October 31st, 2009
12:53 PM ET
5 years ago

RNC commends Scozzafava, endorses Hoffman

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele endorsed Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman in NY-23's special election.
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele endorsed Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman in NY-23's special election.

WASHINGTON (CNN)– Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele quickly endorsed Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman in New York's 23rd congressional district Saturday, after Republican Dede Scozzafava's late decision to drop out of the special election.

Steele, who formally endorsed Scozzafava earlier this week, commended her decision to bow out of the race.

"This selfless act of releasing her supporters provides voters with the opportunity to unite around a candidate who shares Republican principles and will serve the interests of his constituents in Congress by standing in opposition to the liberal policies of President Obama and Speaker Pelosi," Steele said in a statement released by the Republican National Committee.

"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," he said.


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soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. me

    Saracuda's Tsunami is coming.....this will be so fun :)

    October 31, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  2. John Hemrick

    M. Steele,
    NOW YOU ENDORSE Hoffman!
    You endorsed her because she was the "party nominee". YOU are the party chairman and you never should have endorsed that RINO.
    Now you are endorsing Hoffman? You should have been high on his list long ago. Talk about a Johnny come lately, you are the king.
    She never was what we want and did you see she couldn't even endorse Hoffman!
    She couldn't even say Republican Party, she said my party will emerge etc. etc.
    This is a Republican. YOU ENDORSED HER.
    She was always a RINO and you endorsed her. What the h–l is wrong with you?

    October 31, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  3. FRANK, Las Vegas

    I think we just found out who runs the GOP. No more center right, just extreme right. Palin, Rush and the rest of the Fix News group. The GOP continues to move right, right and more right. Then they wonder why their party is only 20% of the nation. Now with this move that number is probably 15%. Any republican who is center right is not welcome in the new GOP. It shows how strong the extreme right has become in the GOP, they scared Newt and Steele into changing their minds. Everyone welcome the new GOP representing 15% of America.

    October 31, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  4. B

    Steele is destoying the RNC, but why not let him do it.

    October 31, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  5. Kevin

    The moderate Republican dropping out of the race because the CONSERVATIVE party candidate is eating up her share of support is conclusive proof that today's Republican Party has been taken over by extremists.

    The Democratic Party clearly represents the diversity, inclusiveness, and moderation of our country today.

    October 31, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  6. mhetz

    Ok- is time to take back the House 1 seat at a time. Let's get candidates that won't forget who they work for. Go Hoffman!

    October 31, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  7. KR

    This man goes whatever way he is lead, right, wrong, or indifferent. What amazes me it is obvious that Hoffman has won and you still continue to spend RNC funds. I wonder how many people could profit from this now ego trip that the repubs are on. Now I know CNN you will knock that comment off.

    October 31, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  8. Jay T.

    Steele is epically spine-less.

    October 31, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  9. tommygunn

    Way to go MIKE.....

    No more MODERATE REPUBLICAN...enough of the ole WEAR YOUR HAT based on how you ROLE is out the door.

    It's more like WEAR YOUR HAT based on what Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin view in AMERICA.

    The REPUBLICAN is prunning it's constiuents...either you are a CONSERVATIVE or other.....

    October 31, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  10. They call me "tater salad"

    Can you say....... KISS OF DEATH?

    October 31, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  11. File under "Sarcasm"

    Owens is history.

    October 31, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  12. GOPer

    So replace a "selfless act" with a selfish one from pandering Steele. Say it ain't so.

    Palin and Limbaugh really are the GOPer leaders. What a joke.

    October 31, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  13. Connie, Indiana

    Flip-Flopper, you guys eat your own spit them out, and go about your way...

    October 31, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  14. Hammerer

    No one cares who the RNC endorces. Steele shuold wake up and listen. Voters could care less about politicans want. The voters want their voice heard and don't need any more Republicans. They want a candidate that will listen and represent them, not a political party.

    October 31, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  15. Perusing-through

    PROOF OF SARAH PALIN's PROWESS IN THE GOP

    No other way to describe this but a win for the extreme right-wing faction of Sarah Palin's Republican Party.

    Religious-right crusader Sarah Palin backed extremist Doug Hoffman, and then GOP Governor Pawlenty followed by GOP Party Chairman Michael Steele and past GOP Leader Newt Gingrich had to switch their endorsement to Doug Hoffman after Palin put her foot down and Republican Moderate Dede Scozzafava quit NY-23 race.

    October 31, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  16. GPC

    The RNC supports their candidates until it is politically expedient to support another party. Gotta love the loyalty they exhibit.

    October 31, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  17. Dan

    I can't wait for the day this dunder-head stops speaking.

    October 31, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  18. Tom in Delaware

    Thank You Dede for doing the right thing for the party and your country.

    Now maybe the Republican Party will finally start listening to what the Conservatives have been saying for the past 2 years.

    This is your wake-up call.

    October 31, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  19. Brian Wilson

    Ooops looks like the RNC made a mistake in choosing their candidate. It's hilarious to watch them jump on the Hoffman bandwagon once they realized he was going to win. It's like a kid going "me too, me too"! Real question: why did they pick Scozzafava over Hoffman. Maybe, just maybe, they're not *actually* conservative. Come on RNC, it takes more than a last minute switch to win my support.

    October 31, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  20. diridi

    how idiotic...she does not have any charisma for herself...GOP asks her to endorse...ha...ha...ha...if she has, should have stood...right....this is solid proof, that GOP and Republicans have no brain....listen to this educated....God bless the nation, the USA!!!!

    October 31, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  21. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Why doesn't this jerk just shut his stupid mouth? How much does he earn for being a GOP dope?

    October 31, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  22. Steve

    All these spineless GOP hacks are now endorsing Hoffman.Where were they when he was behind their Acorner candidate by 8 points?Hiding in the closet reading quotes from Mao,like Anita Dunn?Theres one thing for sure in the GOP,a few of their women have enough guts to stand up and fight for conservatives.Gingrich well now he endorses like all these late commers.They just showed Americans how spineless their party really is when it comes to supporting conservatives.I hope Hoffman wins this.I hope the GOP takes notes about what just happened here.Being a mirror of the DNC is not an alternative to the DNC.

    October 31, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  23. way to be a good follower Shaft

    now work on that yes sir, no sir so that you can cower properly

    you are doing a fine job and getting your marching orders from Rush and Hannity, I don't believe I have seen a person sell their soul as well as you

    October 31, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  24. james

    Interesting. I didn't hear Scozzafava endorse Hoffman.

    October 31, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  25. Keith in Austin

    Dede did what was right for conservatism! In contrast, can anyone imagine self-centered beurocrats like Barney Frank sacrificing his political future for the good of the Democrat Party? Of course not! Self-serving hypocrits like; Rangel, Dodd, Reid, Pelosi and Obozo et al, will ultimately bring the whole left-wing ideology down in the gutter and certain defeat in 2010 and 2012. Just wait and see folks! It can't happen soon enough either.

    October 31, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
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