True Colors Fly in NY 23
Posted by Warren Peterson on November 2, 2009
In the supposedly solid Republican 23rd Congressional District in upstate New York, there will be a special election November 3, 2009 to fill the seat vacated by Cong. John McHugh who was appointed Secretary of the Army. The Republican district chairs selected New York Assemblywoman Dierdre Scozzafava, said to be a fiscal conservative but liberal on social issues, as the Republican candidate. In addition to the Democrat candidate, Bill Owens, the Conservative Party of New York also fielded a candidate, Doug Hoffman.
Former Speaker Newt Gingrich, National GOP Chair Michael Steele and a host of other Republican loyalist endorsed Ms. Scozzafava. Mr. Hoffman received endorsements from Sarah Palin and other noted conservatives. When it became apparent to the Republican candidate she could not win, she suspended her campaign October 31 and released her supporters to choose between the Democrat and the Conservative. Campaign spokesman Matt Burns said, “Scozzafava is essentially withdrawing from the race, although her name will remain on Tuesday’s ballot. She thinks stepping aside is best for the party”, he said.
Today, she repaid the party loyalist by endorsing the Democrat.