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. doro

    Go Dede! I voted a straight Republican ticket for over 20 years; never again. The ongoing purge-and-purification process by ultra-rightists is too much for me to stomach. The most radical Democrat could do no greater damage to the country, its institutions and its founding principles than these raging Taliban know-nothings who are now devouring the GOP.

    November 10, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  2. Michael-SC

    when whas the last time that Palin said anything that had any smarts?
    I give her,that she knows how to make money.
    Other than that. Lies from the bridge to nowhere to the death-panel.
    the most clueless outspoken person I heard in years

    November 10, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  3. LacrosseDad

    will someone inform Scozzafava that she is NOT a Republican and don't pretend to be one.

    November 10, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  4. SMJ

    Well, what do you think, she can't answer basic questions, they speak the same language.

    November 10, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  5. hawkeye

    What would you expect from the rogue? Back a nother candidate who knows nothing, what an air head. I am convinced that 70% of all Republicans are dumber than average. Palin for PRESIDENT 2012.

    November 10, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  6. A. Goodwin

    I'm so tired of hearing things like this...why don't right wing neocon's become their own party and let moderate and progressive Republican's do their thing?

    Palin is just another soundbite in time. There is no way in heck she will be a serious presidential contender. If so, she has all but gauranteed a victory for Obama...which I completely welcome!

    November 10, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  7. shmeckel

    "Darling of the Republican Party's conservative grassroots"

    Funny stuff.

    This is entertaining. Republicans' don’t much care for Palin, but out of hatred the left will keep this woman in business. Watch this blog will have 300 comments with about %75 being hateful from the left, and it will happen in record time.

    November 10, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  8. David from Alaska

    No one should be surprised that Palin endorsed a candidate who knew nothing about the issues. Palin herself knows nothing about policy and issues.

    Palin claims to represent "values." But what does Palin's record show that she value?

    Palin's record shows that she significantly increased taxes on the most inportant industry in Alaska and she redistributed that wealth to the residents of Alaska.

    Palin's not a conservative, she's not even properly defined as a populist. The correct lable for her is "opportunist."

    November 10, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  9. Johnny B

    "How can Sarah Palin come out and endorse someone who can't answer some basic questions?" Well it would seem that they are two peas in a pod. Sarah Palin will happily endorse someone who cannot answer basic questions, just as she could not answer basic question during her Vice presidential campaign. It is not the questions and answers that matter, it is the view points that the ultra conservatives care about.

    November 10, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    I really wish Palin would just say what she thinks: NOTHING.

    November 10, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  11. Michele

    It's very curious that Palin attacks the President and even Republicans after accepting money from insurance companies, gets headlines, and then is deemed to have "leadership skills" by her drooling fans. The Pied Piper had leadership skills as well, and all the children followed him into the lake.

    November 10, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  12. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    Scozzafava is the symbol of democrats PRETENDING to be republicans. When a democrat like her doesn't think he or she can get nominated by their party because of competition or whatever, they claim to be a republican. That way, not only can they get elected but they can dilute and sabotage the GOP in the process. If the republicans don't wise up to this little trick and cleanse their ranks, their party is doomed.

    November 10, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  13. Grrr-awful-o

    Scozzafava is viewed as a moderate Republican? I thought I was a moderate Republican! Republicans consider her as much of a Republican as Democrats view Lieberman to be a Democrat. At least get that part straight!

    November 10, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  14. 30 Year Veteran

    GO PALIN. Don't let idiots take you down. Stand up and fight back. After all it was these same morons who put a Erkel Muslim at the head of our government. He bows to Muslim Kings like the King of Saudia Arabia. But yet will not wear the US Flag or bow to our strongest ally the Queen of England. IMPEACH HIM NOW. Was a Democrat for 50-years. I didn't quit them until I finally wised up in seeing the direction they are going. That is straight to Hades taking fellow Americans with them.

    November 10, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  15. A staunch supporter

    Don't miss the companion video to Sarah's book. It's called Nailin' Palin. It shows Sarah at her best!

    November 10, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  16. Barbie

    If Palin can't answer basic question, why would she expect others to?

    November 10, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  17. Mike in Minneapolis

    Thank you Sarah! You got us another democrat elected! Keep up the good work and don't stop now!

    November 10, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  18. JA/TN

    there is a word for such actions disorganized or division

    November 10, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  19. Joe Dokes

    More evidence of how destructive Palin is to the GOP. There's a reason Democrats love this woman.

    November 10, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  20. oPIE

    Who didn't see this coming? I can only hope that the extreme right leadership (talk radio hosts) keeps leading their followers and candidates to the slaughter. Not only will conservatives peel off GOP voters, they are pushing the remainder of the sane wing of the GOP under the same tent as the democrats. The extreme right is going to wake up one day soon and realize that they put themselves in an (even more) inescapable minority. Sarah Palain / Joe Wilson 2012!!!!!!!

    November 10, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  21. Ben in Texas

    Palin continues to slash and burn her way through the Repugnant Party, like Sherman through Georgia, leaving scorched earth in her wake. She could almost single-handedly remove the Repugnants as an organized force in this country. In its place, there will be a small, tightly knit contingent of the uber-wacko fringe who can form their own religious organization and move to the Appalachians.

    Thanks, Sarah!

    November 10, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  22. Enough

    Someone a little jealous?? Little green monster is showing Scozzafava and it's not very becoming.

    November 10, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  23. David Newport, OR

    one...I never knew a Republican had any brains...obviously I was wrong. Scozzafava, I can respect you and you are welcome on my side any day.

    November 10, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  24. Al-NY,NY

    Dede. Join the others who are now not good enough to be a Republican. You dare to have free will and not cowtow to fat boy, Failin Palin, et al so you are no longer welcome.

    November 10, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  25. KathyC in MInnesota

    It was evident that Dede Scozzafava did not meet the criteria of Sarah Palin. Moderates within the Republican Party need not be included.

    Will this be Sarah Palin's MO to intervene in elections where she is not wanted because the candidate does not meet her brand of Republican??? How sad that this is what the GOP is being reduced to.

    November 10, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
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