(CNN) - Not only is the former Republican candidate in a special New York congressional election now supporting the Democrat in the race, she is actively campaigning for him.
According to the Watertown Daily Times and confirmed by Owens' spokesman, former Republican candidate Dede Scozzafava appeared an event with Democrat Bill Owens in Canton, New York Sunday.
"It's not about ideology, it's about the local issues," Scozzafava said during the event, according to the paper. She also urged her one-time opponent to avoid the "hateful and divisive" tactics that ultimately led to her withdrawal from the race 24 hours earlier.
Under heavy pressure from national conservatives who are supporting third-party candidate Doug Hoffman in the state's 23rd congressional district, Scozzafava said Saturday she was suspending her campaign.
Owen's spokesman would not indicate if Scozzafava was expected to appear on the trail with Owens Monday.
Localism vs carpetbaggers from Alaska, Minnesota, and Texas.
This has been a republican stronghold for decades...how does this indicate anything???
If Hoffman gets elected he will only hold one term.......people will see him for what he stands for and how un informed he is and the people will wish they had voted for the Democrat........this man looks like a weasle.........
A Reagan Republican is not a fiscal conservative. Ron was not much into balancing budgets. Hoffman says he is a true Reagan Conservative.
The Republican party has decided it doesn't want any moderate members in its ranks. And demonizing Pelosi will also drive away many female voters who don't feel welcome in the party of macho. "GOP" now means women need not apply unless they are air headed rightwing "babes" like Sarah Palin.
Since when did being a Republican mean you MUST be a social conservative??? How sad that the GOP has been reduced to this. Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln must be spinning in their graves!!!!! TR was a reformer (what would be called a "liberal" now) and well duh so was Lincoln. It is absolutely horrific that in order to be considered a Republican now, you must have a socially conservative viewpoint. Fiscal conservative is no longer enough.
So they prop up a guy who doesn't live in the district and isn't aware of the needs of the district but he passes the Conservative litmus test? I'm so sorry for those people in the district when this guys ambitions are national as opposed to local.
Being a New Yorker' I can tell you it's likely this person has been promised a pension job, at the very least it smells suspicious.
Ms. Scozzafava decided to support the candidate that actually lives in the district and has been able to talk about and debate the issues of the district. When asked about local issues Mr. Hoffmann had no answer.
A RINO stumping for a democrat. No surprise here.
As I look from abroad (The Netherlands) to the politics in America are a bit strange. Debate is good, dialog is good. Both are necessary for getting a clear picture. De GOP is injecting fear and principles (which the didn't live up to, during Bush).
If dialog is so hard for the GOP, bipartisanship is something of the past. Amarica will pay the prize.
I'm proud of this woman for making a stand. She seems to be getting pushed out by the far right wing of the party...by a man who doesn't even live in the district.
This is great! The Democrat and Republican are working together to help save the district from a whacked out nut job
Hmmm, another party hopping Dem. Stop acting like an R, the Repubs are too smart to vote for your wasteful spending, healthcare ruining politics. All we need is more dems to put us further into the financial hole....good riddance.
Go Scozzafava/Owens! Dede did not deserve the deplorable treatment from the GOP elite trying to push the party farther to the extreme right.
I'm still amazed the Republicans think that they, the people who got us into this disasterous economic mess are the ones to get us out of it.
Who was that famous politician who once said that politics is local?
Ms Scozzafava and Mr. Owens represent local voters and address local issues. Mr. Hoffman is the National candidate for the wing of the GOP that lost the last election, and they are angry.
Congratulations to Ms. Scozzafava for taking a courageous decision for the benefit of the voters in her district. I hope NY-23 tells the small-tent, narrow-minded, national GOP to mind their own business.
I'm against this 2 party system. May the best person win, but then again the Best are not in Politics! They can't afford to even run! Take this money out of Politics and I bet we'd get some seriosly GOOD folks to run! Peace
This just proves the conservatives were correct to support Hoffman all along. She's really a Democrat. If the RNC wants to recruit Democrats to run as Republicans, they can expect no support from either conservative Republicans or conservative independents. No conservative would ever vote for a Democrat even if they call themselves a Republican.
Hoffman has already won..the repub who withdrew was running on identity politics...she voted and lib and has lost because of it...
She is willing to help the candidate she feels will do the best job, even if that candidate is a member of a different party. I can respect that.
Hoffman by a landslide.................................
Scozzafava is no Republican! She is grossly overinformed and disgustingly open-minded! Good riddance!
And so the Republican "Big Tent" shrank some more... soon it really will just be the mega-rich, the self-promoters, the wishful thinkers, the easily deluded and the loonies.
Best wishes to the people of NY-23. I'm sure you did nothing to deserve this ridiculous political circus. Choose the candidate who will represent you best and to heck with the pundits and prognosticators!
proves she was always a Liberal...LOSER