Speaking of NY23, here is the reply from Newt’s organization to my email asking him where his head is at:
Thank you for writing.
Newt believes the New York 23 special election is a test of whether we respect local parties and local leaders.
There were four local GOP meetings in the 23rd district to decide who the party would nominate. Hoffman and Scozzafava competed in all four. Dede Scozzafava is an elected state representative from the largest county in the district who understands local issues. Doug Hoffman, who does not live in the district, did not finish in the top three in a single meeting. Not surprisingly, the district Republicans picked Scozzafava as their top pick in all four meetings.
Considering it was such a unanimous decision, Newt believes the threshold for the national conservative establishment to try and override their decision ought to be very high.
While there are clearly areas where Dede Scozzafava is not a conservative, there are many areas where she is: she is endorsed by the National Rifle Association, signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, supports keeping the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts permanent, voted against the Governor’s big-spending, tax increase budget, opposes the health care plan being pushed for by President Obama and Nancy Pelosi, opposes cap and trade and energy tax increases, favors an all of the above energy plan that includes more domestic oil and natural gas drilling, and will vote against Nancy Pelosi and for John Boehner for Speaker.
In addition to this fundamental question about respecting local leadership, and not assuming we know better than people who actually live in the district what is best for them, there is also a grave danger in this NY 23 race of establishing the precedent that every faction of the Republican Party can run a third party candidate if they lose a primary or a nominating process. That is a clear road to reelecting President Obama and making Nancy Pelosi Speaker for life. This will only lead to Left-wing government that will harm the country.
Remember, when Newt became Speaker of the House it was in part because Republicans swept the 1993 elections. Three of the four Republican winners that year were moderates - significantly to the left of the conservative Republican base: Riordan was elected mayor of Los Angeles, Whitman as governor of New Jersey, and Giuliani as mayor of New York. George Allen, a conservative, was elected as governor of Virginia.
Furthermore, many of the Republicans elected in the 1994 landslide were moderates, including Nancy Johnson, Tom Campbell, Jim Leach, Chris Shays, Jan Myer, and Jennifer Dunn. They all signed the Contract with America and this coalition of Republicans passed Welfare reform, sealed the fate of HillaryCare, supported NAFTA, passed the first tax cut in 16 years, an increase in defense and intelligence spending, and (despite a Clinton veto that shut down the government) a four-year balanced budget.
In other words, support from moderate Republican elected officials enabled conservative governance, it did not prevent it. This is a lesson we should keep in mind to counter the impulse to force out from the Republican Party anyone who is to the left of conservatives on some issues.
Thank you again for writing and letting us know how you feel.
Here is a link to some recent interviews Newt has had on the topic if you want to know more: http://newt.org/tabid/193/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/4604/Default.aspx
The Newt.org Team
Wow... interesting. Is it really such a big deal that Hoffman doesn’t live in the district? Newt really emphasized that when he recent appeared on Fox News (either on O’Reilly, Hannity or Greta... can’t remember).
Newt doesn’t mention that Dede did NOT get a majority until her assembly buddy switched the vote of her county away from its choice of a conservative candidate to put her DeDe over the top. The rest then pro forma made the nomination by acclamation. She is personally popular, so no one objected. But she is obviously in this for herself. She went also to the Democrats AND the Conservatives. Her selling point: I am a winner. The Conservatives said no and found her so liberal they decided to canvas the other candidates for the nomination. Hoffman was the only one who responded. Many delegates had voted for her blindly, did not even know how she had voted in the assembly. The Conservatives, however, found that she was only about 15% on the issues that concerned them. What’s more, during her career, she has gone progressively to the left. Pure-Jeffords type.
Because, Newt, the issues you cite are governmental, all relating to governance NOT to political parties. The fact the you confuse (or misrepresent) the two speaks volumes.
Hey Newt, that run for President you were considering in 2012 ? Not such a good idea my friend.