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. drbenk

    Sarah Palin is a moron.

    November 10, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  2. LacrosseMom

    Good for Scozzafava! We all need to call out the GOPers. She is right, of course, it matters not IF you are intelligent, knowledgeable about the issues or eloquent, as long as you can spew hate, lies, fear and division!

    One day, soon I hope the so-called-Liberal-media will stop reporting on every little thing Palin does or says! And we can concentrate on discussing the important issues of our time, i.e., healthcare, the Bush Wars, the economy, green energy, etc.

    We must ALL thank McCain for the gift that keeps on giving.... Palin!

    November 10, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  3. Marion

    The moderate Republicans out there hopefully realize that the right-wingers are ready and willing to throw them under the bus in the name of ideological purity. Knowing this, they need to decide whether they're ready to cut the extremists loose and bring the GOP back toward the center, or, if that is no longer possible, then they should split off and form a new party. If I were making that choice, I'd choose the latter. If the ultra-right-wingers want the GOP, let them have it. Its image is so tarnished that it might be impossible to clean up, so it might be better to start fresh.

    November 10, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  4. Jason

    You go girl!!!
    As long as moderate voices advocating sensible thought are drowned out by demagaugery and the poitics of ignorance in favor of what the minority want, then there is literally NO HOPE for your country.
    Just because you shout the loudest, doen't make you right. It just makes you noisy.

    November 10, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  5. Barbara Independent in NY

    How did Palin even know that the 23rd Congressional district was in New York state? Can she see it from her house? How did she find her way to Iowa? The public has the right to know. Better yet CNN, please, please, I'm begging you, cover REAL NEWS.

    November 10, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  6. Eddie

    I am a CONSERVATIVE..... as are the largest majority of the voting public in this nation. I believe in fiscal conservatism with our economy. I believe life begins in the womb, an am opposed to abortion (as over 70% in this nation believe) I believe in small government and NOT SOCIALISM, but Capitalism. I believe in a one woman and one man marriage (as the majority of Americans do)
    Now, if you do not believe in these things.....simply become a Democrat. Stop calling yourself a Republican, and wanting a "big tent" etc.......simply become a Democrat!

    And while I am at it....didn't another Republican Presidential canidate endorse the Conservative in this race? Why only criticize Palin.....of course the entire Democratic party and all the Liberal Media is horrified of Sarah Palin......why? If she is the "no show" all of you say she is, why concern yourself with her???? Could be she can very well be the next President, say in 2012????

    November 10, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  7. Cindy

    PALIN/BAUCHMAN 2012~ That is what the Republican party is heading for. If you don't have their ideologies, then you can get out.
    That is what they are doing. I wonder what will be left of them. THE REPUBLICANS like Palin are going for a STRONG IDEOLOGICAL PARTY. That is what they want. So what will the INDEPENDENTS think about it? There wont be such a thing as a moderate Republican in years to come. No big tent with the Republicans anymore.

    November 10, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  8. Gary in PA

    Sounds like there are going to be more desertions to the Democratic Party. I deserted a few years ago.

    November 10, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  9. common sense

    Scozzafava is a traitor. We are just lucky she dropped out. Who would want someone that trades parties. You couldn't trust them.

    November 10, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  10. Seattlesounders

    Palin a bad light ? she is no light she is a dark dark tunnel and there is nothing in there or moving through it only leads to the bridge to nowhere .

    November 10, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  11. Erin

    Lincoln is rolling over in his grave right now, after hearing his name associated with the xenophobic, close-minded, hate-mongering liars that make up today's Republican party.

    November 10, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  12. Republican

    Shine this. I literally just switched. Not because of this story alone, but because the thought was there, inspired by the right wing morons that want to ruin this country that have taken over my party, a party that USED to have intelligent hard working people in it. Now all we see is juvenile morons and retards that complain non-stop and never have a productive thought or action.

    I'm now independant. I doubt I'll like voting for a democrat, but I refuse to vote for ANY republican from here on out until I know that it's not an ultra conservative (aka domestic terrorist) that I'm voting for.

    It's safer to vote for a tax and spend liberal then a 'don't think and murder' conservative right wing lunatic (which as of late, ALL conservatives are lunatics and moronic demons who seek to destroy this nation with their INACTION).

    November 10, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  13. Bedtime for Obonzo

    This article mislabels Dede as a "moderate Republican." She's not even a moderate Democrat - more like a liberal Democrat, despite the party moniker.

    November 10, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  14. Makay

    If the REPUBLICANS have people like Sarah Palin and ANN COULTER leading their party, its game over. ANN COULTER said WOMEN should never have been given the right to VOTE.

    November 10, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  15. donttreadonme

    "Dede Scozzafava, the woman who has become the symbol of moderate Republicanism" Who the came up with that assertion the democrats??? Scozzafava is pro-abortion and pro-same-sex marriage and she also has strong ties to organized labor.

    She is the symbol of liberial Republicans.

    November 10, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  16. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Well said by Dede.... the new GOP party should call itself what it really is: the Prohibitionist Party.... Palin and her sad ilk have nothing, really, to do with conservatism.

    November 10, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  17. Maripo

    Dede the Democrat should leave the GOP.

    November 10, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain

    What's really sad – and transparent for all to see – is how Karl Rove, Rush Limbaugh and others leaders in the GOP manipulate people's fear, ignorance, hatred and so-called "faith" as a way to regain power.

    And what exactly has the GOP done with their power in the past? Given irresponsible, war-time tax cuts to the wealth, so they can build factories overseas and layoff American workers; started a war for oill spied on Americans; shredded the Constitution by expanding Executive power and sanctioning torture.

    The GOP is in it for the money, plain and simple. They don't really give a rat's behind about people.

    The GOP model is very much like Saudi Arabia, with the wealth concentrated among a few families and religious police keeping the uneducated masses in line.

    November 10, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  19. Maripo

    Dede the Democrat should do the right thing and leave the GOP.

    November 10, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  20. Michael

    Good for Scozzafava

    Maybe she can bring some common sense back into the Republican Party so they can have my vote again.

    November 10, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  21. Randy

    Keep going Palin, I really hope you are the partys choice for 2012.
    HA, HA, HA, HA

    November 10, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  22. steve

    Dede is/was no moderate. People who have to pass themselves off as something they aren't are afraid to show who they are. The proper term is LIBERAL!!!

    November 10, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  23. bill blow from Stratford,ct

    Palin, Rush, Beck, Hannity and the rest of the nut cases like the TEA- PARTY clowns are going to take down the GOP with their racist believe and their separate white party from reality. So keep up the good work Palin and Rush, keep your party in the wilderness as long as you can.

    November 10, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  24. not alone

    wow so according to thies so called conservitives Dede can't be a repulican becouse she has liberial view's.Heh I thought back in the days of Lincon he was a lebiral in his views.maybie the conservitives are in the wrong party.

    November 10, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  25. MP--VA

    New Republican Party slogan: "Stop the Sanity!!"

    November 10, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
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