(CNN) - George Pataki has endorsed third-party conservative Doug Hoffman over Republican Dede Scozzafava in New York's special congressional race, making the three-term former governor the latest high profile Republican to weigh in against his party's choice.
In a statement released Thursday night, Pataki suggested electing the moderate Scozzafava could amount to giving "another vote to Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid."
"Doug Hoffman will stand up to Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. He will fight for all the residents of northern New York," Pataki said. "He will fight for our proud servicemen and women at Fort Drum, our dairy farmers in Lowville and our manufacturers in Plattsburgh."
While GOP party leaders are standing firmly behind Scozzafava, several Republicans have aligned themselves with Hoffman in recent weeks, including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. A handful of Republican members of Congress have also backed Hoffman.
There's speculation Pataki is considering a run for Senate in 2010, though the New York Republican has given no indication one way or the other whether he is considering a bid.
The party of No continues...
The GOP is destroying themselves from within. The far right wing of the party will NEVER go mainstream.
Nobody cares more about Plattsburgh, NY than Sarah Palin.
So our previous do nothing governor supports Hoffman. Who cares!
The road to the white house is in the middle not the far right. Did we not learn from the Palin mistake.
Ahh yes. George Pataki. My old neighbor. Wife stayed at the governor's mansion. Mistress down at his farm. Old George had it going on! Stole my other neighbor's cat, though. Not a bad governor in hindsight. I'll give him that. Have a nice day!
"Doug Hoffman will stand up to Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. He will fight for all the residents of northern New York," Pataki said. "He will fight for our proud servicemen and women at Fort Drum, our dairy farmers in Lowville and our manufacturers in Plattsburgh
He will wear teabags on his head and call for the appeal of the dismissed case that contends that President Obama was born in Nigeria. Having never served a day in the Armed Forces, he will be proud to vote to send your sons and daughters off to die in the Afghan wastelands. Then he will insist we rebuild their country, yet deny every American healthcare. He will lie and promote fear, and if you don't vote for him...you're not a true American...so vote for him New Yorkers...or your children will all die in a communist run indoctrination camp...
Saracuda's Tsunami has begun.....this is getting fun :)
"He will fight for our proud servicemen and women at Fort Drum, our dairy farmers in Lowville and our manufacturers in Plattsburgh."
How come nobody ever fights for all the people GE laid off in Schenectady? Have a nice day!
There you have it folks, you can't be a Republican unless you are a foaming at the mouth, hard core, right winger. Republican message: moderates and liberals not welcome. The party continues to marginalize itself and becomes even more irrelevant.
Ahh, yes. Republican cannibalism. So when do you think the party will implode and two separate but equally useless and ignorant parties will emerge?
Anyway, meh. None of the candidates in the race looks good at this point.
Looks like the republicans are also lining themselves up behind rabid, violence and obstruction.....otherwise they wouldn't pick this way out guy.
And people thought true republicans wanted their party back. Well we see who are not and never have been true republicans. They are just a bunch of hacks, out to make a buck and fleeze the public. I hope Hoffman losses his butt.
Well done! Prepare the stage for a permanent MINORITY!
Those the gods want to destroy, he first makes them drunk.
CNN, now you can't say Palin went on a limb by endorsing Hoffman. It seems that all smart republicans are endorsing him.
The era of neoconservatism is over! Thank God! These neocons destroyed our country and our economy by manufacturing a war in Iraq, reckless spending, no-bid contracts, prepetuating the survival of the fittest mantra - all in the name of christianity? Wow! I am fiercely independent. However, a close look at the Bible places the Democratic Party closer to the teachings of Christ on most issues conservaives would liek to lay a claim on. What a shame! Die fast, die quickly, just like your health plan!
The era of neoconservatism is over! Thank God! These neocons destroyed our country and our economy by manufacturing a war in Iraq, reckless spending, no-bid contracts, perpetuating the survival of the fittest mantra - all in the name of christianity? Wow! I am fiercely independent. However, a close look at the Bible places the Democratic Party closer to the teachings of Christ on most issues conservaives would like to lay a claim on. What a shame! Die fast, die quickly, just like your health plan!
Does anyone care what Pataki thinks anymore? But it will be interesting to see if the future of the republican party is center right or right right. It seems that it is going to be right right. Which of course means that the republican party will be the republican group.
LAME! Pataki, you're a hack.
Upstate NY Republicans ARE moderate. That's why she is their choice.
Hoffman doesn't even live in that district! The democrat is going to win because of the Republican/conservative infighting, regardless.
Pataki & Palin ,not exactly great Ex Governors wish for the
same candidate to win,no surprise there!
And the Birthers and Tea Partiers convert another drone to their wicked cause...... Be afraid, be very afraid.
Dede is not a moderate, she's a liberal. And the endorsements for Hoffman are not a handful, they're overwhelming. Only two prominent Repubs are for Dede. Steels is obligated to, and Newt stepped on his you know what by doing so.
The loud ultra-conservatives ideologues seem to prefer to loose an election to a Democrat rather than let a moderate Republican have a chance. The Republican Party umbrella is more like a cocktail parasol, doesn't cover much.... Let the infighting continue and the Democrats will be in power for a very long time.....
et tu Brute'?
say it ain't so!!
It has to be a coincidence
they say if you stand on a street corner and ask 1000 women to go to bed with you, you will get slapped 999 times, but 1 of the 1000 will say yes
is this the one action Palin took of the 1000 train wrecks?
Oooh, Pataki. This guy got endorsed by Pataki? Oooooh. Well, then this election is as good as over. Pataki endorsed him. Ooooh. Oooh. Wow! Oooh! Pataki is so influential. Pataki is as influential to New York state politics as Air Bud is to the NFL. Ooh! Wow, Pataki. Yeah, that's a big deal. Isn't it?
I was at the edge of my seat waiting to see who Rick Santorum endorsed.