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. chelle

    Simple answer is no they don't know who they are endorsing – all they care is that they are "social conservatives". Whatever baggage they bring doesn't matter as long as they have that label. It doesn't matter if they don't understand local issues. The Republican Party should be telling Palin and the other ragtags to get out but they won't.

    November 10, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  2. Obama 2.0

    Easy one. BECOME an INDEPENDENT. Are you listening Charlie Crist??? Run as an Indepepndent.

    November 10, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  3. Ted Tartaglia

    All this criticism of Sarah Palin is moot. She is the darling of the conservative movement so Refuseniks had better beware. The conservative dream team is Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann. What a pair!

    November 10, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  4. pjc

    Take the party back from the right wing nuts and maybe the Republican party can again become a more acceptable alternative to the Democrats.

    Right now the major voice of the Republican party is one step away from wearing their hood and white sheets. Michael Steele is nothing but a shill who panders to those hate mongers!

    November 10, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  5. Gerald

    Palin is right once again, to bad the liberals and many republicans do not get it.

    November 10, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  6. Terry from West Texas

    It's the night of the long knives all over again, Republican style. They want to purify the party and expel anyone who deviates at all from party doctrine.

    Scozzafava was a loose cannon. She sometimes said "waver" instead of "flip-flop," "economy" instead of "free market," and sometimes she went a whole day without quoting Ronald Reagan. She had to go.

    November 10, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  7. [R]s are Dumbasrocks

    I'm not sure why ANYBODY who considers themselves politically related to the party of Lincoln would EVER associate themselves with the modern [R] party. The delusion and stupidy it takes to create such a backwards political entity is only matched buy those dimwits that are impaired and scared enough to join it.

    The birth-baggers who so proudly call themselves [R] or who mis-appropriate the label "conservative" should have a genetic check-up. Something really low has contaminated the gene pool on that side of the political fence.

    November 10, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  8. A guy

    Sorry, Republicans, but as a Democrat who has definitely suffered because of your foolish and misguided domestic and foreign policies, particularly during the Bush/Cheney disaster, I am thoroughly enjoying watching you all cannibalize each other.

    November 10, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  9. victim of republican greed

    There is always room for more good people in the ever increasing Democratic Party.

    November 10, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  10. Mike in MN

    Conservatives whether they identify as Republicans or independents won't support RINOs like Scozzafava. A RINO winning is no different than a Democrat winning. Speaking as a conservative independent, if the Republican party wants to become liberal lite, fine with me, I will vote for third party conservative candidates. I don't care what political label they pin on themselves, just that they share my conservative values. I could even vote for a Blue Dog Democrat if I believed they shared my conservative values. I give it one more year of unfettered liberal rule before voters won't want anything to do with any politican that looks anything like a liberal or progressive.

    November 10, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  11. rosebud

    Dede, I think I love you.

    November 10, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  12. Dan in Noo Yawk

    I disagree with Scozzafava's politics, but I heartily endorse her intelligence, grasp of the issues, and leadership potential. We need more people like her at the helm and fewer hardline religious extremists hijacking the ship of state.

    November 10, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  13. Gallimimus

    Yup, this is your Republican party. They eat their own!

    November 10, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  14. Big Ed

    I respect Dede. She seems to be concerned about her constituents and not all about the party.

    November 10, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  15. C from middle GA

    The Republican Party: They eat their own. Thanks for demonstrating it so well Sarah... Someday you too will be on the menu.

    November 10, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  16. CNN 100% censored reader

    Bye bye Dede, with your views you aren't welcome in the Republican Party. BTW, if you are pro-life, pro-gun, pro-small government, pro-lower taxes, etc. you aren't welcome in the Democratic Party either. Let's just put ALL the cards on the table before the liberals spout what WE need to do as a party. Our tent is now over-flowing with Republicans and Independents who've realized what a mistake they made last November. They won't make that mistake again. How's that hope and change working out for you? Double digit unemployment, massive deficits, low morale in the military, laughingstock around the world, bowing to the king of Saudi Arabia, abandon our allies, worldwide apology tour, won't admit a muslim terrorist murdered our soldiers, corrupt ACORN being swept under the carpet, Czars, etc. Wow, what a joke.

    November 10, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  17. MJ

    "How can Sarah Palin come out and endorse someone who can't answer some basic questions?"

    Because neither can Sarah.

    November 10, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  18. Tom in Delaware

    Don't go away mad, Dede...just go away.

    OK- yoo can go away mad if you want to, but please...just get out.

    BTW- She's no 'Moderate Republican'...she's a Liberal.

    November 10, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  19. GOPhatesAmerica

    "How can Sarah Palin come out and endorse someone who can't answer some basic questions?" Umm...because Sarah Palin can't answer basic questions either! She can't even name a paper she "reads". The current Republicans don't give a flip about anyone but themselves or the fringe right loonies. That is why they are soon to be extinct. :)

    November 10, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  20. Potomac Wonderfool

    Scozzfava's criticism sounds like sour grapes. These grapes are not sour, they are rotten. Not only they spoil the taste in your mouth, they make you sick. It certainly killed the Republican seat in the house after almost 150 years!

    November 10, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  21. Susie

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

    November 10, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  22. Tom L

    Democrat vs. Republican. Great.

    November 10, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  23. Not a moderate

    Scozzafava = sour grapes

    November 10, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  24. Duck Fallas

    "How can Sarah Palin come out and endorse someone who can't answer some basic questions?"

    I think you just answered your own question.

    (me so scared of Sarah)

    November 10, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  25. RealityKing

    "Scozzafava, the woman who has become the symbol of moderate Republicanism"!??

    HaHaHaHa! Nope..., no progressive bias here.

    November 10, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
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