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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  1. Justsayin

    Dede Scozzafava could not hold her own and can blame no once but herself. Politics is a very tough business and the last person I want representing me is a WHINER who blames everyone else!

    November 10, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  2. Charlotte

    She's clearly worth fifty of Palin, but we already knew that.

    November 10, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  3. Glenn, Cary, NC

    Sadly, the Republican party hasn't been the "Party of Lincoln" for decadeds. Now it's the "Party of Thurmond, Goldwater, Reagan, W, Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck ... and Palin." Abraham Lincoln would not have gone near the current Republican party – and if he had, they would have slammed the door in his face.

    November 10, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  4. Hammerer

    The Dems have a new hero. Grayson has been the Dems role model and now they have added Scozzafava as their female example of a true Dem.
    Says alot about their party

    November 10, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  5. mjm

    She had no shot at winning so she had to blow it for her party. She's just another RINO who is now out of a job. We didn’t need two Democrats running. 7000 people threw away their vote on election day. If Hoffman had been in the race more than a month the Republicans would have had another eat in the house.

    The Party of Lincoln? Lincoln was for the Union, not labor unions like the UAW. Lincoln didn't even know what abortion was and he wouldn't have supported it if he did. How is she for the Party of Lincoln? Is she planning to free slaves taxed and additional 5.2% for the public option?

    No more RINOS

    November 10, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  6. Pat, Columbus, OH

    I feel for the position that Ms. Scozzafava was put in by the RNC, having her backing thwarted by Palin et al. If moderate Republicans really cared for their party ideals and the good of their constituents, then they should have done more to discredit their party's mouthpieces: Palin, Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity, Fox News etc.

    You reap what you sew.

    November 10, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  7. ashlee

    You can't trust Sarah Palin, everyone should know that by now!

    November 10, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  8. Dave in Ohio

    if this woman sneezes, you somehow find it necessary to add to your ticker. find some real news CNN and maybe your credibility will be restored.

    November 10, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  9. Jeff

    "How can Sarah Palin come out and endorse someone who can't answer some basic questions?" Scozzafava told the Washington Post.

    It's very easy, especially for Sarah Palin, as she herself couldn't answer some basic questions. One such example is her inability to answer what magazines she reads, or could she name another groundbreaking Supreme Court case other than Roe v. Wade.

    November 10, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  10. Lisa

    I am a life long Democrat and I agree with DeDe, who would endorse someone who couldn't answer basics question? Oh I forgot Sarah Palin can't answer basic questions herself, so I can see why she would endorse him, he must remind her of herself.

    November 10, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  11. Lynne

    Good for Scozzafava who has the integrity and conviction of what she believes to come forth in an interview rather than hide behind Facebook and closed doors. Why hasn't the media pressed Palin to come out from the shadows and actually explain why one candidate can seerve their district over another? Is it because she is a coward or because she would be unable to answer for herself??

    November 10, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  12. Johnny DC

    What an angry, bitter woman.

    Take a page out of Sec. of State Clinton's book, Dede. I can't stand her either, but at least she fought as hard as she could and then gracefully (albeit much too late) moved on and accepted her fate.

    You'll get nowhere by slandering everybody and attempting to harm the people who share very similar values to your own. Clearly you were in it for the fame and not the issues.

    November 10, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  13. Ben

    How can they endorse someone who can't answer some simple questions? Simple, Sarah Palin couldn't even answer the simplest questions that she was asked. They don't care about competence or knowledge, they only care about radical right wing ideology. If you believe gov't should be controlled by the church you are ok in their book, even if you can't enumerate the responsibilities of the position you are a candidate for.

    November 10, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  14. ScaryPants

    CNN, please stop calling Scozzafava a moderate republican. She is to the left of the democrat that ran for that seat. She supports card check, the public option, abortion, and the bloated stimulus package. We can see straight thru the little game you are playing of trying to paint her as some moderate being beaten up by the mean old conservatives.

    It's simply a lie. Stop it.

    November 10, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  15. Joe, Chicago IL

    Dede, there is a difference in working against someone in your party and endorsing the opposing party.

    You crossed the line and your true colors are showing. There is NOTHING you support that is Republican. NOTHING.

    November 10, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  16. wait a minute

    Palin seems like a persistent fighter on anything she wants to pick fights for, but her ability to lead or not quit midterm is out of the question. Endorsing some candidate is to build alliances in general and show she still matters in politics. I doubt Hoffman will endorse Palin in return.

    November 10, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  17. sensible Cape Coral Fl

    Good for you DeDe. It's about time someone spoke up at that outrage; Keep up the ggod work and know that there are many of us whio support you fully.

    November 10, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  18. not alone

    GOGO Dede I'm rooting for you to help reclaim a grand party from the likes of Palin and co.

    November 10, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  19. Paul

    Palin is like a pesky little knat that doesn't serve any significant purpose.

    November 10, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  20. Len in Washington

    Why would Palin back Hoffman when he couldn't answer basic questions?

    Because "Birds of a feather..." Well, we all know the rest.

    The Party of No is quickly becoming the Party of Duh!

    November 10, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  21. oldsoldierboy

    Sarah Palin keeps talking about death panels. Someone tell me if this scenario sounds correct. Joe Six Pack goes to his appointment to meet the death panel so he can receive end of life counseling. After sitting down, the panel says "We've reviewed your file and have determined that you're a dead man Joe. Joe replies screw you guys I never thought much of your advice anyway". Joe then stands and turns to walk away. The panel opens fire. Does this sound accurate? Should I tell my grandpa Joe the Plumber to cancel his appoint? You decide.

    November 10, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  22. Russell

    She 's an air head ( Palin ) she like any other republican , she just jumps on the band wagon with out knowing where it's headed , now look at Palin she backed a loser such as herself , and I'm glad that Scozzafava is bucking the party maybe then republicans will realize just how marginal they are becasue they rather incite lies and hate instead of doing the PEOPLES WILL , in which they were hire for , but they are to bust worrying about how to regain power and say NO to everything .....hahah eventually all of those NO's will come back to haunt them.......................

    November 10, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  23. WI Vet

    Let your Party know you will not be there puppets.

    November 10, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  24. Professor GOFORIT

    What Scozzafava did by sending another liberal YES vote for a public funded health care option was clearly not republican – not erven of the Lincoln variety. I think Scozzafava needs to re-consider her political beliefs. She's a commie all the way. As for Palin– you go girl. Good going in stopping this pinko, commie schizonoids from being able to calling herself a republican!

    November 10, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  25. gl, From Pittsburgh

    This will be a great fight. I will be order some Pop corn for this fight.

    November 10, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
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