November 10th, 2009
06:38 PM ET
5 years ago

Scozzafava takes on Palin

Dede Scozzafava, the woman who has become the symbol of moderate Republicanism, is taking a shot at former Republican vice presidential hopeful Sarah Palin.
Dede Scozzafava, the woman who has become the symbol of moderate Republicanism, is taking a shot at former Republican vice presidential hopeful Sarah Palin.

Washington (CNN) – Dede Scozzafava, the woman who has become the symbol of moderate Republicanism, is taking a shot at former Republican vice presidential hopeful Sarah Palin, the woman who has become the darling of the Republican Party's conservative grassroots.

In a new interview, the state assemblywoman also lets loose on former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who chose to endorse Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman over Scozzafava, her party's official nominee, in the closely-watched race in New York's 23rd congressional district.

The Hoffman campaign and many of his supporters targeted Scozzafava on some of her more moderate views, particularly on social issues.

The growing conservative support for Hoffman, including the endorsements from Palin and other prominent conservatives, eventually led Scozzafava - who had been hand-picked by local party leaders - to drop out of the race just days before Election Day.

"How can Sarah Palin come out and endorse someone who can't answer some basic questions?" Scozzafava told the Washington Post. "Do these people even know who they are endorsing?"

In the interview, Scozzafava - who ended up backing the race's victor, Democrat Bill Owens - sounded a bitter note about how she was treated by members of her own party.

"It was organized," Scozzafava told the Post about the attacks against her by Palin, other prominent conservative figures, and conservative advocacy groups. "There is a lot of us who consider ourselves Republicans, of the Party of Lincoln. If they don't want us with them, we're going to work against them."


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soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. clueless

    You say "Dede Scozzafava, the woman who has become the symbol of moderate Republicanism"

    Didn't she endorse the Democrat in the NY 23 election? Who declared her the "symbol" of moderate Republicanism.

    November 10, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    Palin is used as the one to do the dirty work, tell the lies, spread the hate for the GOP then the men in that party laugh and say they are clean - they didn't dirty their hands.

    Palin is a pawn of hate, fear, deceit, divisiveness for the GOP. A PAWN. A stupid pawn.

    November 10, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  3. Eleanor

    "If they don't want us with them, we're going to work against them."

    Come to the dark side, Dede! We have the White House, and majorities in both houses!

    Sincerely,
    The Proud and Progressive Democratic Party

    November 10, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  4. Lisa

    Nice. The GOP is imploding. R.I.P

    November 10, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  5. Fred in Cypress

    Who is this Scozzafava???

    November 10, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  6. frank

    Don't let those party extremists tell you what to do. They can't think and they don't like anyone who can.

    November 10, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  7. Mike in Dallas

    Now thats what I'm talking about. Neo-cons dont love America, only money. They cannot have all the money and the power of government. We the people would be totally screwed in the name of small govt and BIG money. STRAIGHT DEM TICKET.

    November 10, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  8. Joe in Vega$

    I think the "grass roots" proudly shouting out "GO SARAH" like she is some sort of Rocky-like underdog are hilarious. She quit her job and ditched her state on July 3 to cash-in on a book deal worth millions. And you saps are proud of her for that?

    November 10, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  9. Michael

    The moderates need to rise up and rescue the Republican Party from the extremist nutjobs like Palin, Steele, Boehner, Inhofe and all the talking heads on radio/TV or they will languish at the bottom for a long time to come.

    November 10, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  10. frank

    scozzafava...should take a cup of java and forget about politics
    she IS not a republican and not a conservative
    she caused the lose of this seat!

    November 10, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  11. Barbara

    Palin couldn't answer basic questions herself when she was the GOP pick for vice president.
    Why shouldn't she endorse someone else who can't?

    November 10, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  12. HarryB

    Good for you, Dede. If thecountry is ever going to recover from Extremism, it will take more candidates like you, who are either moderate Republicans or moderate Democrats to lead the charge. Ultra Liberals and Right Wing Republicans are a recipe for disaster.

    November 10, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  13. yuri

    Stubbornness or Obsrinacy, thy name is Palinism! Beware, moderare repubs! Palin is outta get you like a croc.

    November 10, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  14. KMAN

    It's been apparent for quite some time that Sarah the Quitter is a political wh*re with concern for only herself. It's sad that our country has spawn some people so stupid that they think she has something to offer our nation ... if you don't count hate and fear-mongering ...she doesn't.

    November 10, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  15. D. Tree

    Ultra-conservatives like Sarah Palin can't keep their noses out of America's bedrooms.

    They say they are all for Freedom, but they are the first to tell you how to live your life.

    You might be worried about government intruding on your life, but you should be much more worried about people like Sarah Palin intruding on it.

    November 10, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  16. tim

    the party of lincoln became the democratic party , and with this woman gone there is nothing left of the gop but a bunch of right wing loony tunes .even crist is a wimp trying to deny he supported the economic stimulis hes a lair i herd crist on tv saying how good the economic stimulis would be for his state . see crist has to move so far to the right to even get a look in in 2012 , well hes a proven lair . this woman has principles something palin knows nothing about as all palin thinks about is how much money she can make geeze what a christian that is .

    November 10, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  17. Jake

    Sarah Palin is careless. She will never secure the GOP nomination because of her reckless postings on Facebook which will be a permanent trail she leaves for future opponents to take her out swiftly and EASILY.

    I would feel sorry for her if she wasn't such a ruthless, cocky, mean-spirited woman. Ready to point a finger of judgement at anyone who has different viewpoints or lifestyles than her conservative base (because we all have a good idea of the immoral life she leads behind closed doors) She is the female version of George Bush, and that is frightening!

    November 10, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  18. val

    Sarah Palin can endorse someone that can't answer some basic questions because she couldn't, remember the interview with Katie Couric. Birds of a feather flock together.

    November 10, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  19. george from alaska

    palin is back at her "death panel" baloney. that alone proves that she cares nothing about reality or truth. the only "death panels" are already in place...they are called insurance companies. the folks up here in alaska finally got fed up with her lies and ran her out of town on a rail. that witch is the most dishonest, backstabbing, self-serving, lying, sack of dog crap imaginable...and many in the lower 48 are fooled by her false apple pie goody goody i'm one of ya'll you betcha tv image. they don't even know anything about her other than what her lie machine feeds them. anyone that believes she is like her tv image probably still believes in the tooth fairy or the easter bunny. alaska state employees call her "big sarah" for her gigantically swelled head full of megalomaniacal self importance.

    folks, wake up & smell the coffee!

    November 10, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  20. Jeremy in Albuquerque

    Don't take it too hard Ms Scozzafava. The conservative movement endorses attitude over intelligence, and belligerence over awareness and knowlege of our country's real issues. I'm sorry they're tearing your party apart, but I think you've been asking for it for years as your party has been romancing votes from this group.

    November 10, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  21. Peter s

    Thanks Dede Scozzafava! for caaling on these aristocrates! they shed crocodile tears for the country yet they quit on the same country when they see dollares!!

    November 10, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  22. MARK

    Who cares what Scozzafava says. She only polled aout 13% in the election before she dropped out.

    November 10, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  23. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    Dede thank-you for your service to Northern NY. You are about representing the people of your home, not some politcal agenda that doesn't address the issues of NY. Maybe if more representitives were interested in representing thier districts first before they accept all of that special interest money for election or re-election, we would be much better off.

    November 10, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  24. Dave

    It is time for us all to admit to the two party scam and support third party candidates!

    November 10, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  25. victim of republican greed

    While Hoffman could not answer even easy questions, neither could Palin. It seems to be the one common thread of the wingnuts.

    November 10, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
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