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  • Newt Gingrich : 2014-07-11 : The Bad Neighbor Policy -- Playing Americans for Fools

    07/11/2014 5:51:43 PM PDT · by Patton@Bastogne · 21 replies
    Newt Gingrich ^ | 2014-07-11 | Newt Gingrich
    . July 11, 2014 Newt Gingrich : The Bad Neighbor Policy -- Playing Americans for Fools ===================================================== Guatemala and Mexico agreed this week to make it even easier for people to show up at the American border. That's right: EASIER. After all the public outcry against thousands of foreigners crossing our border, you might have thought the Mexican government would help stop the wave of people traversing Mexico to get to Texas. That would be a good neighbor policy. On Monday, however, the presidents of Guatemala and Mexico met to announce a new policy of making it easier and more...
  • Bill Owens to Retire From Congress (liberal republican Scozzafava endorsed, remember?)

    01/14/2014 10:19:20 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 23 replies ^ | 1/14/14 | Abby Livingston
    Updated 12:30 PM | Rep. Bill Owens, D-N.Y., announced Tuesday that he will retire from Congress after just two full terms. “After careful thought and consideration, I have decided not to seek re-election for the 21st Congressional District this November,” he wrote in a news release. “It has truly been a privilege to serve, and I plan on continuing to work for a brighter future for the region.” Owens faced a somewhat competitive race against former Bush White House staffer Elise Stefanik. Republicans view the now-open seat in upstate New York as a potential pickup opportunity in 2014. In 2012,...
  • House...Board finds “substantial reason...” Rep. Owens (D-NY21 ) illegally accepted foreign gifts

    02/06/2013 4:57:29 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 8 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 6:04pm | Posted by William A. Jacobson  
    The Board of the Office of Congressional Ethics  just released findings (with extensive evidentiary supporting documents) that there is “substantial reason to believe” Rep. Bill Owens (D-NY21) violated federal law and House Rules in connection with a trip to Taiwan (emphasis added): NATURE OF THE ALLEGED VIOLATIONS: Representative Bill Owens may have accepted payment of travel expenses for an officially connected trip to Taiwan from an impermissible source, resulting in an impermissible gift, in violation of federal law and House Rules. Representative Owens may have accepted payment of travel expenses for an officially connected trip to Taiwan, when that trip was in some part planned,...
  • Republicans to march alongside Democrat Owens in Sunday parade

    08/31/2012 5:14:09 AM PDT · by kevcol · 5 replies
    PORT HENRY -- U.S. Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh, will march with two well-known area Republicans in the Port Henry Labor Day Parade on Sunday, his campaign announced. State Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward, R-Willsboro, and Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava, a Republican, will march with Owens in the parade that begins at 1 p.m. Sunday at Broad Street. “Bill is devoted to the North County. ... I think he’s done a really terrific job in Washington,”
  • I too dreamed of trashing Newt in my maidenform undies but woke to the zot.

    01/21/2012 10:03:52 PM PST · by restornu · 191 replies
    SummaryIn 2009, Congressman Gingrich supported a candidate for a special election for the 23rd district in New York that was pro-choice, pro gay marriage and supportive of numerous other items that most Republicans opposes. A more conservative candidate was available, but did not win a primary that consisted of a vote by 11 district members and not a public vote. Congressman Gingrich came out in suppport for Mrs Scozzafava as she was the selected candidate for the Republican party. He asserted that many of her principles were in line with the Republican party. He appeared on numerous radio shows to...
  • Gingrich Explains Scozzafava Endorsement, Slams Right-Wing Critics (Flashback)

    11/14/2011 4:47:34 PM PST · by parksstp · 53 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | 11-14-2011 | Eric Kleefeld
    Newt Gingrich has put up a new blog post, responding to right-wing criticism for his endorsement of moderate Republican candidate Dede Scozzafava in the NY-23 special election, instead of Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman.
  • When Gingrich Speaks, Remember Hoffman & Scozzafava

    05/21/2011 2:50:19 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 34 replies
    5/21/2011 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Gingrich rips Paul Ryan's plan, then backpedals... Gingrich backed RINO establishment candidate Scozzafava (who later withdrew and threw her support to the Democrat candidate) instead of giving his support to the independent conservative, Hoffman, back during the 2009 special election; then Gingrich backpedaled over that. Winks and nods to the Republican and Democrat establishment followed by grinning mea culpas for the benefit of conservatives. Par for the course...
  • Former GOP Assemblywoman Gets Hired By Cuomo (Scozzafava)

    01/06/2011 1:01:56 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 8 replies
    Former Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava, a Republican, has been appointed to a medium-level position in the Cuomo administration. Scozzafava, who supported Andrew Cuomo in his run for Governor -- and a second Democrat, a Congressional candidate, two years ago -- has been appointed the deputy secretary for local government, a job at the Department of State. No word on what her salary is.
  • DIABLO Turncoat Dede Scozzafava Paid Back Promptly by Democrats... with a Job!

    01/06/2011 3:46:07 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 4 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | January 6, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    After dropping out of a 3-way congressional race to endorse the Democrat over NY Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman in NY-23 back in 2009, Dede Scozzafava has gotten her payback- a cush appointment from Democratic NY Governor Andrew Cuomo. For many of us, the way the RNC was comprehensively out-witted and out-maneuvered by the unprincipled and ruthless Democrats came as a bit of a shock... and an early indicator that Michael Steele was really not up to the job in the face of a Chicago-Machine-style full court press in this country. Dede Scozzafava -after taking over a million dollars in GOP campaign cash- appeared...
  • GOP Party Unity? Not So Much

    09/23/2010 9:12:51 AM PDT · by Stoutcat · 1 replies
    Grand Rants ^ | 09-23-10 | Stoutcat
    With Republicans set to make what might be record gains in the mid-term elections, I can’t help but reflect that we seem to be saddled with the sorriest bunch of sore losers ever seen within a political party... ...Dede Scozzafava: Sore loser and traitor. ...Mike Castle: Sore loser and flip-flopper. ...Lisa Murkowski: Sore loser, party traitor, and possible blackmailer. And those are just a few. Ed Morrissey wrote a great article for the Washington Times last week, outlining many more in the Sore Loser Party, ending with the following gem: “If the Republican Party wants to survive, let alone succeed,...
  • Long Scozzafavas Doheny (Doug Hoffman's opponent Matt Doheny is a Scozzafava Republican)

    09/12/2010 12:08:59 PM PDT · by JimWayne · 6 replies
    Long notes Doheny called Scozzafava “terrific” in a July 23, 2009 Watertown Times article and pledged to do “everything I can for her and more.” He subsequently contributed $2,400 to Scozzafava’s campaign – the maximum allowed by law.
  • The Unrepentant Republican Party

    08/27/2010 12:28:43 AM PDT · by neverdem · 39 replies
    Americant Thinker ^ | August 26, 2010 | Sam Foster
    English novelist George Eliot once penned the following: "Iteration, like friction, is likely to generate heat instead of progress." Albert Einstein famously quipped, "insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."  There are more than a few famous quotes on the destructive nature inherent in the repetition of foolish behavior. What is to be said for the way in which the Republican Party is actively pursuing a repeat of last November's special election for NY's 23rd Congressional District? If you were outraged at Dede Scozzafava, wait until you see their latest candidate, Matt Doheny. It...
  • GOP Faces Possible NY 23 Repeat

    06/21/2010 2:14:07 PM PDT · by randita · 20 replies
    Hotline On Call ^ | 6/21/10 | Reid Wilson
    GOP Faces Possible NY 23 Repeat June 21, 2010 3:09 PM By Reid Wilson GOPers stung by a divisive intra-party battle last fall face the prospect of a split party, once again, in the race for an upstate NY House seat that should favor the minority. Last Nov., Rep. Bill Owens (D) won Army Sec. John McHugh's seat with just 48.3% of the vote. Still, it was enough to win after Assemb. Dede Scozzafava (R) and accountant Doug Hoffman, running on the Conservative Party line, split the GOP vote. After Hoffman attacked Scozzafava's moderate -- GOPers backing Hoffman labeled her...
  • Dede Scozzafava will not seek re-election (Good riddance)

    04/21/2010 12:08:22 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 34 replies · 688+ views
    Watertown Daily News ^ | 4/21/10 | JUDE SEYMOUR
    Six months after losing a bruising battle for the 23rd Congressional District seat, Dierdre K. Scozzafava has decided to take a break from politics. The Gouverneur resident said Wednesday she will not seek a seventh term in the 122nd Assembly District. “If you go back to the run for Congress, I was really looking to do something different and go in a different direction and be challenged differently,” the Republican said Wednesday. “That hasn’t changed. As much as I’ve enjoyed my time in the state Assembly, I think it’s time for me to take a breather and go in a...
  • Because she endorsed a Democrat, Republican Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava may face primary challenge

    03/29/2010 7:21:33 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 37 replies · 1,927+ views
    The Post-Standard-Syracuse NY ^ | March 29, 2010, 6:00AM | By Mike McAndrew
    Watertown, NY - In her six campaigns for Assembly, Dede Scozzafava has never had a close call. But that was before the North Country Republican became national news by dropping out of a 23rd Congressional District race in November and throwing her support to a Democrat, instead of to Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman. With Scozzafava’s backing, Bill Owens won the special election, becoming the first Democratic congressman since the Civil War to represent that 11-county region of Northern and Central New York. Four months later, fallout from the congressional race is threatening Scozzafava’s political future. She is mulling whether...
  • U.S. Rep. Bill Owens says he will vote for health care reform Sunday

    03/20/2010 9:15:56 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 28 replies · 1,766+ views
    The Post-Standard Syracuse NY ^ | March 20, 2010, 11:06AM | Mark Weiner
    WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Bill Owens, saying he feared "dire consequences" if nothing is done to reform the nation's health care system, said today he will vote for President Obama's sweeping plan when it comes to a vote Sunday. "This has been a difficult decision, one that I have taken very seriously," Owens said in a conference call with reporters this morning. "One of the questions that weighed very heavily on mind is what happens if we do nothing," Owens said. He said he was convinced there would be "dire consequences" with skyrocketing health insurance premium costs. Owens, D-Plattsburgh, said...
  • Scozzafava to speak at gay rights rally

    02/17/2010 6:41:35 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 13 replies · 384+ views
    The Daily Times, Watertown, NY ^ | 2010-02-08 | Alex Jacobs
    POTSDAM — Assemblywoman Dierdre K. Scozzafava will be the keynote speaker at a gay rights rally being held at SUNY Potsdam this week. The rally, which will be open to the public, is sponsored by Standing on the Side of Love, a national campaign organized by the Unitarian Universalist Association. "This is a reimagining of Valentine's Day as a day and a time of acceptance, tolerance and understanding for everyone," said Austin J. Kenyon, who is organizing the campus event. "The main focus of the event is love and same-sex marriage." The college's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Association also...
  • Gingrich: I was wrong to endorse Scozzafava

    02/01/2010 1:07:31 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 84 replies · 1,525+ views
    Gingrich: I was wrong to endorse Scozzafava By Eric Zimmermann - 02/01/10 03:42 PM ET Newt Gingrich says he regrets endorsing Dede Scozzafava in the hotly contested primary for the NY-23 congressional district in November. Scozzafava was criticized by many national Republicans for being too liberal. She eventually dropped out of the race and endorsed Democrat Bill Owens, who eeked out a victory. "She turned out to be a huge disappointment, and she turned out not to be frankly a loyal Republican," Gingrich told an interviewer in New Hampshire this weekend. The former speaker added that conservatives who criticized his...
  • Scott Brown is a more liberal Republican than Dede Scozzafava (so says Chicago Liberal professor)

    01/15/2010 7:06:37 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 86 replies · 2,284+ views
    Boris Shor's Web log ^ | 01/15/2010 | Boris Shor, Ph.D
    A special Senate election is being held next Tuesday in Massachusetts to finish Edward Kennedy’s term. The candidates are Martha Coakley (D), and State Senator Scott P. Brown (R). The election is particularly noteworthy for a number of reasons. First, recent polls show Brown matching or even exceeding Coakley’s electoral support, in one of the most liberal states in the entire country (and one that hasn’t elected a Republican in four decades). See’s aggregation of polls here, and Intrade’s political market for the election here. Second, the consequences of a Brown victory could be the derailment of the Democratic...
  • Women and the GOP: No problem.

    12/12/2009 5:00:41 PM PST · by rhema · 19 replies · 965+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 12/21/2009 | Mary Katharine Ham
    In early November, Democratic representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida accused House Republicans of giving women "back-of-the-hand treatment" during a parliamentary dust-up over a health care debate. Her ridiculous rhetoric, about what amounted to a heated argument, happened to coincide with the media blitz of newly ordained press darling Dede Scozzafava, playing the role of mistreated moderate woman ousted from the Republican party by rabid conservatives because of her views on social issues. And thus a storyline was born. The Politico's coverage led the way, under the headline, "The GOP's women problem": Conservatives say they pushed Dede Scozzafava out of...
  • NY-23: Time for Dede to Face the Nation... What Will She Say? (Scozzafava's upcoming CBS appearance)

    11/28/2009 1:08:02 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 27 replies · 1,221+ views
    The Governeur Times, Governeur, NY ^ | 2009-11-28 | Jeff Graham
    What should Diedre Scozzafava want to accomplish by Sunday's appearance on Face the Nation on CBS? Is it just another post-election 'poor poor pitiful me' about being beat up by tea party thugs led by Dick Armey, who will be on the same show? Well, I hope not. Ms. Scozzafava knows politics aint bean bag and there is something for all to learn from the NY23 GOP meltdown. In retrospect, which is a lot like hindsight, Ms. Scozzafava was not the best hope for North Country Republicans and her selection by a handful of county chairs was another example of...
  • NY-23 2010: Hoffman officially trains his sights on 2010

    11/28/2009 10:06:03 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 15 replies · 637+ views
    (CNN) - The battle for NY-23 is over. The battle for NY-23 has just begun. After conceding the congressional race to Democrat Bill Owens for the second time in the district’s special congressional election, Doug Hoffman has announced the launch of his 2010 campaign for the seat. “So where to now? Full speed ahead to 2010,” the 2009 Conservative Party nominee told supporters in a message posted on his campaign’s Web site. “Although I’m conceding an election today, I do it with the certainty that we will win back this seat a year from now.”
  • Hoffman alleges vote fraud in NY 23

    11/18/2009 9:55:02 PM PST · by kingattax · 65 replies · 4,306+ views
    Politico ^ | November 18, 2009 | Josh Kraushaar
    Even as he faces near-impossible odds of pulling ahead in the count, Doug Hoffman announced Wednesday night that he is officially revoking his concession from Election Night, and is accusing labor unions and ACORN of stealing the election for Rep. Bill Owens (D-N.Y.). Hoffman posted a message on his campaign site Wednesday alleging dirty tricks by Democrats, and is asking for additional campaign contributions to fund a legal challenge to the election results. “As evidence surfaces, we find out that reported results from election night were far from accurate. ACORN and the unions did their best to try and sway...
  • Deroy Murdock: Dede Scozzafava Is No GOP Moderate - She is a donkey in an elephant costume.

    11/16/2009 8:10:38 AM PST · by neverdem · 8 replies · 640+ views
    National Review Online ^ | November 16, 2009 | Deroy Murdock
    November 16, 2009, 4:00 a.m. Dede Scozzafava Is No GOP ModerateShe is a donkey in an elephant costume. By Deroy Murdock Re-canvassed votes in upstate New York’s 23rd Congressional District foreshadow the second coming of third-party candidate Doug Hoffman. As Mark Weiner of the Syracuse Post-Standard reported Thursday morning, Conservative nominee Hoffman’s 5,335-vote deficit behind Democrat Bill Owens has shrunk to just 3,026 after Election Night tabulation errors were corrected. Some 10,200 absentee ballots remain uncounted. State Board of Elections spokesman John Conklin told Weiner, “All ballots will be counted, and if the result changes, Owens will have to...
  • Not so fast! Recanvass gives Hoffman hope in NY-23

    11/12/2009 3:23:05 PM PST · by STARWISE · 29 replies · 1,954+ views
    Politico ^ | 11-12-09 | Glenn Thrush
    A recanvassing of votes cast in the highly contested NY-23 race shows that the 5,335-vote lead once enjoyed by Rep.-for-now Bill Owens, the Democrat, has narrowed to about 3,000 with another 10,000 absentee ballot uncounted. Owens, who was sworn in last week, was one of 220 Dems to vote give the majority a narrow victory on health care reform. UPDATE: Josh Kraushaar, who has been following this closely, says Conservative Party boss Mike Long thinks Owens is going to win at the end of the day -- because only about 5,400 absentees have been returned. The Syracuse Post-Standard: But Hoffman’s...
  • Here's a hard truth for the hard right

    11/11/2009 3:41:35 PM PST · by EveningStar · 92 replies · 3,071+ views
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | November 8, 2009 | Michael Smerconish
    Who is Dede Scozzfava? ... "This is my party, too," she insisted. "There are a lot of moderate people - Republicans, like me - and I'm hearing from an awful lot of them. And I think the Republican Party needs to know if they don't have room for us and they don't want us working with them, we're going to find a way to work against them." She acknowledged that many in the GOP would differ with her support for abortion rights and same-sex marriage. But she maintained that she approached those views from a conservative vantage point - a...
  • Dede Scozzafava vs. Sarah Palin: The Scapegoat Once Again

    11/11/2009 12:21:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies · 962+ views
    The Admonition ^ | November 11, 2009 | Tilman Walker
    Looking for a scapegoat for her poor showing in New York’s 23rd Congressional race, Dede Scozzafava has chosen every liberals favorite, Sarah Palin. Scozzafava in an interview slammed Sarah Palin for “attacking” her, when in reality Palin only endorsed her opponent Doug Hoffman. But then again to liberals if you don’t support them you’re attacking them. I love the way the media is describing Dede Scozzafava even now; they say she’s a “moderate” Republican. CNN describes her as the “face of moderate republicanism”; refusing to call Scozzafava what she is, a liberal. Sarah Palin simply chose principle over party; Dede...
  • Scozzafava Repeat In California?

    11/11/2009 11:19:55 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 39 replies · 1,564+ views ^ | 11/10/2009 | Jillian Bandes
    With memories of NY-23 fresh in the minds of conservative activists, the fight over California’s GOP Senate nominee to potentially unseat Barbara Boxer has turned into a game of “who is conservative enough?” Carly Fiorina is playing defense. “I've been called all sorts of things, so I prefer to just tell you what I am,” said Fiorina, in a recent interview with Flash Report. “I am a fiscal conservative. I hold conservative values…I believe that life begins at conception.” That would seem pretty straightforward – until you talk to Chuck DeVore. “She is a big government Republican. Pure and simple....
  • 'Scozzafava' Turns Into Epithet [Gigabarf Alert!]

    11/10/2009 6:26:34 AM PST · by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus · 25 replies · 801+ views
    Washington Compost ^ | 10 Nov 2009 | Jason Horowitz
    Over Halloween weekend, Dede Scozzafava morphed from a rosy-cheeked Republican mom to a political figure of speech. "My name's a verb now," she said. A little-known state assemblywoman with moderate Republican views and a mouthful of a surname, Scozzafava's bid for an open seat in New York's 23rd Congressional District drew trash talk from conservative leaders hoping to purge her from the party, mash notes from White House-dispatched Democratic suitors that included Bill Clinton, and the unblinking gaze of political professionals fascinated by her role as the problem child for a dysfunctional Republican Party. Even as she now hopes to...
  • Scozzafava Resigns From Republican Assembly Leadership Post

    11/09/2009 7:16:17 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 57 replies · 2,619+ views ^ | Nov. 9, 2009
    North country Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava has resigned from her leadership position in the state Assembly. In a prepared statement, Republican Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb said he accepted her resignation as Minority Leader Pro Tempore. Just before last week's election, Scozzafava dropped out of the Congressional race and backed the Democrat, Bill Owens, who went on to win. Scozzafava met Monday to discuss her actions. Many have argued that Scozzafava's last-minute endorsement of Owens gave him the Congressional win. “Today, I had a thorough and frank discussion with Assemblywoman Scozzafava. As a result, Dede has tendered, and I accepted, her...
  • Learning the Right Lessons From Tuesday’s Results (Finally, Scozzafava is called a liberal.)

    11/09/2009 11:43:06 AM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies · 737+ views
    Roll Call ^ | Nov. 9, 2009 | Stuart Rothenberg
    Everyone and his brother has opinions about what happened on Tuesday, but not all assessments are equally correct, just as not all of the descriptions of the contests, while they were in progress, were equally on the mark. What were some of the mistakes and mischaracterizations during the campaigns and after the voting? One of the worst, I thought, was the widespread characterization of Dede Scozzafava, the Republican nominee in New York’s 23rd district, as a moderate. I realize that those of us in the media use that term to distinguish certain Republicans and Democrats from their more ideologically consistent...
  • Who lost the NY 23 for the GOP?

    11/08/2009 4:06:12 AM PST · by Scanian · 48 replies · 1,590+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | November 08, 2009 | Rosslyn Smith
    Having been in the position of watching my favored candidate stumble badly in an endorsement session while a more liberal Republican alternative hit all the right notes, I reserved my opinion on the goings-on in the recent Congressional race in New York's 23 Congressional District. Now that it is over, I have concluded that while the local Republican Party leadership's endorsement of Dede Scozzafava may have been a what-in-the-world-were-they-thinking moment, I suspect that many would now be saying, "Can't they do any better than this?", had they had endorsed Doug Hoffman from the beginning. While Hoffman may have hit most...
  • She's Carly Fiorina; "California's Scozzafava"

    11/06/2009 11:26:46 PM PST · by UAConservative · 11 replies · 999+ views
    Hogue News (blog) ^ | November 5, 2009 | Eric Hogue
    The charge that State Assemblyman Churck DeVore is making; “don’t be fooled again”. California has its own Dede Scozzafava in the GOP’s newest candidate, Carly Fiorina. On Thursday afternoon I spoke with Assemblyman Chuck DeVore, candidate for US Senate himself. A day after Carly Fiorina’s launch into the primary race, DeVore reiterated his charge that she is a moderate, a centrist, and a pragmatic individual – who has waffled on major issues and decided that voting is something beneath her. DeVore is ready to rumble; he made clear his charges that Carly Fiorina is a close proximity to New York’s...
  • The Armies of the Right

    11/06/2009 8:41:11 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 2 replies · 258+ views
    Belmont Club ^ | November 2nd, 2009 7:25 pm | none stated
    Political pundits were divided over the significance of Doug Hoffman’s successful bid to grab the “conservative” banner from Dede Scozzafava in the race for New York’s 23rd Congressional District. Scozzafava withdrew after finding herself trailing badly in three way polls between Hoffman and Democratic Candidate Bill Owens. The National Review saw Scozzafava’s defeat as the “first Republican scalp” of the Tea Party Movement, itself a kind of insurgency within the GOP demanding a return to the principles of small government and low taxes. Certainly Hoffman’s candidacy seems like perfect evidence for the proposition that both the Republican and Democratic Party...
  • The Purged Moderate Speaks (Scozzafava)

    11/06/2009 8:38:50 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 42 replies · 1,435+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | November 6, 2009 | Michael Smerconish
    How is Dede Scozzafava holding up after a conservative insurgent drove her from the New York House race? Michael Smerconish asks the former Republican candidate about the future of her party. Republican New York State Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava was considered a shoo-in to win the special election for the United States House seat in upstate New York this week—until conservative activists from outside the district attacked her for being too moderate and drove her from the race. After Scozzafava dropped out, the Democratic candidate ended up beating the third-party conservative challenger, and the district went blue for the first time...
  • Lindsey Graham warns GOP against going too far right [defends Fiorina, attacks DeMint, Hoffman]

    11/04/2009 5:02:37 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 141 replies · 3,639+ views
    Politico ^ | 2009-11-04 | Manu Raju
    The morning after Republicans lost an upstate New York House seat, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) warned that conservative activists will bring destruction to the Republican Party if they drive out moderate candidates across the country. “To those people who are pursuing purity, you’ll become a club not a party,” Graham told POLITICO in the Capitol Wednesday. “Those people who are trying to embrace conservatism in a thoughtful way that fits the region and the state and the district are going to do well. Conservativism is an asset. Blind ideology is not.” Graham, who has sparred with his party’s right wing...
  • Hoffman 45% + Scozzafava 6% = 51% for non-Democrat

    11/04/2009 2:54:16 PM PST · by giotto · 46 replies · 1,486+ views
    In New York's 23rd Congressional district, Democrat Owens finished with 49% , making him the winner of a plurality of the votes. What's being overlooked by Republicans and conservatives is that Scozzafava, despite having withdrawn from the race, still garnered 6% of votes, with Hoffman getting 45%. I'm guessing that most of Scozzafava's 6% were absentee ballots which had already been mailed before she dropped out. Other votes could have come from die hard fans of hers, or voters who simply didn't know she was no longer in the race. Whatever the reason, the fact remains that Owens won with...
  • Obama Names Scozzafava His Reproductive Rights Czarina! [SATIRE]

    11/04/2009 8:47:26 AM PST · by jcpryor · 11 replies · 601+ views ^ | November 4, 2009 | Jeanette Pryor
    In a shocking, pre-dawn announcement, President Obama upheld his end of the bargain, and named D. Scozzafava his Special Advisor on Reproductive Rights, thus rewarding the Republican Candidate for his only consolation in the November 3rd Elections, otherwise a PR nightmare for the neophyte Executive. The President’s call to the Scozzafava residence came right after the “Thank You” from Democrat Owens who, as he put it, “Couldn’t have done it without her.” “Ms. Scozzafava’s special recognition by Pro-Abortion organizations and her talent as a politcal hermaphrodite make her a natural here in Washington,” noted the President. “We are thrilled to...
  • Obama Leaves TV Off and Misses Episode of CONSERVATISM ON THE RISE

    11/04/2009 7:13:31 AM PST · by OK Right · 14 replies · 660+ views
    OK, WE'RE RIGHT! ^ | November 4, 2009 | Oscar De Los Santos and Kelly L. Goodridge
    Should we believe White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs when he claimed that President Barack Hussein Obama wouldn’t be watching last night’s election returns? Of course not. Why? Because unless Obama was intrigued by the Bowling Green at Buffalo nail biter, it was a slow TV night – except of course, for the election returns. OK thinks that like everything else about this administration, what we were told wasn’t what was going on behind the scenes. We think Obama & Co. anticipated last night’s results. In fact, we think several TVs were on inside the White House last night and that...
  • Revolt on the Right (Reminder for those who think NY23 was a loss)

    11/04/2009 3:36:32 AM PST · by markomalley · 33 replies · 1,819+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 10/23/2009 | W. James Antle III
    Dede Scozzafava won't even commit to how long she'll support House Minority Leader John Boehner for speaker. Faced with persistent questions from John McCormack, a conservative young reporter from the Weekly Standard, aimed at discerning her predilection for pulling an Arlen Specter, Scozzafava called the cops. Her press secretary later released an e-mail exchange with McCormack they thought would vindicate their position, only to find that even Daily Kos agrees with the Standard on this dust-up. This prompted a virtual stampede of conservative bloggers and activists to come forward and demand that Scozzafava drop out of the race. It has...
  • Upset win for upstate Democrat: House race split GOP

    11/04/2009 3:25:20 AM PST · by Scanian · 58 replies · 2,045+ views
    NY Post ^ | November 4, 2009 | BRENDAN SCOTT
    ALBANY -- Bill Owens unexpectedly turned back an aggressive challenge by Conservative Party upstart Doug Hoffman to win an upstate congressional seat yesterday, becoming the first Democrat to represent the area in more than 100 years. Owens, an attorney and retired Air Force captain, was leading by 3 percentage points. Hoffman conceded shortly after midnight. "We stood up against two major parties that had a lot of money, but we got this far on determination," Hoffman told supporters gathered in Saranac Lake. "I want to really thank everybody here and around the district and around America who stood up for...
  • In NY-23, Conservatives Win (Erick Erickson of Red State)

    11/03/2009 10:24:33 PM PST · by nutmeg · 98 replies · 2,716+ views ^ | Wednesday, November 4th at 12:04AM EST | Erick Erickson
    The race has now been called for Democrat Bill Owens. This is a huge win for conservatives. “Whaaaa. . . ?” you say. There are two big victories at work in New York’s 23rd Congressional District. First, the GOP now must recognize it will either lose without conservatives or will win with conservatives. In 2008, many conservatives sat home instead of voting for John McCain. Now, in NY-23, conservatives rallied and destroyed the Republican candidate the establishment chose. I have said all along that the goal of activists must be to defeat Scozzafava. Doug Hoffman winning would just be gravy....
  • NY-23: Watertown Mayor: ‘It’s Over’ (Scozzafava endorsement sunk Hoffman)

    11/03/2009 8:01:25 PM PST · by Boiling Pots · 94 replies · 7,306+ views
    By David Weigel 11/3/09 10:50 PM SARANAC LAKE, N.Y. – I caught Watertown, N.Y., Mayor Jeff Graham, who endorsed NY-23 Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman this weekend, looking very glum at Doug Hoffman’s election party. I asked him what happened in Jefferson County, where Watertown is located, and where Democrat Bill Owens is leading the vote. “We lost,” said Graham. “The Scozzafava endorsement, the [Watertown Daily Times] endorsement of Owens–I mean, they roughed Hoffman up.” Could Hoffman still pull out a win? Graham grimaced. “It’s over.”
  • Gov. Pawlenty On NY-23, GOP & Olympia Snowe

    11/03/2009 3:47:53 PM PST · by SmokingJoe · 16 replies · 1,179+ views
    MSNBC through Real Clear Politics ^ | November 03, 2009 | MSNBC
    A pretty good interview of Gov. Tim Pawlenty about NY23 and Scozzafava on Morning Joe, by Joe Scarborough, and his crew of lefties, some of whom were out for blood. I think Tim Pawlenty gave a pretty good account of himself, despite some pretty hostile questioning. Dang, I just can't stand that Ariana Huffington. Just hearing her voice makes me want to smash something.
  • When will the left run some pro-life, small gov't moderate democrats we can all get behind?

    11/03/2009 3:46:25 PM PST · by cartervt2k · 69 replies · 1,155+ views
    Me | 11/3/2009 | Me
    Since they seem to be so fond of "moderates"
  • Getting Nasty in NY-23 (tires slashed)

    11/03/2009 2:15:47 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 40 replies · 2,389+ views
    National Review ^ | 11/03 04:01 PM | [Robert Costa]
    A Hoffman staffer tells NRO that a Hoffman supporter had his tires slashed this afternoon near United Methodist Church on Beakman Street in Plattsburgh. A police report has been filed.
  • American Mainstream Is Looking More Like Republican Mainstream

    11/03/2009 1:24:32 PM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies · 1,111+ views
    U.S.News & World ^ | November 02, 2009 | Mary Kate Cary
    Is what's going on in New York's 23rd Congressional District a GOP civil war or not? If you ask me, it's not. The media and their friends on the left, including White House adviser Valerie Jarrett on ABC News, are doing their best to turn Dede Scozzafava's withdrawal from the race and endorsement of her Democratic opponent into another example of Republican feuding over "litmus tests." They just can't help themselves. In fact, Jarrett calls Republicans "more and more extreme," yet it's the liberals who have worked themselves into a hissy fit of angry rhetoric. Take a look at Frank...
  • Dede "I'll Endorse the Democrat" Scozzafava Zero Dollar available

    11/03/2009 12:48:29 PM PST · by Secret Agent Man · 17 replies · 892+ views
    self | 11/3/09 | Secret Agent Man
    Not too much to say about this one that the artwork doesn't already. Bye bye Dede. Don't worry you can run as a democrat, I think you'll feel better being true to who you are. For the whole series of Zero dollar bills, go here: " Flickr Archive of Zero Bills"
  • Dede Scozzafava says 'hate, lies' wore her down

    11/03/2009 12:31:12 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 140 replies · 4,222+ views
    Post Standard-Syracuse NY ^ | November 03, 2009, 3:15PM | By Michelle Breidenbach
    When Dede Scozzafava votes today, she will see her name on the Republican line for the 23rd Congressional District. She plans to pull the lever for her Democratic opponent, then take the rest of the day off to do laundry and take care of other chores she ignored in the last two months of debating and defending her candidacy. Scozzafava quit the race three days before the election and threw her support behind the Democrat, Bill Owens. Scozzafava had been elected as a pro-choice Republican to be mayor of Gouverneur and member of the New York state Assembly. Suddenly, she...
  • Why Dede Scozzafava Alren Specter'd Republicans

    11/03/2009 7:29:18 AM PST · by Alaphiah123 · 30 replies · 1,148+ views
    Creating Orwellian Worldview ^ | 11/03/09 | alaphiah
    Why would a Republican Congressional candidate after dropping out of her Congressional race endorse the Democrat remaining in the race over the Republican remaining in the race? (see story) Just as Republicans suspected Dede Scozzafava was just another Democrat RINO mole attempting to burrow her way into the National Republican Party to undermine it from within. Could it be that her decision to endorse the Democrat in the race for the 23rd Congressional District in New York is an indication of what type of Republican she is and what kind of Congressional representative she would have been? I think yes!...