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. Sandy

    Go Palin expose those liberals for who they are!!! Scozzafava tried to pass her self off as a Republican when she endorses goverment funded abortions. We need to get rid of these candidates who are trying to run our lives and take all our income for the greater good. Yeah thier own greater good. WAKE UP AMERICA YOUR LIBERTY IS AT STAKE!!!!!!!!

    November 10, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  2. wal

    Palin one quote Former S. of State that " There is place in hail for a woman who don't support a woman”. I think she forgot that quote since the election 2008 but had a memory to write a book.
    Hypocrite!

    November 10, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  3. gl, From Pittsburgh

    Sara Palin have done more damaged to herself then any Democrate could have done. She continue to be against any process women have gain from Women rights laws.

    November 10, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  4. Four and The Door

    Any government worker who supported the stimulus bill should be fired for incompetence. Seriously. That was a blunder of epic proportions.

    Sarah Palin was exactly correct about who she supported in that race.

    November 10, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  5. Invasion of the Palin body snatchers

    Interestingly enough, Palin can't answer basic questions....it reminds me of the movie "Invasion of the Body Snatchers", where people's bodies were taken over by aliens, all who were power hungry and had blank looks on their faces. I think Sarah might be the chief alien, led by other alients like Limbaugh and Beck. They're all kind of strange looking, and their ideas are definitely out of this world.

    November 10, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  6. Bill P

    "How can Sarah Palin come out and endorse someone who can't answer some basic questions?"
    Questions like "What newspapers and magazines do you read?" or "What Supreme Court decisions, aside from Roe vs Wade, do you think were important and why?"
    Basic questions like these?

    I hope the irony of Dede Scozzafava's question itself are not lost on her or on everyone else in this country...especially Palin "supporters"!

    November 10, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  7. gl, From Pittsburgh

    How can Sarah Palin come out and endorse someone who can't answer some basic questions?" Because Sara Palin can not answer some basic questions that why she hides behind her face book.

    Sara Palin is going to have to come from behind her face book if she wants to win a fight with Dede. This should be very interested.

    November 10, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  8. ERP

    If Abraham LIncoln were alive today, he would also be hounded out of the Republican Party by the same extreme conservatives who have taken a terrorist-like stranglehold of this party. On the other hand, he would most defifitely reject the GOP and feel quite comfortable within the Democratic Party.

    November 10, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  9. E

    It is about time a Republican speaks out adn tries to take their party back. Too bad the right wing racists have already hijacked all of your stances and destroyed the party.

    November 10, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  10. Rick C.

    This woman is going to cause the Republican Party to splinter. I am a fiscal Republican. I have no want or need in having the fundamentalist sect steering my party.

    November 10, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  11. lovable liberal

    When Scozzafava endorses Owens, CNN showed a picture of ... Hoffman. Now, Scozzafava is criticizing Palin, and CNN shows a picture of ... Palin.

    How about a better pretense of evenhandedness?

    November 10, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  12. Florence

    Good for you Ms. Scozzafava. It is jerks like Palin, Bush, Dick, Rove, Regan, Steel etc. that had totally destroyed the reputation of Republican Party. I think if all moderate Republicans say the same then these snakes would crawl back into their hole and maybe we can claim our country back from these right wing religious morons and those who take advantage of their stupidities.

    November 10, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  13. Sean from Marin

    And, Dede, we'll take you. The party of Lincoln is not the modern Republican Party – not even close. Lincoln allowed for multiple points of view. He was not dogmatic or didactic. He liberated scores of people. He didn't take their rights away. As a socially progressive, fiscally moderate Democrat I would welcome you and the rest of Middle of the Road America into our tent. Sarah Palin's tent is collapsing all around her, Rush, Glen, Mitch and the party of NO.

    November 10, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  14. OldUncleTom

    I'd like to know why legitimate news organizations continue to follow this inane person. She would and should disappear if you let her.

    I understand why Cluster-Fox does so, she fits right in with them.

    November 10, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  15. Kerwin

    Ms. Scozzafava asks: "How can Sarah Palin come out and endorse someone who can't answer some basic questions?"

    That's easy....b/c he was a spitting image of Sarah Palin. This is the new right-wing methodology, and Sarah will always be known as the first person on a major ticket that wasn't able to answer some basic questions.

    November 10, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  16. Erik S.

    Your obsession with this woman borders on the bizarre.

    November 10, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  17. Peejay

    Dede,
    Sarah Palin can't answer basic questions either.

    November 10, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  18. sammieb51

    The Republican base appears to more of a group of mindless people ranting in sound bites, not realizing what they are saying or how drastically it would effect them, let alone anyone else. Spewing hate yet espousing to be Christian - I don't get it, but their don't actions appear very "Christian" in practice. I can't tell you how many moderate Republicans have told me they are anticipating a new political party to emerge where they have a voice and can 'live', or joined the Democratic party. And John McCain should be ashamed of himself for not vetting Sarah Palin better - if she were a man living and acting in the manner she does, she would have no career in politics, no one would listen.

    November 10, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  19. Dave

    Hmmm. My money is on Palin for this one. Dede is a liberal in republican clothing. It's these RINO's that have given the current socialist administration the keys to Washington. Palin grows more powerful with every step barry, the socialist from chicago, takes.

    November 10, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  20. TOM

    You go, Woman! There is nothing worse than having your own people getting stupid star struck by an imbecile like Palin. These star struck idiots will pay for their mistake.

    November 10, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  21. Kelly G. Liston

    I'm still looking for the story, "Scozzafava takes on Palin"? How is saying she doesn't see how people could support her adversary "taking on Palin"?

    November 10, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  22. Jeff

    Bravo Scozzafava...Without moderate leaders like you 2020 will be like Back To The Future...GOP? What's that? If the world lasts that long with these lunatics.

    November 10, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  23. loops

    First of all, Scozzafava isn't really a Republican. Her values are more liberal. And why is cnn always portraying Palin in a bad light?

    November 10, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  24. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    Oh my gosh, she even sounds like a liberal democrat. Blaming someone else. Sounds like a page right out of the Charlie Rangel/Nancy Pelosi playbook.

    November 10, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  25. Jessica

    She has that beauty queen wave down pat. Good for her.

    November 10, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
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