October 1st, 2009
12:25 PM ET
11 years ago

Club for Growth hits the air in NY-23

The conservative Club for Growth is taking aim at both the Democratic and Republican candidates running in the special election.

The conservative Club for Growth is taking aim at both the Democratic and Republican candidates running in the special election.

(CNN) - The conservative Club for Growth is taking aim at both the Democratic and Republican candidates running in the special election to fill former New York Rep. John McHugh's seat.

The group, which has already backed third-party candidate Doug Hoffman, is spending $250,000 on radio and TV ads targeting Democrat Bill Owens and Republican Dede Scozzafava.

Hoffman registered 16 percent in the Siena poll released Thursday. Scozzafava draws 35 percent in the same survey, and the well-funded Owens takes 28 percent.

"Who's more liberal: Dede Scozzafava or Bill Owens?" asks the narrator in the 30-second TV spot. "Four of a Kind," which ties Scozzafava to New York's unpopular Democratic governor, David Paterson, and Owens to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Pelosi and Paterson pulled approval ratings of just 33 percent and 31 percent in New York's 23rd congressional district in the Siena poll released a month before voters head to the polls to pick the replacement for McHugh, President Obama's new Secretary of the Army.

That survey found that Scozzafava has the support of nearly half the Republicans polled, while just over 1 in 5 back Hoffman.

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Filed under: Bill Owens • Dede Scozzafava • Doug Hoffman • NY-23
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Jake

    thanks conservative Club for Growth for letting me know who's more liberal.

    It makes it easier to vote for them!

    October 1, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  2. Randolph Carter

    I'm guessing that the "growth" this club promotes is in offshore bank accounts. Have a nice day!

    October 1, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "Hoffman registered 16 percent in the Siena poll released Thursday. "

    In other words, this story is irrelevant.

    October 1, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  4. rr

    Club for growth has done more to elect democrats in the northeast than moveon.orog.

    October 1, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  5. John

    When did the word "liberal" become a four letter word? To invoke change or for a politician, to vote on change is a liberal thing to do. If people like how things are going and don't want change, they're considered conservative. "If it's broke, don't fix it" is the conservative motto. If things don’t change then we fall behind and we have.

    October 1, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  6. D. Tree

    Being Liberal isn't considered a bad thing anymore – clearly most of the Country has more faith in liberal ideas than in conservative ones, that's why Barack Obama was elected president!

    Conservative ideas have been tried for the last 8 years under Republican majorities, and they failed us miserably.

    October 1, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  7. Enlightened Voter

    I could never be a conservative, I have a conscience.

    October 1, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  8. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, North Carolina


    One of the best things that could happen in American politics would be to fire every current member of Congress and start all over again. About 85% of all Americans think the job Congress is doing is somewhere between bad and terrible–if the Congresscritters had real jobs, they'd all have been fired long ago.

    October 1, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  9. bush VICTIM

    I am a PROUD Liberal, wouldn't be anything else. It would be an insult to call me a yuk...conservative...yuk.

    October 1, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  10. FORMER republican, NEVER again!

    I have come to associate conservatism with hypocrisy, hatred, greed and just about all things evil.

    October 1, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  11. jaye

    I don't watch the republican ad's – I don't believe anything they say. Period.

    October 1, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  12. debbie

    Same ole same ole. Haven't these people figured out yet that the only people scared by "liberal" are mostly dingbats anyway – and those are fortunately a minority.

    October 1, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  13. unshrub

    There are so many conservative groups trying to hide what they really are by coming up with bunch of unlikely sounding names, but in the end, they are still on the extreme end of conservativism.

    October 1, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  14. GI Joe

    The only thing that any GOP Club is growing is hate and fear-mongering.

    We'll vote even more of them out on a national level in 2010.

    Get positive and do what is needed, or move on over and out.

    October 1, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  15. Reformed Republican

    Yet another lying, fear mongering, jack boot wearing rethuglicon fascist group heard from.

    October 1, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  16. LacrosseMom

    Oh..... oh....... there is the "L" word again! More GOP-fearmongering.

    Honestly, the GOP does not get, that in 2008 Americans moved Left of Center, we were burned by the Republicans & Bush! Never again!

    We know what the GOP stands for: hate, lies, fear and division!

    And ... the GOP supports Big Pharma & Big Insurance over the lives of American Citizens!


    October 1, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  17. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    This is my hood now folks, this is where I live, the most beautiful place on earth, our own northland.
    I believe that Doug Hoffman is the only person of real principle here, and as the month goes forward I urge every voter to look to his message.

    October 1, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  18. Cindy

    "Club for Growth" sounds like a hair informercial. I can't take them seriously. sorry.

    October 1, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  19. Steve

    It is painfully obvious to anyone of right mind and reasonable IQ that the world would be a lot better place without a Republican Party at all.

    October 1, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  20. I can see Canada from my house!

    This is an area that normally does not support Democrats: however, the GOP has been so badly weakened by groups like the Club for Growth ( an elitist-sounding name) that a Democrat stands a very good chance of winning. If the Dems take this seat, this will leave only 2 GOP seats in a state where less than 15 years ago, it was evenly split between Democrats and the GOP.

    New York GOP produced people like Jack Kemp, Bill Paxon, Susan Molinari, Hamiliton Fish, Tom Reynolds, Barber Conable and Frank Horton. Now the best they have are Peter King and Rudy Guiliani, and Guiliani will never hold elected office in New York again. Sad.

    October 1, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  21. California -

    The Republicans are already claiming victory in 2010 and 2012... but unless they silence their trailer trash, white supremacist, ignorant base... they have no chance of winning ever again...

    I'm all for a Republican Party makeover... I was a republican until the base alienated me... a moderate.

    October 1, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  22. carlos, THAT one

    all the insignificant non IQ'ers thought wrong............someone told them to look below their belly and pray and the Club for Growth will help, but nothing grew so now they are called SKIP!!!!hehehehe

    October 1, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  23. Informed voter

    Most educated people would consider themselves LIBERAL. Most institutions of higher education are considered LIBERAL. I am a proud, open minded, well educated, hard working, tax paying LIBERAL New Yorker, and I would only vote for the LIBERAL, progerssive candidate. So, thanks Club for Growth, for informing all NY's who they should vote for: the LIBERAL!

    October 1, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |