Newt Gingrich pushes back on N.Y. endorsement

Former U.S. House speaker Newt Gingrich is taking real heat over his endorsement of a moderate Republican, Dede Sozzafava, in a special congressional election in upstate New York.

David Keating, executive director of Club for Growth, has taken to a third-party conservative, Doug Hoffman, and rakes Gingrich on the anti-tax group’s web site:

“Gingrich does this all the time,” said Keating. “He does whatever the party committee asks him to. He likes to cultivate this image of being an innovator and a thinker and so on, and then he endorses the most tired, worn-out, special interest-genuflecting candidate you can possibly find.”

Erick Erickson’s RedState is calling for Sozzafava to withdraw.

But this afternoon, on his own web site, the former Georgia congressman pushed back:

The choice in New York is a practical one: We can split the conservative vote and guarantee the election of a Democrat in a Republican seat in a substantial loss of opportunity. Or we can find a way to elect someone who has committed to vote for the Republican leader, has committed to vote against all tax increases, has committed to vote against cap-and-trade, and is a strong ally of the NRA.

In order to stop President Obama and the Democrats in Congress, I would rather see Christie win in New Jersey, Bob McDonnell win in Virginia, and have the Republican, Dede Scozzafava, win the special election in NY-23 so that election night in 2009 is a devastating defeat for the Democrats.

My number one interest is to build a Republican majority. If your interest is taking power back from the Left, and your interest is winning the necessary elections, then there are times when you have to put together a coalition that has disagreement within it.

We have to decide which business we are in. If we are in the business about feeling good about ourselves while our country gets crushed then I probably made the wrong decision.

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clyde

October 22nd, 2009
2:41 pm

So what’s to argue with here?Just because the candidate isn’t a bible totin Southern baptist,does that mean the majority of the Republicans don’t want Scozzafava?Of course it does.Gingrich is at least a realist.

Shananeeeee Fananeeeeeee

October 22nd, 2009
2:44 pm

Obama and his cronies are going down. Change in 2010 and 2012, Change we are looking forward to.

David

October 22nd, 2009
2:46 pm

To say long time Republicans have lost their compass is an understatement. Newt is a prime example of putting politics ahead of what is best for the American people. The democrats do not have a monopoly on that transgression. Political hacks must be defeated in both parties or we will let them destroy our country. Screw Newt. He’s selling us out worse than McCain and Graham. I guess if Pelosi and Reid decide to switch to the Republican party in 2010 because they have a better chance of winning Newt will be there with open arms.

reebok

October 22nd, 2009
2:53 pm

Endorsing a moderate??? Heaven forbid…so a person of Gingrich’s stature…you know, a person with actual intellectual heft and bona-fide achievement…is supposed to kowtow to the wack-job fringe of an already-marginalized party? Brilliant strategy…the GOP is going to be reduced to bomb-throwing and hoping the economy stays bad.

leeh1

October 22nd, 2009
3:02 pm

Throw out Newt and bring in Sarah Palin. I’m tired of these old Republicans who are just opportunistic politicians. They are Repubican in name only.

Phil Leviathan

October 22nd, 2009
3:23 pm

Pretty strong words Newt – not! Scozzafava is going to lose and likely finish third. She is a Dem in GOP clothing. If Newt really wanted to rebuild the GOP he would have called on Dede to suspend her campaign and unite behind Hoffman.

I would prefer to lose the seat to a Dem than have an unprincipled Republican such as Scozzafava win. It is a Republican district and if Owens wins, perhaps the GOP will wise up and nominate a principled conservative for the race a year from now.

ugaaccountant

October 22nd, 2009
3:26 pm

A moderate getting elected in NY is fine. Better than a socialist.

cletus T Rockafella

October 22nd, 2009
3:36 pm

Gingrich is a hypocritical moron. He speaks of morals & values, while he divorces his XXX wife on her deathbed. He exists only for the crap gop, which is the same as the crap democraps. Palin, IF she had one ounce of sense, would get into porn movies – that is the only area she’ll be successful in. Both are losers, just like their followers.

Roekest

October 22nd, 2009
3:38 pm

“Throw out Newt and bring in Sarah Palin. I’m tired of these old Republicans who are just opportunistic politicians. They are Repubican in name only.”

Since when did being a Republican mean turning back the clock in our country 50 years, becoming the “moral compass” for society (religion and philosophy’s job, btw), and endorsing a candidate who believes she is adept at foreign policy because she can see a sliver of Russia from her Alaskan igloo???

“Mainstream” Republicans have effing lost it! Reagan and Goldwater are spinning in their graves, and I’ve turned in my GOP member card. If this is where the GOP is heading, please moderate Republicans, join me and the rest of the Independents in getting both of these whack-job parties out of every office in America. They (Republicans and Democrats) are the cancer which is killing our Republic.

TnGelding

October 22nd, 2009
3:42 pm

Phil Leviathan

October 22nd, 2009
3:23 pm

There aren’t many politicians around with principles.

Newt makes a good point. Why vote for someone that probably can’t win? You have to be that forward looking.

TnGelding

October 22nd, 2009
3:44 pm

Roekest

October 22nd, 2009
3:38 pm

Impossible, as long as they are allowed to run the elections and set the rules.

Shawn Rork

October 22nd, 2009
3:58 pm

We got into the condition we’re in now because of a lack of conservative principles. Because the Republican party let in a bunch of “moderates”, they have become the party that is considered the lesser of two evils. Would Next have backed Olympia Snowe if she were in a tight election just to have the “Republican” in office. I’d rather support the conservative choice even if the moderate has the better chance. Moderate values are not going to pull us out of this economic crisis!

Rolie

October 22nd, 2009
4:13 pm

I usually stay out of the posting arena as I’m not as well versed and articulate as the club requires but I can tell you that I’m an a-typical conservative guy that yearns for a government for the people and by the people. That’s it. Strong military, a so called leader that appreciates being a North American, a spiritual guy or gal… doesn’t matter, will shut down the IRS and other power based goons that only intimidate, low flat 10% tax for all and overseen by THE PEOPLE, pro-small business as well as big, back to gold standard, drill here-drill now-self reliant, protect our borders, etc…. get back to the basics.

ugaaccountant

October 22nd, 2009
4:22 pm

Shawn, lovely rant, but did you read the article. The candidate in question “committed to vote for the Republican leader, has committed to vote against all tax increases, has committed to vote against cap-and-trade, and is a strong ally of the NRA.” That’s as good as you can expect to get elected in NY.

atlien052

October 22nd, 2009
5:02 pm

To call Scozzafava a “moderate” is akin to calling Barack Huessein Obama (Mmmm, Mmmm, Mmmm) a liberal. Obama is a bona fide socialist and Scozzafava is a liberal. When liberal groups such as ACORN and the SEIU endore a candidate, then you know the candidate is bad for the country.

The Republicans tried to “build a coalition” during the last presidential election…How’s that working out for you, Newt? McCain is the ultimate example of how this strategy does not work for the Republican party. It’s time to put conservatives on the ballot and quit trying to build coalitions by nominating so-called moderates.

TW

October 22nd, 2009
5:03 pm

There is no better example of ‘lay with dogs, wake with fleas’ than today’s GOP. Sad, really, as the true conservative voice should be a vital part of our country’s debate. Instead, the right has become nothing but hate and problems.

Let’s give peace and solutions a chance.

RGB

October 22nd, 2009
5:20 pm

“….please moderate Republicans, join me and the rest of the Independents….”

Yeah, they’ve been real helpful to us. To wit:

John McCain (do I really need to explain here?)
Arlen Specter (at least he officially went to the dark side)
Olympia Snowe (just helped advance libs’ health care bill).
Susan Collins (one of just three Republicans to vote for the Porkulus bill).

Yes, Americans can sure have a real choice by having more moderate Republicans–the choice between very left and ultra-left. That strategy’s really working for us and we need to repeat it in 2010.

Dayplace

October 22nd, 2009
6:54 pm

Constitutional conservatives have traditionally voted Republican. Socially liberal voters choose the Democrat candidate. Some of us now realize that voting for the (R) or (D) without checking the candidate’s actual values only guarantees what the true power brokers in Washington have designed for our ‘rubber stamp’ vote. If you are a social liberal and you elect a ‘blue dog’ conservative democrat because they have the party endorsement, you are to blame for failure to enact FOCA or Universal Healthcare. If you are a constitutional conservative and you vote for Scozzafava you should expect that her vote for FOCA and Universal Healthcare will be your fault. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. District 23 has a chance to send a strong message that we are tired of ‘Party’ choices when they don’t match up to the electorates concerns. 22% of the registered Democrats will vote for the (D) and 22% of the diehard Republicans will vote for the (R). That leaves a majority of 56% who could control the outcome of the election if we would vote our concerns not the party.

hinckleybuzzard

October 22nd, 2009
10:58 pm

If Scuzzy wins, Newt is finished. We here in the Red Zone don’t buy that “Party over Country” crap.. That’s for ‘rat scum. Sorry Newt. Used ta love ya, but this is hasta la byebye.

Brian

October 22nd, 2009
11:28 pm

The comments here denouncing conservatives for fighting back against the party establishment are disingenuous. The Republican Party is marginalized because they have moved too far to the left. 2006 and 2008 they lost because they abandoned their principles, and only Palin prevented John McCain from losing in a landslide. I find it fascinating how liberals say that the “whack fringe nut-jobs” are causing the Republicans to lose. If this is true, why are you so concerned about it then? Shouldn’t you be happy that evil conservatives are destroying the GOP? When will Democrats become “moderate” and “move to the middle?” You never hear the media talk about the far leftist kooks that has the Democratic Party in a chokehold. Pro-life and pro-gun Democrats are ran out of the party. Look what the Democrats did to Joe Lieberman in 2006, and he was only moderate on the war. Let’s face it – the media and the Dems do an excellent job of setting up this false premise that Republicans need to “moderate” in order to win elections, and Republicans fall for this every time.

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Michael

October 23rd, 2009
1:53 am

Newt condemns himself in last sentence. He admits he is going against what he thinks is right to “get the win”. “Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair, the rest is in the hands of God.”…George Washington America – it is time to stop the quick deal compromises. We don’t get something for nothing. To sit back and let Newt and GOP give us their compromised plans is proven folly. Let us find someone WE think is WORTHY of our vote and work like dogs to put him in office. AIP has a frame work for this (www.aipnews.com). If you don’t like the idea that our rights ONLY come from God and that we have a DUTY to work for those rights then stay w/ GOP. There is only ONE thing that can unite us – God. There is only one truth and here is one place to start – http://www.maafa21.com/. God will not spare us if we keep slapping him in the face and rejecting his children with contraception. Get out of your adolescense America! Contraception is the footstool to abortion. Abortion is murder. Forget about the homosexual activists. Married people need to learn sex is not just a plaything. It reveals the nature of God. Sex is not “good”; it is great, holy, sacred. It is how we all came to be and we are all made in the image and likeness of God. We are not animals and not less than animals. Let us call out to God for mercy, he is good and he can heal us if we let him.

Fred Chitwood

October 23rd, 2009
7:30 am

Nothing new here. The Republican “establishment” always takes the low road. The reason the Republican Party lost ground in 06 and 08 is that got away from being the party opposite of the dems.

Barry

October 23rd, 2009
9:45 am

As a former independent but now Democrat, I just shake my head when I read most of the comments here.

The GOP has turned into a conservative, southern-dominated party. That’s fine if you’re a southern conservative. But guess what? Most of the country disagrees with you. Recent polls show only 20% of the country identifies with Republicans. Of course, to many of the commenters, this is proof that the GOP should become even MORE conservative.

Wake up!! The U.S. is not like the south. Demography is against you. You need to realize that a representative who votes with you 75% of the time is an ally, not a RINO.

lello

October 23rd, 2009
10:04 am

The PROBLEM is that the GOP is NOT offering any alternative, they continue to want to be “democrat-lite” with their candidates and then want to try to hold everyone hostage with the claim the voting for an independent will assure a democratic victory. Well, DUH, voting for THIS candidate will assure a “democrat-lite” victory, so what’s the difference?? It isn’t the people who would give the Dems a victory, it is the GOP that would be doing it! Newt is short-sighted and a party-line toer in this one. And, regrettably, he sounds just like the “my way or the highway” Dems. Wake up America! Vote your VALUES, NOT your “party”!!

Bob A

October 23rd, 2009
10:16 am

Build a “Republican” majority with RINO’s like Snowe, Chaffee and Specter. Its time to ensure Rino’s don’t run or if they do, they are identified as traitors and are dismised out of had. We should also make sure their supporters are marginalized. Bush supported Arlene Secter in a primary against a wonderful conservative. Its time we get rid of the Rino’s and their supporters.

One last thing. Gingrich has supported the global warming idiots in the past. That shows how stupid he really is!

Arie

October 23rd, 2009
10:31 am

What Gingrich doesn’t get is that a vote for a Rhino like Dede is the same as voting Liberal

Chief Wiggum

October 23rd, 2009
10:34 am

Newt is basically saying “Republicans in there at any cost”, with no regard to what they believe. I bet Newt thinks Snowe and Collins are pretty awesome in the Senate, too? Sort of like how folks were supposed to support Arlen Spectacle? He showed his true colors…he’s a big-government believer that only had the (R) after his name to get elected. Pure opportunist.

Karen

October 23rd, 2009
11:36 am

I like and respect Newt but he is WRONG. We need to build a CONSERVATIVE Congress filled with people who will actually uphold the Constitution. So, if that means electing an independent who will vote with the Republicans most of the time, or might even pull them back to the constitution, that would be perfect. The Dems don’t care if Liebernan has an I after his name as long as he votes with them. They don’t care if there is a communist as long as he votes with them. So, people like Newt should support the right candidate. Look at Spector, he was a Democrat in his heart the whole time he was a Republican. Anyone can run as a conservative with an R behnd his name. That means nothing, as we have seen lately.

Fightn4Freedom

October 23rd, 2009
11:49 am

I just can’t believe that the republican party is bowing down to this liberal state of mind. Do they not SEE what people in this country are saying? ” We want accountablitliy and resistance from these STUPID entitlement programs.” They just don’t get it, how do they know that this lady is the one that has a chance to win? WE WANT PEOPLE TO STAND UP IN CONGRESS AND CHALLANGE THE LEFT WING NUTS. If this lady gets in there we are looking at another Snow, or Collins and that is NOT what we need or want. I like Newt but this crap with the GOP trying to seem left like the Dems is pathetic. NEWT GET A CLUE WILL YA.

Base

October 23rd, 2009
12:15 pm

Newt is an idiot and he makes money from whoever will listen.

NewtNoMore

October 23rd, 2009
1:17 pm

NEWT IS NO DIFFERENT THAN SNOWE, COLLINS, SPECTER, MCCAIN. NEWT IS A FAIR-WEATHER OPPORTUNIST. HE DOES NOT HAVE OUR BEST INTEREST AT HEART.

NEWT IS NOTHING BUT A RINO. GO AWAY NEWT!!

pete

October 23rd, 2009
1:41 pm

Newt has lost his way. Support consertives with traditional consertive values and you will win in the end. No more RINOs in congress

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Johnny Simpson

October 23rd, 2009
3:00 pm

I really love all this talk from Libs saying Republicans need to “reach across the aisle” after they tried to railroad Joe Lieberman out of office for not being liberal enough! Dems, if you have the right to push anyone from your party that doesn’t meet basic liberal criteria, Republicans have the right to bounce their platform carpetbaggers, too!

ozzie chabot

October 23rd, 2009
3:06 pm

Glad this came to light newt endorsement of scozzfava is a cripling blow to rnc and so far no other canidate for 2012 has had courage to stand up for hoffman only sara and she a power house. and rnc crist in florida will also lose rubio is coming strong. This is just great thanks to obama we are going to take america back. as for newt with me is a big O no more support from me. sarapac getting my$

X

October 23rd, 2009
3:08 pm

Throw out Newt. 73% of Republicans don’t trust Republican leadership. Republican identity is at a 26 year low. Conservatives and independents are gone. The only idiot that’s going to be left in the so called big tent is Newt Gingrich, crying about how we need him and other Republican moderates. Good luck with your 25% strategy, loser.

Rich White

October 23rd, 2009
3:35 pm

Dede Sozzafava is no moderate Republican! She is a full fledged liberal on the Republican ticket and she has flip floped on every issue Newt talked about. In short, she can’t be trusted! She ranks left of the Democrat she is running against.
Pull her nomination and then we woun’t be splitting the ticket, NEWT!

We are done compromising and, you expecting us to vote for people with no real values. Character matters above all else Newt and if you didn’t notice the poll, Americans put that as # 1 when voting. We are done wasting our time voting for liars and cheats and then expecting a different result.

Rich White

October 23rd, 2009
3:43 pm

People willing to vote party over values get people that think the Constitution is a flawed document that makes us live in the hypocracy of freedom.

Rich White

October 23rd, 2009
3:44 pm

When Sarah Palin endorses the RNC is when I contribute again. ha ha ha

DOUG

October 23rd, 2009
4:00 pm

GET THESE RINO’S OUT OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY NOW!

Airtyme

October 23rd, 2009
5:02 pm

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John Barthel

October 23rd, 2009
6:04 pm

I’m frankly tired of “republicans” like Snowe and Collins in the Northeast. I’d rather lose than have “Republicans” like one I had to tollerate over the years i.e.Arlen Specter. They are not the least bit conservative. Not all conservatives are Southern Baptists, etc. Some of us simply want to know who we are voting for, what they believe–REALLY– and what we can count on. I’m on the brink of dropping out of the mess altogether. Liberal republicans are not the answer. I no longer call myself a republican . Most of those in office now have no backbone. Blue dog democrats beat liberal republicans any day in my book. Only CONSERVATIVES can return this country into a world leader and prosperous economy. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

Dave

October 23rd, 2009
6:33 pm

Newt has allways been one of my favorite republicans, but to endorse Sozzafava who is a progressive liberal just because she has an R in front of her name is crazy. this type of thinking continues to be a loosing strategy for conservatives. this same stupid mentality told us to vote for for Arnold for Ca. Gov. because he could win, and he had an R in front of his name. (even though exit polling showed that Tom McClintock was the favorite by almost 10%) now Arnold is signing every liberal progressive bill he can get his hands on. what good is the R in front of his name now? THIS MUST STOP! VOTING FOR THE LESSER OF TWO EVILS, IS STILL VOTING FOR EVIL!
both sides need to stop voting the “party line” and start electing honest people, who actually care more about this country than their own political career.

shipley130

October 23rd, 2009
7:11 pm

Golly Newt, how about supporting someone that is a Republican only by name, not actions. I suppose he thinks Nixon was an actual Repub, too. What a joke.

hairdoo

October 23rd, 2009
10:08 pm

Voting for RINOs is what got us in the mess we are in today! I no longer believe in the philosophy that you should vote for the candidate “who can win”. We need to vote for the best candidate–the one who reflects our conservative values!!!!

Kevin

October 23rd, 2009
11:32 pm

The feelings that conservatives have after learning that they have been deceived by phony conservatives like Newt Gingrich is like the feeling of after having walked in on one’s spouse or significant other in the act of cheating on you. Both scenarios evoke a combination of shock, surprise, betrayal, and anger. This is exactly how a lot of conservatives feel about the GOP and it is time for a 3rd political party

Kevin

October 23rd, 2009
11:40 pm

The facts speak for themselves that Newt Gingrich was never a conservative to begin with. He is what is known as a “stealth liberal”, a liberal who runs for office as a conservative and once in office infiltrates conservative organizations and sabotages the conservative movement from within. His endorsement of Scozzafava is not a surprise for those who know who Newt really is, as this is his true colors coming out. Here is an article called “Who is the Real Newt Gingrich”, which exposes the truth about who he really is and will give you a good idea of why he endorsed Scozzafava: http://www.newswithviews.com/Devvy/kidd449.htm (Part I) and http://www.newswithviews.com/Devvy/kidd450.htm (Part II).

Kevin

October 23rd, 2009
11:43 pm

Last, but not least, here is a video called “The Real Newt Gingrich”, which further explains about and exposes who Newt Gingrich is. He has a liberal voting track record as a House of Representative Republican and his true motivations are not that of promoting conservatism.

Kevin

October 23rd, 2009
11:43 pm

Here is the link of this video: http://www.vimeo.com/6445068