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. Mike in MN

    When Hoffman wins, this will be one more victory for conservatives, along with McDonnell in Virginia and possibly Christy in NJ. This is the direction the country is moving. I have argued with my liberal friends and associates for years that all America needed to spark a strong move towards conservative values, especially fisical ones, was to have a brief period of on fettered liberal rule in Washington. I believe I am being proved right as more and more voters are becoming very concerned and uncomfortable with the out of control spending and massive increase in deficits that are supported by Obama and the Democrats. I read in the Wall Street Journal that the Democrats are in the process of crafting a spending budget for 2010 that increases spending by 12.1% over the last record 4 trillion dollar spending bill. If that proves to be true, all hell is going to break loose all across this nation. I would not be supprised to see the Tea Party protestes double or triple in turnout size.

    October 31, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  2. Shawn

    Ha Ha. Let the Republican civil war continue. The party is dead.

    October 31, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  3. Fitz in Texas

    You Mr. Gingrich as well as Mr. Steele should have endorsed Doug Hoffman from the beginning.

    October 31, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  4. Alpha and Omega

    The inmates have taken over the asylum

    October 31, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  5. James Michael Roberson

    I hope Hoffman does not win we do not need any more negativism than we already have.

    October 31, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  6. andyg

    Has Newt lost his mind??? How could he have ever endorsed Scozzafava is beyond me in the first place!! He has lost a great deal of credibility in my book!!

    October 31, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  7. David

    Republican leaders are saying, unless you are a conservative, we don't want your kind in the little tent. So much for party loyalty.

    October 31, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  8. Kate

    Maybe Americans are beginning to wake up! The big spending has got to stop. We need elected officials who will reign in big government not create a nanny state.

    October 31, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  9. John From Brooklyn, NY

    Its so sad. The "big tent" Republican Party that Ronald Reagan created is dead!

    In its place there is nothing left than a fundamentalist Christian-designed social agenda and neo-con foreign policy ideology. The fiscal conservatives aren't even well-represented anymore!

    Further, while there USE to be plenty of Republicans on the local and national level who pursued responsible environmental policies, a woman's right to choose whether to have an abortion, and the Reagan-inspired engage-but-verify approach to foreign policy...these members of the party have been systematically purged from the Republican ranks.

    Dede Scozzafava is yet another victim of the Republicans' efforts to "cleanse" itself of anyone who isn't ideologically pure. This passiona for purity is demonstrated by the lineup of national Republican figures who have dutifully lined up to support the opponent of a lowly Republican Congressional candidate who isn't part of the "right way of thinking".

    How sad for the legacy of Lincoln, Roosevelt, and Reagan that such a pogram of purity would be tolerated among the Republicans.

    October 31, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  10. Kimberly

    How ridiculous is this... this makes Republican Women (ex. Sarah Palin resigning) look so weak... She is willing to step aside for the man – where are her principles? Why did she run in the first place?

    October 31, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  11. David

    Newt just lost all credibility when he endorsed the RINO.Now he thinks jumping on the bus this late will save it.What an idiot he is.I guess he thinks people will forget he just made a complete fool out of himself.Go crawl back under your rock Newt, your the old RINO guard republicans like Palin are replacing.Conservatives who have the guts to take political risk not caring if it hurts them, are what the GOP needs.Not so called conservatives who play it safe when their candidates in the lead,then scorn the people who do not back the ACORN affiliate endorsed lady.Get lost Newt Hoffman doesnt need your stupid endorsement anyways.I hope he wins and helps send big tent RINOs like you packing.

    October 31, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  12. JoeCOllins

    Newt taking advantage of Scuzzy leaving.

    If Newt really wants to earn his way back into the conservatives' support, he should negotiate with Scuzzy to outright declare her support for Doug Hoffman. Otherwise, Newt, shut up.

    October 31, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  13. Mickey, NY

    I wonder how Gingrich feels being dethroned as patriarch of the the mortally wounded Republican/Conservative party by Rush Limbaugh.

    October 31, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  14. A wised up Democrat who is now an Independant

    I wouldn't call Ginrich an asset. He like Ted Kennedy a dragging anchor.

    October 31, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  15. tcaudilllg

    "Difficult"? I thought it was about the people's choice. Are the people all of a sudden controlled now by major party nominees? How is this control measured and how is it increased? How do I cause a person to vote for me?

    With economic numbers this good, there may be an upset.

    October 31, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  16. FRANK, Las Vegas

    I think we just found out who runs the GOP. No more center right, just extreme right. Newt got beaten out Palin, Rush and the rest of the Fix News group. The GOP continues to move right, right and more right. Then they wonder why their party is only 20% of the nation. Now with this move that number is probably 15%. Any republican who is center right is not welcome in the new GOP. Once more it showed how strong the extreme right has become in the GOP, they scared Newt into changing his mind, so much for Newt standing up for his convictions. Everyone welcome the new GOP representing 15% of America.

    October 31, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  17. CM

    Now that he knows it was a losing cause he endorses Hoffman, he is phony as the rest of them.

    October 31, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  18. lynn

    No room in my party for moderates. We are now the party of hate mongers, neocons, gay bashers, big bank bailouts, big insurance company bailouts. We have ultra right wing politicians who are brought with big business donations and it is only big business money that gets representation. We have all been fools to think they are representing us the middle class working man. Do not vote for extremists. Vote for those who represent you in the primaries. Only then will we have a voice.

    October 31, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  19. B

    As long as people like Gingrich endorses anyone, the recipient is Toast.

    Th GOP will continue to flounder under these old Hacks..

    October 31, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  20. American Expat

    If I were a Republican and running for office, I certainly would not start crowing about an endorsement by Newt! In fact, I might even push it under the rug so as to hide it from the world!

    October 31, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  21. HarryB

    Is that a plus for Hoffman? Sounds like a minus to me!

    October 31, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  22. KR

    We knew that this would happen and we knew that she would withdraw; no big news. Everyone is to vote for a candiate not from the district but because he believes just the way the conservative repub believes; or does he. That gives the repubs their crowing ground. A republican has held this positon for how many years; you really accomplished something new.

    October 31, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  23. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    what a surprise.... the right-winger nutcases all stick together

    October 31, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  24. T Mckinley

    These ultra right-wingers should just go ahead and start their own party. Since their ultimate endgame is to turn the United States into a military empire with a fuedalist economic system, perhaps they should call their new "conservative" party the Imperial Fuedalist party.

    October 31, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  25. GOPer

    The bandwagon is officially leaving the station to the GOPer far right wing in their quest for party purity. Moderate independents need not apply. You betcha!


    October 31, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
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