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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  1. michael

    Scozzafava is not the voice of moderate Republicans. She was a mediocre candidate who was tossed overboard. According to her, she was deeply betrayed by the Republicans, but considering that she lept to the advances of the WH and Dems, it looks like the big mistake was to nominate her.

    November 10, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  2. Robert

    So the GOP's strategy of dropping in a bunch of wingnuts didn't work?

    November 10, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  3. harwil

    I'm no fan of Palin, but for you to label Scozzafava a "moderate Republican", is dishonest . To have her Democrat opponet call her a tax and spender, and that she favors card check and partial -birth abortion puts her in the 'liberal' side, not the moderate. But then again, I understand your purpose.

    November 10, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  4. Dennis, Amarillo Texas

    See ya later, Dede, and don't let the door hit your behind as you leave!We want leaders who will stand up for Life & Freedom, while standing against the Democrat Socialist Agenda and Pro Choice self interests where even the life of the most innocent is worth nothing.

    November 10, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  5. Joan Verrette

    WHEN is Sarah Palin going to go away???Why are the Republicans crediting her? Please,Sarah go back to Alaska!

    November 10, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  6. chill

    Truthfully these days there are three parties in this country. The Progressive Democrats, the Blue Dog Democrats, and the GOP. Bipartisanship these days is all about getting the first two to a consensus along with the one or two moderates that haven't been purged yet. Sarah Palin and her ilk have been the Democratic Party's new best friend. They keep claiming that they are standing up for "the people", so I wonder what they consider the other 75% of us to be.

    November 10, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  7. cjl

    Thank you CNN for continuing to be obsessed with Sara Palin. You are really making a name for her. ha.
    In reality this is such a poor excuse for news that it's laughable. There really was no slam here by Scozzafasdfasfd. Plus she is not a moderate republican. She's a liberal and shouldn't be endorsed by the GOP. That was a mistake. Palin is correct in this one.

    November 10, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  8. kd

    Another CNN headline states PALIN REMAINS A GOP PLAYER. Perhaps this should be PNN (Palin News Network)

    Fine. If Palin is a GOP player then that makes the GOP one of the most irrelevant, foolish, backward, ineffectual group of ignorant morons that have ever tried to organize.

    November 10, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  9. Jeff

    So she's complaining that people put idealogy ahead of party?

    Ms. Scozzafava still recieved approximately 6% of the vote, although she "dropped out". For some reason people still voted for her. While those that voted for her wouldn't necessarily have voted for Mr. Hoffman, many probably would have, and some – maybe many – would have voted for the winner of the race. I wonder what would have happened if those 6% voted for one of the top two.

    November 10, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  10. CommonSense09

    It goes to show you how media attention will do anything even against their own party.....Palin wants to spot light and will do anything or say anthing to get that attention! I can't wait to see her and Rush self destruct to republican party!!!!

    November 10, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  11. Benjamin

    According to the article, Dede Scozzafava "has become the symbol of moderate Republicanism". Really? Does that mean that Joe Lieberman is the symbol of moderate Liberalism? Should we further editorialize (as many in the media have about Dede) that Joe Lieberman is simply "too moderate" for the Liberal establishment? Would CNN ever report him as such? Can we expect CNN to end their war of words on conservatives anytime this decade, or is the new standard of journalistic excellence to allow editorialization when it pushes a certain world view?

    November 10, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  12. christo

    She can not even control her own family and she thinks she can run the country??????

    November 10, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  13. Jack M. Lowe

    In my opinion Sarah Palin should be nominated for the Nobel Prize for her contributions to humanity in buggering the GOP!

    November 10, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  14. Doc in Virginia

    Palin liked the fact that Hoffman, like herself, couldnt answer the simplest questions when pressed by the reporters and debate moderators. Dunces all sort of congregate with each other.

    November 10, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  15. Dan

    You tell 'em, Ms. Scozzafava! The intolerant, right-wing trolls who worship the likes of Sarah Palin are only going to drag the GOP further into irrelevancy if they continue their current activities.

    It seems like the lessons of 1964, when "true conservative" Barry Goldwater was pounded into the dirt by moderate Democrat LBJ in one of the biggest electoral landslides in history, have been forgotten. Winning political coalitions are formed at the center, not at the extremes.

    "Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it."

    November 10, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  16. Steve Illinois

    Dede Scozzafava, was getting kicked to the curb before Palin ever endorsed anyone. What kind of candidate from either of the major parties has an astounding 6% in the polls a week before the election?
    She's lucky Palin and Co. endorsed Hoffman, saved her from a huge embarrassment come election day. At least this way she had someone else to blame her shortcomings on. Now she needs to do the Arlen Spector and get on with her life.

    November 10, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  17. richard

    ms. scozzafava..... who was endorsed by ACORN ...........
    so-called republican who quit the race to endorse the democratic
    nominee...... shut your "pie hole"!

    November 10, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  18. Ex-NC-Pub

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

    The answer is simple, PAINlin couldn't answer basic questions like "what do you read?"

    November 10, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  19. Mark L.

    I've said it once, I'll say it again – the GOP Republicans are nothing more than a BUNCH OF CROOKS and I am elated that Dede Scozzafava is finally blowing the whistle on 'em, and I quote, "It was organized – 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." It's high time someone stands up for what is SERIOUSLY WRONG & CORRUPT with the GOP Republican-base...

    November 10, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  20. aaron

    I don't understand why the picture associated with this post is of Sarah Palin. We all know what she looks like, why not have an image of Scozzafava? The post *is* about her, isn't it?

    November 10, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  21. Irma in North Carolina

    I am no longer a republican because of people out there like Sarah. But I do commend this republican for calling Sarah out on this. There are more political people who should do this, maybe eventally Sarah would get the message.

    November 10, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  22. Alex in California

    Haven't we Republicans had enough of the extremists in our party that handed over our country to the Democrats, who will make things even worse? Enough with Palin and the others like her who though perhaps well intended, screwed things up royally and can't finish anything? Our country's greatness was not accomplished by quiters and super extremists. I absolutely disagree with the current administration because they too take the extreme, But Sarah Palin is as dangerous as they are. Neither represents the centrist view which is held by the majority of people, whether Republican, Democrat or Independant.

    November 10, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  23. sharon

    You tell them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 10, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  24. howie

    Scozzafava does not belong in politics. What a disgracefull run for a house seat. She needs to return home and think about a new future.

    November 10, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  25. Ndubueze Chuku

    Dede Scozzafava, with all due respects, I think your question is kind of naive. Everyone knows that Sarah Palin is a moron. She doesn't know things that a public office holder or seeker should know. How then are you surprised that she endorsed someone who couldn't answer basic questions? The answer, dear Dede, is 'BIRDS OF THE SAME FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER'. That is it. She doesn't know anything and she couldn't and can't realize that Hoffmann doesn't anything either. It's a pity that many in our political arena are intellectually bankrupt and there is no more room for moderates in the Republican Party.

    November 10, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
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