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. hobart

    It's about time that moderate Republicans stand up for themselves, and take their party back from the intolerant authoritarian lunatic fringe. Hint to intolerant neocon nazis: Lincoln was not a secessionist, and Reagan's party had a big tent.

    November 10, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  2. suefromALASKA

    Sarah, herself, cannot answer basic question. This woman flies by the seat of her dress. For her ignorance is bliss.

    We is Alaska are so thankful she is no longer our governor. She proved to be a disaster on every issue. Her management style was, and still is, the middle-school. back-stabbing, I've-got-to have-it-all-my-way, cheerleader, beauty-queen mode.

    Thank God and McCain she is GONE!

    November 10, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  3. Larry

    Everything Palin does is for money

    She has no idea what she stands for

    It's simply about money for her

    A dull, brain dead twit, who likes money and attention ... Period

    November 10, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  4. The Dude

    Is Palin a self-promoting twit? You betcha!

    Does she have any sense of ethics? It ain't so, Joe.

    November 10, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  5. Brian

    Not sure why they [CNN] continue to brand these folks as conservatives. They want in your doctors office and in your bedroom while screaming personal rights and small government. They're tear a whole in the bottom of your pocket with "drunk sailor" spending over the last 8 yrs while crying about taxes and apparently they will eat they're young and cut they're own noses off at a chance to do it all over again. When are the real conservatives going to wake up to self serving fanaticism that has been hijacked in the name of "conservatism?"

    November 10, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  6. charlie in Maine

    Sarah Palin is living proof of what happens when you but party above priciipal. We have people like that in the Democratic Party as well but they usually work for the real leaders. For the GOP it looks like it is the other way around.

    November 10, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  7. The Power be with You

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

    My reply to that,

    "Because Hoffman is just like Palin, they both cannot answer basic questions but Sarah thinks she is the best qualified to maybe run for the presidency of the U.S.A.!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    November 10, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  8. Jose in Tx

    Have you guys at CNN become Palin groupies? What's up with all of the minute by minute reporting on Sarah Palin?

    November 10, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  9. vicki

    Just goes to show everyone...they are "sheep"...will follow anyone put out in front in the name of conservatism. How truly sad.

    November 10, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  10. Fan of Common Sense

    There is nothing MODERATE about letting the homosexuals destroy marriage. There is nothing MODERATE about Scozzafava. He is a hard-core left-wing radical who, like many other so-called republicans, are trying to sabotage the GOP.

    CNN, the fact you would try to characterize this woman as a moderate just shows your obvious bias. Sarah Palin is the moderate.

    November 10, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  11. carol

    Palin just wants to go rogue. No substance behind what she does.

    November 10, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  12. Drew

    The Party of Lincoln is no more. That ended when Teddy Roosevelt left the party. Progressives in the areas of civil right and conservation went with him, paving the way for what is now a narrow-minded, arrogant and intolerant party. When was the last time you saw a Republican at the vanguard of any civil rights movement?

    Conservatives may win their primaries, but you don't win actual elected seats by appealing only to 20-30% of the general electorate.

    I'd love to see the real 'Party of Lincoln' rise up from the ashes, but won't hold my breath. Until then, you'll see more dirty politics like this one from conservative GOPers who will not allow moderates to obtain any significant power in the party.

    November 10, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  13. Rose

    Scozzafava, you have no room to talk, you asked for all of this. Don't blame Palin for your own failings. You should ask yourself why you were not supported by the people of your district.

    November 10, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  14. patriot1234

    It's great how they call Scozzafava a "Moderate Republican". So a moderate Republican is someone who believes in abortion, gun control, increasing government scope and power? Wow that makes 99% of Republicans radicals. Thanks for pushing the whole world 100 miles to the left.

    November 10, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  15. tag

    somebody needs to tell her that she is a democrat . she belongs with the bo administration.

    November 10, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  16. Vets4Obama

    Yes, we are very scared of Palin, very very scared. She scares the hell out of us. Please DO(n't) make her your 2012 presidential candidate, we know she will beat Obama if you do. She'll win in a landslide, it's all true, we're terrified of her because she'll win.

    (laughs, please oh please make her your candidate in 2012, I'm loving the idea of you loons having your teeth kicked in, in 2012 if you do! She'll be reviewing her opposition to rape kits after the beating she takes)

    November 10, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  17. George

    Well it looks like the GOP is a split party in the making. You tea baggers are going to be on your own and Sarah will be your princess.
    Good luck, but remember she already quit one elected job. Maybe you better get Joe the Plumber for back up. He's real stable.

    November 10, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  18. Matt

    Every time Palin goes somewhere it "raises eyebrows" according to cnn... A guess they have stumbled on a new cure for baldness.

    November 10, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  19. Joe Cracken

    Scozzafava is right, but her faulty assumption is that Sarah Palin even understands what Lincoln stood for. For Republicans like Palin, elections are just sports games; "who's up? who's down?" is all they can think. After winning, they have no idea what to do with their power except hand it over to lobbyists in exchange for re-election money.

    November 10, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  20. Chris

    Dede, you are right , Sarah is a nut job and so is all who wish to follow her and her lame rhetoric. Keep following your heart and let the Rush Limbaugh republican party spew their deadly non sense venom.

    November 10, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  21. We Won Get Over It

    Here it comes. Hot Dog. Split the republican bums off the real republican party.

    November 10, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  22. notfooledtx

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

    Birds of a feather... she couldn't even state what publications she read, or her opinion on the bush doctrine. Yep, birds of a feather flock together.

    November 10, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  23. dick delson

    We can all thank John McCain for sending Sarah Palin our way. She is beyond DUMB.

    November 10, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  24. Too True For You

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

    Hardly a surprise – we all know Palin's not so hot at answering questions.

    Running the voices of reason out of the party has become something of a hallmark of the republican'ts. Look how they threw Specter under the bus and hassle anyone else that even hints at bipartisanship. That's what happens when you allow your party to become bound by extremist ideological incompetence – your best and brightest become troublemakers. Not too much of a leap for an increasingly populist party that celebrates Palin-style anti-intellectualism.

    November 10, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  25. Greg

    Miss Scozzafava can argue all she wants about the direction she feels that the Republican party needs to take. But in my mind, she lost all credibiilty among conservatives when she endorsed the Democrat in this race.

    November 10, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
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