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.
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.
Newt, go sit on the sofa with pelosi and support global warming, oops, he already did.
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.
Old newty is really bucking for that RINO outreach Czar post in the bammy administration.
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.
Shut up, Newt.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A "purge" is a terrible thing. And I think it's just about time that we had one...
The only thing that was purged from me was my donation to the Hoffman campaign.
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'
He's becoming as narcissistic as Hussein.
There, Newt, I fixed it for you.
No self-respecting used car lot would have him as a salesman.
what gives, Newt? Dede got naked pictures of you with the latest young female aide?
Newt, you asked for it!
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.
“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.”
They don't have to agree 100%, Newt, but is 10% too much to ask?
Well done Newt - managed to work that out by yourself!
Geez, Newt... I’m so hurt... and to think I sent that Hoffman guy a few bucks this morning... damn...
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.
As can be seen by the latest polls being endorsed by a quitter does not help your candidacy.
A RINO purge is such a sweet sound.
From the NY Post article:
“Scozzafava is the hand-picked candidate of former state GOP chairman Joseph Mondello.”
You'd think in Newt's research on G. Washington he'd have learned something.
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.
Electing a lib “republican” is worse than electing a democrat.
Lib “republicans” give “bi-partisan” cover to the looney left to implement socialism.
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.
That RINO in the new york race I agree with about 1%
“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 Obamas Army Secretary.”
Except she is not in-step with John McHugh, who is very pro-life and against gay marriage:
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!
That was my thought too. LOL.
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..
“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!
BIG MESSAGE HERE....
Wants to be POTUS, don't cha know.
Newt, when the establishment candidate is a large blockage of crap, a purge is a perfectly healthy thing for the party.
Ah, my favorite movie: “The Eyes of Kenneth Mars”.
Closet liberal? I wouldn’t be surprised to see him in a feathered boa screeching two octaves higher defending ole’ Scuzzy next.
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.