Scozzafava out in NY 23 – UPDATE: Scozz backs Dem

UPDATE: Well I take back everything I said. Scozzafava today threw her support to the Democratic candedate Owens.

“I am supporting Bill Owens for Congress and urge you to do the same,” she said. “In Bill Owens, I see a sense of duty and integrity that will guide him beyond political partisanship. He will be an independent voice devoted to doing what is right for New York. Bill understands this district and its people, and when he represents us in Congress he will put our interests first.”

Independent voice? Plus, hey Newt, she signed a “no tax” pledge. My guess is, Owens isn’t on board with this one either. Hat tip on this one goes to the SO Son who writes:

Shouldn’t this spur Repub’s to see how messed up their party is? This woman was a dem the whole time and now we can all see for what it is.

I agree and here’s why. Her pro choice stance is a non starter with me for most candidates,  but that isn’t what makes her a Dem, and while it would influence my vote, it would not so many other conservatives and libertarians. Her stance on card check does. No Republican, none, can support this bill. Otherwise … well, you’re a Democrat.

We now return you to the original post.

At the UCONN game but wanted to bring your attention to Dede Scozzafava dropping out of the race in New York’s 23rd District. The RINO’s withdrawal might leave room for Doug Hoffman to step in as the conservative independent who will no longer be branded a third party spoiler destroying chances for Republicans.

Hat tip to Gateway Pundit, but many other bloggers are now up and tracking including Jim Geraghty, Pamela GellarPower Line, Sweetness & Light, Hot Air and Michelle Malkin.

Hot Air was speculating 18 hours ago. As the folks at Red State point out, while this is good for conservatives, it’s not for Republicans. And like it or not, this is a TWO party system.

Take this as a one time event and a major mistake by out of touch beltway Republicans. Our game should be to send a message to the establishment, not start a third party.

Note (by Steve), this post was cleaned up and edited by me since Jim had trouble posting from the game. I’ll also add the following…

I agree the events of today should not be an indicator a third party is the way to go. I’d much rather the party stalwarts like Newt Gingrich learn from the wave that swept over New York’s 23rd in what really amounts to about three weeks.

But, we have a problem with Scozzafava’s suspension of her campaign. The election starts in about 60 hours and her name will still be on the ballot and absentee voters have obviously already voted. This may turn into a legal battle with claims of voter disenfranchisement. If it’s close, Democrats could claim many absentee voters who chose Scozzafava would have chosen Democrat Bill Owens.

If you thought the Franken mess in Minnesota could not happen again… well… I think we will see that type of mess again.

I guess for now we’re waiting to see of Scozzafava officially endorses Hoffman and goes to work for him during the last hours of the campaign.

8 replies
  1. Anne-EH
    Anne-EH says:

    Well Scozzafava gave a Halloween treat to the NY 23 by calling it quits. Now it looks more likely that it will be a Hoffman win. :)=^..^=

  2. donh
    donh says:

    Michael Steele is Da Man ! I am sure Scofazza will get  offers from Obama to be ice berg Czar.  She should be treated very well by Repulbicans for making a sound political move.  This whole abomination with healthcare  bill HR3962 has finally proven to the RINOS what we conservatives have been sying all along. Democrats are the radical enemies of freedom and liberty. Being nice and cooperative with such a ruthless and immoral  enemy gets you NOTHING in return.  Not even the smallest crumbs were given to the republican ideas of health  reform in this bill. I appreciate moderate republican desire to be gracious , conciliatory, and compromising but nobody likes a Quisling.  These events have buried Newt's hope for a Presidential. I hope he sticks to university lectures.  Democrats can and will steal any major election that is within a 2000 vote margin of error. Scozzafava dropping out reduces the chances of the court overturing a slim victory by Owens and appointing the democrat to office.

    • donh
      donh says:

      Let me correct the last sentance Scozzafava dropping out reduces the chances of the court overturning a slim victory by Hoffman and appointing the democrat Ownes to office……This is a  lesson to the Republican political esablishment to stop acting ashamed of conservative candidates.  If the party machine has the courage to exercise enthusiastic support for  strong  american values, the people will forcefully respond  even in the most navy blue states. Hoffman's stunning rise in the polls proves it.

  3. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    One has to believe that this (particularly if Hoffman wins), combined with the Tea Parties, is causing more than one sphincter to reflexively tighten up in the Democrat party.  They will try to spin it in predictable ways, but the ones with brains know that this could signal serious problems for them in 2010.


    Let us hope so.

  4. Wyndeward
    Wyndeward says:

    Well, Steve, your prediction has come to pass — The Republican has endorsed the Democrat.

    Strangely, isn't this the sort of thing that the Republicans got their shorts in a wad over when Sarah Palin declined to endorse the Republican?

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