October 31st, 2009
01:04 PM ET
13 years ago

Gingrich endorses Hoffman

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/08/12/newt.0811.gi.jpg caption="Newt Gingrich endorsed Hoffman via Twitter Saturday."]
WASHINGTON (CNN)– Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who came under fire from some conservatives for endorsing Dede Scozzafava in next week's special Congressional election in New York, is now backing Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman.

Gingrich made the announcement via Twitter shortly after the Republican Party nominee Scozzafava announced she was releasing supporters from their commitment to back her.

"Scozzafava dropping out leaves hoffman as only anti-tax anti-pelosi vote in ny 23 Every voter opposed to tax increases support doug hoffman," Gingrich wrote on Twitter. (Tweet shown as it appeared)

Polling showed that Scozzafava was running third in this special election for what had been a traditionally safe Republican seat.

But a split among Republicans over who to support, Scozzafava or the more conservative Hoffman, opened the door for Democratic nominee Bill Owens to capture the seat.

National Republican Party officials, who had also endorsed Scozzafava, are now lining up behind Hoffman.

This new show of GOP unity will make it more difficult for Owens to win the election on Tuesday.

Filed under: Doug Hoffman • Newt Gingrich • NY-23
soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. They call me "tater salad"

    Once again..........Can you say......KISS OF DEATH??

    October 31, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain

    And exactly what did the tax policy Gingrich advocates give us?

    People need to wake up to the fact that's been staring them in the face for the last 30 years: When Republicans talk about "tax cuts," they're talking about cutting taxes on the wealthy – ONLY – who then take that money and invest it overseas, building factories there and shutting them down here.

    All these irresponsible tax cuts for the wealthy are what took the Clinton surplus and turned it into the massive Bush deficit.

    You really want more of that? Only a fool would vote for Hoffman!

    October 31, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  3. Ex-NC-Pub

    One thing about these pubs... it doesn't take much for them to "get in line." What a gutless, thoughtless crew!

    October 31, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  4. Perusing-through


    No other way to describe this but a win for the extreme right-wing faction of the Republican Party. Religious-right crusader Sarah Palin backed extremist Doug Hoffman, and then GOP Pawlenty was forced to follow Palin's endorsement of Hoffman.

    Initially Newt Gingrich and GOP Party Chairman Michael Steele backed Republican Moderate Dede Scozzafava, but now that she has dropped out due to pressure from Palin and the extremist, Steele and Gingrich are left holding the "Moderate" bag.

    October 31, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  5. Hammerer

    It is time for all politicans to realize that America is not happy with politics as usual, that means Repubs and Dems. It really does not matter who endorses a candidate. Whether it be the Rep National Party or the Dem National Party or Obama Or Gingrich. People want representation and not more talk of change.

    October 31, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  6. File under "Sarcasm"

    Owens is history.

    October 31, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  7. JIlli

    Nice display of republican principles.

    October 31, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  8. Tom in Delaware

    Now the Republican Party is starting to listen...and not to the knuckleheads of the MSM like Katie Couric....yeesh.

    Dede saved your hide this time Newt, don't make the same mistake twice.

    Dede...'Thank You' for doing what is best for the party and the country.

    October 31, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  9. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    The GOP is a train wreck without a conductor.

    October 31, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  10. Drew

    NOW does anybody doubt the power of Sarah Palin? She was the first to endorse the "real" Republican, Hoffman.....stand by for future developments

    October 31, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  11. We Won Get Over It

    Can you believe that that what is left of the real republican party is sinking to a new low. Even the Taliban supports Hoffman. AND that doesn't bother republicans.

    You just shake your head and say how, how in the world can republicans become so dumbed down and violent.

    October 31, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  12. if I were this guy I would say no thanks to Newt

    is this supposed to be a good thing?

    Newt is the kiss of death

    October 31, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  13. GuyInVA

    Too late Newt. You've successfully tied yourself to the lefty RINO.

    October 31, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  14. Carnell From The Motor City!

    Interesting That Newt "The Grinch" Gingrich Crawls From Out Under His Rock Just To Endose....Weeeee! ...Yea!

    October 31, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  15. Tom G

    Newt is another one who will acquiesce when it comes to the Conservative Republican Party. Just because Scozzafava dropped out of the race doesn’t mandate him supporting Hoffman. If Newt didn’t think Hoffman wasn’t worth supporting in the first place, then maintain some credibility and just don’t support anyone.

    If you believe in individual freedom and choices you better be prepared to get out and support your Democratic candidate.

    October 31, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  16. Rich

    Finally – the moderate Republicans "see the light" and endorse Hoffman. Hope it isn't too late! We need the conservative viewpoint in Congress!

    October 31, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  17. John Poland

    Dede made a HUGE mistake in a recent commercial coming out of the closet as a liberal ..touting her support of O Bama's stimulus, of gay nuptuals and pro abortion stands..It was comfirming what Hoffman had said was TRUE..She was DONE after that ..Her poll#s dropped from the 30% to 20% in a week.

    October 31, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  18. Steve in Denver

    Wow, Newt. Really going out on a limb there. THe R pulls out, so now you'll endorse the conservative?

    Why don't you go back to something you do well, like infidelity. Let's just remember Newt as the philanderer who persecuted Clinton for having an affair.

    Neocon = hypocracy.

    October 31, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  19. Newtie

    I was against him before I was for him,but now its time I am against him,wait a minute for him.Outsiders should just stay out of this,opps I am an outsider as well.Well Palin was before a bridge before she was against it.However at least she got this one right by being just for him.Seems she is learning she can compete with these GOP cowards.Ya they are cowards who only endorsed after their women stood up and said no to this acorn approved lib.Only one male Fred Thompson supported him when the chips were down as well as his poll #s.This says everything about the GOP so called male leaders. 99% of them are losers,wafflers,and cowards.Heres the latest example today this guy and Huckabee join up.Cowards pathetic cowards, who gave lame excusses to waffle or support the liberal.

    October 31, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  20. travis_ bdboy

    Look at them all backing up Hoffman now, they waited til some what they call big names like Paw and Sawa .....now they all want to be hero's for backing a loser

    October 31, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  21. Al

    That add was put up by Hoffman's Club for Growth supporters. Dede is the only one of the three who really has a handle on the issues important to the North Country and because of that should have and would have attracted a fair number of moderate Democrats. Unfortunately, the National Republican are no longer interested in a big tent or any candidate who strays from a strange brew of conservative ideology that seems to come from the Hoover era.

    October 31, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  22. Laverne

    Gingrich and Steele must obey the party rules and do what they are told. Sasd, but true, but if the freakin democrats would stick together then we could have health reform.

    October 31, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  23. Molly

    Wake up America! Think about life and liberty under the extreme right wing–it's very scary.

    October 31, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  24. Pray for DDB Democrats

    There are none so blindas those who will not see! Get Over it we Won...not really you won the vote and you lost – almost lost – a country...hang in there we're coming to yur rescue

    October 31, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
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