Skip to comments.NY-21: The Mysterious Snub of Tea Party's Joe Gilbert
Posted on 03/13/2014 11:28:05 AM PDT by neverdem
If youve been wondering, New Yorks 21st Congressional District is still in a rotten mess.
Back in January, Democratic Rep. Bill Owens announced he was retiring. The New York Times reported:
Mr. Owens is the latest Democrat whose decision to leave Congress may hurt his partys chances of gaining in the House in November. Democrats have now lost several incumbents in districts where the party is vulnerable to Republican challenges -- including one in Utah and one in North Carolina, both of which the Democrats are expected to lose.
Owens had come to power in 2009 after a special election that followed a harsh ideological war between Republicans and Conservatives. Republicans endorsed moderate Republican Dede Scozzafava, while Conservative/Tea Party voters endorsed a previously unknown accountant named Doug Hoffman.
Conservatives didnt just endorse Hoffman, they clamored around him. Sarah Palin and Tim Pawlenty backed him. Conservative radio talker Laura Ingraham and Rep. Michelle Bachmann talked up Hoffman on Ingrahams radio show. In a nationally followed bitter campaign, Scozzafava dropped out of the race just three days before the election citing spending and an inability to define herself. Most of Hoffmans supporters thought this was a great development, until Scozzafava threw her support behind Democrat Bill Owens -- highlighting a nasty chasm between establishment Republicans and strengthened, confident Tea Party Conservatives.
Owens beat Hoffman by a small margin, possibly boosted by unified labor efforts in the last days of the campaign.
Apparently embracing the label RINO, Scozzafava later joined Gov. Cuomos administration. And, until she withdrew her name in February, she was also the leading candidate for the Democratic nomination to replace Bill Owens...
(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...
I’ll take “Where’s Karl Rove?” for $500 Alex...
RINO can mean Democrat as in that Scozzy case, where is she these days? Working at some lefty foundation?
>>Owens had come to power in 2009 <<
And there in one phrase is what’s wrong with Acirema today.
Why is it that both parties snub down-to-earth, non-politican candidates like veterans? We have served before and are willing to serve again.
James R. McClure Jr
Anti-Federalist Democrat candidate for IN09
Still working for Junior Cuomo as of 2 days ago.