘deaf, dumb’
Posted on 10/27/2009 4:45:19 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
It’s not a “purge”, Newt. We simply reject your RINO values. Go apologize to your ex wife or something.
Well I guess then you don’t need my money or my vote. And I don’t need no stinkin’ GOP.
Sorry, I should have said, "rabid pack of subversives."
Newt hasn’t been smart since the last century. The more he talks the more his idiocy surfaces...Never did like him and he just keeps verifying my early opinion of him...JMHO
Absolutely. The biggest beef for most conservatives is that ground rules are so easily bent or broken, and there is a steady drift leftward by Party leadership.
It wouldn't be a surprise at all to see an immediate effort to "moderate" Hoffman and to pull him to the "more civil center" as soon as he is elected. The problem is that the center keeps moving further to the uncivil left in Washington D.C..
I remember clearly. GWB went out and campaigned against Toomey for Spector in 2004. And it paid off because Spector was (even in the 1980s) and is a big spender. And look what Bush had planned for year 5 (2005) perfect for Spector, not for Toomey. Except about 2006 and 2007 the wild spending and debt party was starting to catch up with the economy, inflation , devaluation of the dollar and a very unhappy ending last year.
Rabid, no. But I am definitely a subversive...I work to subvert the globalist, collectivist, anti-American, anti-Constitution, RINO agenda of appeasement of and surrender to the Left.
Of course, we all know who you champion.
poor cedric...cant get over himself...
The republican party left me, I didn't leave the republican party.
No, keep talking, Newt. We need the vermin out in the open where we can see them.
Don’t forget Sessions and Boehner. Apparently they are not only pouring massive new money into DeDe’s campaign in these last days, but also have her campaign HQ fully staffed with their own National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) people, making calls, going door-to-door, etc.
Sessions and Boehner (and the rest of the NRCC executive committee) are even more culpable here than Gingrich and Steele—they’re the ones keeping Dede together behind the scenes.
I know Boehner’s one of these squishy “big tent at all costs” types, but what the heck is Sessions thinking?
Which Sessions are you thinking about? House or senate?
No wonder The Kenyan put McHugh in charge of the army, he's the perfect guy for fags in uniform.
The NY Post said Scozzafava is the hand-picked candidate of former state GOP chairman Joseph Mondello and we have Newt as a subversive as well. When this ends Newt and Mondello will not have changed and will still be silently working in background of the party machinery undermining conservatism. Scozzafava is a puppet to these people. They intentionally hide themselves (Mondello) and/or their backroom deals (Newt?). Until the majority of these DIABLOs are PURGED, conservatism will lose to their picking the candidates: McCain, Scozzafava et al. How it is to come about I don’t know but the party machinery has to have a massive purging of these background figures because they are operating with impunity and feel secure in their anonymity.
Oops, I got Jeff (Senator) and Pete (Rep.) confused. My bad...duh!
I’m no expert on McHugh, but a poster upthread from his district said it’s a lie to say he’s pro-gay marriage and pro-choice.