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CONSERVATISM RESONATES WITH GOP: Scozzafava suspends NY 23rd District Campaign (Updated)


From the Washington Independent ...

"In a bit of a surprise, ex-NY-23 candidate Dede Scozzafava has endorsed her former rival, Democratic candidate Bill Owens. The decisions comes shortly after her husband endorsed Owens, and only a little more than a day after she quit the race after polls showed her collapsing into third place behind Owens and Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman."

When it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, why is the leadership so damn surprised when their candidate turns out to be a duck. Turning her back on her party and endorsing the opposition. Those party leaders who lack the balls to throw Scozzafava out of the Republican Party should resign their posts at once.  

Original Blog Post ...

The battle was clear:  Traditionalists in the Republican Party leadership picked  the most liberal RINO (Republican In Name Only)  they could find in the hopes that they could attract enough independent and blue-dog democrat votes to win the race. They placed politics over principle and were greatly dismayed when conservative Republicans refused to support their candidate. Even Newt Gingrich, self-proclaimed voice of the conservatives endorsed Scozzafava – waffling about how it was important to support the local party leadership who knows best what’s in the party’s best interests.

The traditionalists who strongly believe that the pragmatism of fielding more liberal than conservative candidates will tip the public in the party’s favor are dead wrong. By muddling the message and appearing to be “democrat-lite,” they lose the conservatives who want a  principled conservative political agenda and they lose the independents and blue-dog democrats who can’t decipher their mushy message which appears to be the same as the democrats running in the race.

Encouraged …

Not that the conservatives should get complacent, but  it appears that conservatism may have won another victory when Scozzafava announced the suspension of her campaign and the leadership of the Republican Party, political whores that they are, announced that they would support conservative Doug Hoffman against the democrat challenger. At this point in time, Scozzafava has not endorsed Hoffman other than to make this campaign statement.

In her own words … 

Dear Friends and Supporters:

Throughout the course of my campaign for Congress, I have made the people of the 23rd District and the issues that affect them the focal point of my campaign. As a life long resident of this District, I care deeply and passionately about its people and our way of life. Whether as a candidate for Congress, a State Assemblywoman or a small town Mayor, I have always sought to act with the best interest of our District and its residents in mind—and today I again seek to act for the good of our community.

The opportunity to run as the Republican and Independence Party candidate to represent the 23rd District has been and remains one of the greatest honors of my life. During the past several months, as I’ve traveled the district, meeting and talking with voters about the issues that matter most to them, I’ve been overwhelmed by the amount of support I’ve received as I sought to serve as their voice in Washington. However, as Winston Churchill once said, Democracy can be a fickle employer, and the road to public office is not always a smooth one.

In recent days, polls have indicated that my chances of winning this election are not as strong as we would like them to be. The reality that I’ve come to accept is that in today’s political arena, you must be able to back up your message with money—and as I’ve been outspent on both sides, I’ve been unable to effectively address many of the charges that have been made about my record. But as I’ve said from the start of this campaign, this election is not about me, it’s about the people of this District. And, as always, today I will do what I believe serves their interests best.

It is increasingly clear that pressure is mounting on many of my supporters to shift their support. Consequently, I hereby release those individuals who have endorsed and supported my campaign to transfer their support as they see fit to do so. I am and have always been a proud Republican. It is my hope that with my actions today, my Party will emerge stronger and our District and our nation can take an important step towards restoring the enduring strength and economic prosperity that has defined us for generations.
On Election Day my name will appear on the ballot, but victory is unlikely. To those who support me – and to those who choose not to – I offer my sincerest thanks.


Although I would have preferred the ideological fight and positioning to have taken place prior to her name appearing on the ballot, it is always welcome to see a sign of a potential rebirth of the Republican Party along the lines of Reagan conservatism.

Once more our nation is in peril, facing the aftermath of a negligent Republican administration whose profligate spending, inept and incompetent cronyism, and  tolerance of relaxed regulatory standards is now magnified by a current Administration which seems hell-bent on subverting the Constitution, promoting a radical socialist agenda, spending the United States into bankruptcy and who is also giving a regulatory pass to those financial firms who jeopardized the safety and security of our economy. The pain and suffering of the people: with a continual rise in the unemployment, the lessening of investment yields and a financial system seemingly run by and for the financial establishment is now pushing people into principled conservatism. The government is not the solution, it is the problem. And we need to resolve these issues by first electing principled politicians to office – sweeping all of the current people from office. It is time that we took back our government from the complacent and corrupt asshats on both sides of the aisle.

Let us hope that Doug Hoffman wins this election – demonstrating that there is another road to success and that road is not appeasement to those who deny the conservative political principles of Ronald Reagan.

Spin all you want, this may be the start of the turning point in Republican politics.

Be well, be safe and take care of yourself and your family first.

-- steve

Reference Links …

BREAKING: Scozzafava suspends NY 23 campaign - The Scorecard - POLITICO.com

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