November 10th, 2009
06:38 PM ET
4 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. Retired-Vet

    If Scozzafava, is a republican then I must be a far right nut. She is for abortion, the public option, big government and that is not a republican. Maybe she suits the Dem light but give me a break. She does not represent mainstream conservatives. No one is perfect but I can't abide someone who claims to be something that they aren't. She proved her republican leanings, supporting Owen.

    November 10, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  2. John

    Be wary of Sarah, DeDe. She has a habit of quitting right in the middle of things.

    November 10, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  3. Amanda

    Sarah Palin can endorse someone who can't even answer simple questions because she can't answer simple questions either! Stupid always backs stupid

    November 10, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  4. Terry from West Texas

    Go, Sarah, go! I support you 100% for the Republican presidential nomination. I am a proud Liberal, and I believe that someone like you can finally destroy Conservatism as a political force in America. Now, if you could only pick a running mate as dumb as the one McCain picked, I could sleep peacefully on election night 2012.

    November 10, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "Scozzafava is the symbol of democrats PRETENDING to be republicans."

    You mean like GOPers pretending to be disenfranchised Clinton supporters who would rather vote for McCain and everything they DON'T believe in than vote for Obama just because he got the nomination in 2008?

    November 10, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  6. Andie

    Oh, I get it now....I have proof that she is really a liberal Democrat. They always blame others for their failings, and they are always the "victim". There you go! She had to go and blame Sarah for her own failings!!!!!!!!!!! Proof is in the pudding.

    November 10, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  7. rachel

    Can we please stop feeding her ego? Maybe if the media would just stop mentioning Palin every few minutes she'd just go away...

    November 10, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  8. Benjamin

    Just to recap, in the special election for New York's 23rd congressional district, Sarah Palin endorsed the Conservative party candidate while Dede Scozzafava endorsed the Democratic party candidate.

    In the current political climate this may qualify Dede as "a symbol of moderate Republicans" but I daresay if a Democrat withdrew from a close race and endorsed a Republican candidate over a Liberal candidate the press would be calling them anything but "a symbol of moderate Democrats".

    November 10, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  9. bob

    i guess democrats think it is ok for a supposed republican to go against her party, I don't think they feel that way about Joe Lieberman

    November 10, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  10. ArnoldHiFive

    It figures that Palin would cause a split in the party. Scozzafava asked, "[h]ow can Sarah Palin come out and endorse someone who can't answer some basic questions?" Well, it's really easy because Palin can't answer basic questions either. Looks like carribou Barbie strikes again.

    November 10, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    ""There IS a lot of us"? DeDe your grammar isn't much better than Palin's but at least you think before you attack."

    Please pick up a grammar book and rethink your criticism. The sentence is "There is a lot." "Of us" is a prepositional phrase and therefore "us," though referring to many instead of one, cannot pluralize the verb form.

    November 10, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  12. Farandaway

    Dede Scozzafava, They got rid of you because your not a republican, you’re a liberal democrat in sheep’s clothes, please crawl back in your liberal hole.

    November 10, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  13. Just the facts

    Go Sarah, we Democrats fully support your unique outlook, which borders on the absurd. Go girl.

    November 10, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  14. KG, MN

    Sadly, as much as I respect Scozzafava (from what I've seen) it seems to me that if she were as physically attractive as Palin, it would have been a different story. Wrong, yes but probably right.

    November 10, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  15. Ethan

    To be honest, as a Liberal, I'd rather have a substantive debate with a REAL Republican like Dede than an all-out scream-fest with the bizarre lunatics of the christian right CULT.

    November 10, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  16. creeksiide

    I think Sara Palin is on the right track.We don't need lifetime politicians getting rich and fat off the system, we need people who are willing to roll up their sleeves and work.Alll you who blast Palin for her inexperience....tell me....just what are you currently getting for all the Washington experience? 2 term limits for all elected officials from the Federal level all the way down to the local level, maybe 3...and then they are out.

    November 10, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  17. LOL

    "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?"

    When I heard him speak for the first time, I immediately flashed back to Sarah Palin. Perhaps she "understands" him.

    November 10, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  18. Kyle

    The Dumcrats and the media is painting Dede Scozzafava as a moderate. The Dem who won is more moderate than Dede. She is pro abortion, pro health bill, pro stimulus bill, pro bailouts, pro obama. How can you be a moderate republican if you support 90% of Barry's agenda.

    Give me a break.

    November 10, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  19. betty

    Remarkable how uninformed you people are. You voted in a boy with no experience except to write TWO autobiographies in anticipation of his own greatness, drowned in his own ego, and you call Sarah a pawn? Please, get real. And good riddance to Dede S., the LIBERAL DEMOCRAT.

    November 10, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  20. william

    20% Republicans left and dwindling – and their strategy is to eat their own. Sounds like a plan for success to me....

    November 10, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  21. Maryann Rose

    Why is it that Conservatives rant and rave:

    'Government keep out of our Lives!' But when it comes to social issues like abortion and gay marriage they want to be right smack in the middle of our bedrooms and doctor's offices, telling us what we can and cannot do.

    Isn't that Government interfering in our lives?

    Can someone explain this to me?

    If it wasn't for the Republicans wanting Government interference on social issues, I'd BE a Republican!!

    November 10, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  22. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    The GOP is toast!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    November 10, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  23. mojo

    Palin endorsements of someone that does not know what they are talking about LOL

    November 10, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  24. Samurai Cowboy

    Sarah Palin: The Quitter with the Litter on Twitter.

    November 10, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  25. jolie

    This is rich. Palin tried to run the GOP show and it backfired in a big way – yet once again. The Republicans are evaporating into insane oblivion.

    November 10, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
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