Republican in N.Y. 23rd abruptly suspends campaign

Newt Gingrich’s endorsement didn’t matter enough. This from the New York Times:

A moderate Republican whose candidacy for an upstate New York Congressional seat had set off a storm of opposition from national conservative leaders abruptly withdrew on Saturday, emboldening the party’s right at a time when the Republican Party is enmeshed in a debate over how to rebuild itself after last year’s losses.

The candidate, Dede Scozzafava, said she was suspending her campaign in the face of collapsing support and evidence that she was heading for a loss in a three-way race on Tuesday involving a conservative candidate, Douglas Hoffman, and a Democrat,Bill Owens.

Ms. Scozzafava had been under siege from conservative leaders because she supported gay rights and abortion rights and was considered too liberal on various fiscal issues.

The Republican National Committee, which had strongly backed Ms. Scozzafava’s candidacy, issued a statement applauding her decision and announcing it was now supporting Mr. Hoffman.

“Effective immediately, the RNC will endorse and support the conservative candidate in the race, Doug Hoffman. Doug’s campaign will receive the financial backing of the RNC, and get-out-the-vote efforts to defeat Bill Owens on Tuesday,” said Michael Steele, the party’s national chairman.

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10 comments Add your comment

BPJ

October 31st, 2009
4:55 pm

The right-wing takeover of the GOP is now complete.

It’s hard for a one-winged creature to fly.

Dr.Alan Phillips

October 31st, 2009
5:02 pm

It has been reported that Dede Scozzafava withdrew from the NY House race today. This is certainly good news for those of us who are not ashamed to fight for and uphold traditional conservative values. I continue however to be amazed at former House speaker Newt Gingrich who is purported to have said “I think we are going to get into a very difficult environment around the country if suddenly conservative leaders decide they’re going to anoint people without regard to local primaries and local choices.”

Mr. Gingrich, in announcing your support of Scozzafava that’s exactly what you did since she was confirmed by backroom bosses, ignoring the counsel of the people, and without benefit of a primary. Newt, I am not ashamed of my commitment to a conservative Republican party and candidates. The era of the RINO’s is over, and if you do not realize this fact, and continue your worthless bipartisan efforts you would be wise to withdraw your own actions toward a presidential nomination.

The Snark

October 31st, 2009
7:11 pm

Yes, “DR. PHILLIPS.” the era of the RINO is over, Unfortunately, it will be replaced with the era of the permanant Republican minority party.

The REAL GodHatesTrash, Superstar

October 31st, 2009
8:00 pm

It’s fun watching the rats devour each other.

General Sherman

October 31st, 2009
9:54 pm

God bless the conservative party. the democrats and republicans had all the chances in the world to do the right thing!

JD

October 31st, 2009
10:19 pm

Finally, the marginalization of the GOP is complete.

It is now a party of fear mongering homophobes.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

November 1st, 2009
10:04 am

Bill Owens, a Roman Catholic, is on the “American” end of that institution’s spectrum.

Hoffman’s on the other end: a dyed-in-the-wool fascist, so delusional he actually believes his views are American, and is a witting tool of the Roman Anti-Christ’s “Fifth Column.”

In Owens victory, the American People shall be the real winners.

JD

November 1st, 2009
11:28 am

Curious, what happens to the GOP if Dede Scozzafava still receives more votes than Hoffman?

Scozzfava is still going to be on the ballot Tuesday, and the newest poll data I have seen show her receiving more than Hoffman.

cletus T Rockafella

November 1st, 2009
11:51 am

It is simply amazing to me – either Mr. Galloway expects the dregs of society to post, or encourages it, I don’t know which. The ONLY fascist I have seen on this blog has been will jones. He continues to post lies about candidates, continues to support a president who has strong socialistic, if not fascist tendencies, states Norwood is a cousin of bush. He continues to tout some 5column crap that doesn’t, nor ever has existed. To what level does a person consume alcohol and/or drugs to be this misguided?

Daedalus

November 1st, 2009
7:39 pm

According to the New York Times Ms. Scozzafava has just endorsed the democrat in the race.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/02/nyregion/02district.html?_r=1&hp

And that the Conservative candidate doesn’t even live in the district:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/01/opinion/01rich.html?em