October 30th, 2009
08:49 AM ET
4 years ago

Pataki picks Hoffman

George Pataki is backing Hoffman over the Republican Party's choice.
George Pataki is backing Hoffman over the Republican Party's choice.

(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.


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  1. Monrob

    The party of No continues...

    October 30, 2009 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  2. Jessie

    The GOP is destroying themselves from within. The far right wing of the party will NEVER go mainstream.

    October 30, 2009 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  3. Duck Fallas

    Nobody cares more about Plattsburgh, NY than Sarah Palin.

    Suckers.

    October 30, 2009 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  4. Barbara Indpendent in NY

    So our previous do nothing governor supports Hoffman. Who cares!

    October 30, 2009 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  5. JP

    The road to the white house is in the middle not the far right. Did we not learn from the Palin mistake.

    October 30, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  6. Randolph Carter, I'm no anorak, but....

    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!

    October 30, 2009 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  7. Republicans are the American Taliban

    "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...

    October 30, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  8. me

    Saracuda's Tsunami has begun.....this is getting fun :)

    October 30, 2009 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  9. Randolph Carter, I'm no anorak, but....

    "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!

    October 30, 2009 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  10. John

    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.

    October 30, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  11. Carmen, Miami FL

    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.

    October 30, 2009 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  12. We Won Get Over It

    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.

    October 30, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  13. Von Bismark-Vienna

    Well done! Prepare the stage for a permanent MINORITY!
    Those the gods want to destroy, he first makes them drunk.

    October 30, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  14. Mark

    CNN, now you can't say Palin went on a limb by endorsing Hoffman. It seems that all smart republicans are endorsing him.

    October 30, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  15. CHANGE.COM

    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!

    October 30, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  16. CHANGE.COM

    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!

    October 30, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  17. FRANK, Las Vegas

    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.

    October 30, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  18. Don, Upstate NY

    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.

    October 30, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  19. M .J. Leclerc

    Pataki & Palin ,not exactly great Ex Governors wish for the
    same candidate to win,no surprise there!

    October 30, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  20. Tim

    And the Birthers and Tea Partiers convert another drone to their wicked cause...... Be afraid, be very afraid.

    October 30, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  21. Steve851

    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.

    October 30, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  22. Mark S.

    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.....

    October 30, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  23. including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin

    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?

    October 30, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  24. Fenarkleman

    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?

    October 30, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  25. JJ Jones

    I was at the edge of my seat waiting to see who Rick Santorum endorsed.

    October 30, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
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