November 11th, 2009
04:32 PM ET
5 years ago

Scozzafava decries 'vicious' attacks

Washington (CNN) – Dede Scozzafava, the Republican New York assemblywoman who gave up her bid for a House seat late last month, is decrying the "vicious" attacks she underwent from people within her own party.

"The attacks were pretty vicious, especially since it was coming from people that identified themselves as Republicans," Scozzafava told CNN's John Roberts on American Morning Wednesday. "So that was difficult to overcome."

Scozzafava ultimately gave up her bid in New York's special congressional elections for the 23rd district after conservatives rallied around third-party candidate Doug Hoffman and charged Scozzafava was too liberal on a host of issues including government spending, taxes, and abortion rights.

Scozzafava, who maintains she is not as liberal as her critics claim, endorsed the Democrat in the race who ultimately went on to victory - the first time a Democrat won in that district in over 100 years.


"Hopefully a lesson can be learned and we can move forward and make the party stronger and understand that there are many voices that make a party but we can all agree around core principles," Scozzafava told CNN.

Viewed as a battle for the heart and soul of the Republican Party, the race attracted national attention and exposed divisions within the GOP between its conservative base and the party's leadership who often back more moderate candidates with a better chance of winning a general election.

In the interview with CNN, Scozzafava said conservatives should seek to understand the local issues in each race before rushing to make an endorsement in future elections.
"I hope that races can revolve around the needs of the district that the people are running to represent," she said. "I think that's the most important thing and the focus on every race. You're never going to have perfect ideology. If you are you're never going to move forward because no one's going to think independently."


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  1. D-Rob

    I would say that she's a poster child for being a RINO.

    November 11, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  2. Vets4Obama

    I feel for Dede, but at the same time, she should have known better. It's part of the GOP policy to be complete and total turn coats. They will turn on their country, flake on drafts, and ruin a nation. History has proven this time and time again!

    The last and only good republican, was Lincoln.

    November 11, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  3. frank

    Dede is a quitter and a coward to stand up against the criticism she was experiencing and should join the progressive left, since they are all cowards and spinners.

    November 11, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  4. Fair is Fair

    Playing the victim? Oh please. If there was any doubt she was a liberal, playing the victim card just sealed it.

    November 11, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  5. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    So true Dede are you sure your are not a Libertarian?

    November 11, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  6. Bob in Pa

    Deal with it lady, you lost.

    November 11, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  7. J of K

    So, she claims "she is not as liberal as her critics claim," THEN WHY DID SHE ENDORSE THE DEMOCRAT, who is liberal – just like her.!
    She is a traitor to her own party. WE THE PEOPLE want CONSERVATIVES in government !

    November 11, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  8. Enough

    Oh cry me a river.............go away.

    November 11, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  9. A guy

    Dear Ms. Scozzafava:

    Welcome to how YOUR party typically campaigns. Smear and fear. I don't know why you are even remotely surprised about this, it's how Republicans win elections. They throw as much mud as they possibly can.

    If this election was any clue as to what is coming for Republicans, it would appear that your party has been taken over be the extreme right win fringe, and will be further marginalized as time goes on.

    I, for one, could not be more thrilled, since I view Conservatism as a poison on our society.

    November 11, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  10. worriedmom

    Oh Dede, things were all fine when you were nominated by a select few, you had no problems with that but when someone caught onto you, now you cry foul. Why don't you do everyone a favor, either join the Democrats or just go!!!
    You didn't have the votes to win anyway even if you did stay in. so boo hoo

    November 11, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  11. Danny J

    She's not a liberal, yet she endorses a democrat? What planet is she from?

    November 11, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  12. Really??

    "Vicious," DeDe? How so. Could ya maybe give a concrete example or two?

    November 11, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  13. JD

    Considering Scozzafava's traitorous endorsement of the Democrat when she took her ball and went home, I'd say she's earned every "vicious" remark hurled at her.

    If she's looking for a sympathetic audience, I suggest she look up Arlen "the defector" Specter to see how turncoats fare after they betray their constituents.

    November 11, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  14. Rafael VA

    This lady is so stupid, I feel sorry for her...

    November 11, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  15. Alban Smith

    Duh! What did she expect. She put her support behind the Democratic candidate. That is hardly what I would call at team player.

    November 11, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  16. ladonna

    Okay Ms.Scozzafava, you betray your party and still want everyone to like you? Whatever.

    November 11, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  17. southerncousin

    If she thinks the Republicans are bad, she should play tapes of Barbara Boxer, Barney Frank, Durbin, Pelosi or read the comments from the liberals about Sarah Palin, then she will know what vicious, mean and hateful really is. There is no more viscious species on earth than a liberal trying to protect a lie they have told.

    November 11, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  18. Brian Siegel

    Dede says she's not that liberal? She's for the anti-democratic Card Check law, for Cap & Tax, the Stimulus waste, bank bailouts, and probably for Obamacare. Forget the social issues; regardless, she would have been no better than a leftist big gov't Democrat.
    Plus I bet she's more comfortable in her new party. And when people like Heath Schuler wake up and smell the coffee, he'll find he's more comfortable in the GOP.

    November 11, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  19. SLP

    Unless you are small government, fiscally conservative, prolife, and pro national security don't run on a republican ticket. If you think like a democrat, be a democrat. Why should I, as a conservative, vote for you just because you call yourself a republican. I deserve to have a canidate that runs on the values that are important to me. If you don't, I won't vote for you, regardless of the fact that you put an "R" after your name.

    November 11, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  20. Peoples Voice

    Hey, Dede. Welcome to the new Republican Party. Your party has been taken over by the lunatic fringe.

    November 11, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  21. Brian Siegel

    By the way, how in the heck can politicians call the highlighting of one's own positions and voting record, "vicious attacks?" Gee, you wonder why voters are fed up with career politicians...

    November 11, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  22. DJ

    Vicious is an understatement...the lunatic right-wing extremists that are ripping apart their own party and consumed with hatred towards anyone that opposes their fringe views.

    November 11, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  23. J.P.

    Conservatives no longer have a use for the parties, either of them. There is little need for two Democrat parties.

    Why bother voting for "republicans" who legislate just like the Democrats we refuse to vote for in the first place?

    A political party cannot be all things to all people.

    Scozzafava was not attacked by "republicans." She was rightfully abandoned by conservatives who no longer have any use for the "republican" party, BECAUSE it no longer stands for anything. The fact she cannot grasp the differences is telling.

    If a democrat came out tomorrow and honestly believed and defended the simple notions of smaller, less-intrusive government, lower taxes and more individual liberty, I'd vote for him/her in a heartbeat.

    November 11, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  24. Steph

    I would again like to thank the conservative wing of the republican party for giving the democrats a seat they haven't held since the civil war. Keep up the great work amazing leaders Rush, Hannity and Palin. Continue to eat your own.

    November 11, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  25. tate

    GO away you bitter liberal. GO for a joke and help us with health care.

    November 11, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
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