October 31st, 2009
12:53 PM ET
12 years ago

RNC commends Scozzafava, endorses Hoffman

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/09/29/art.steelem.0929.gi.jpg caption="Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele endorsed Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman in NY-23's special election."]
WASHINGTON (CNN)– Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele quickly endorsed Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman in New York's 23rd congressional district Saturday, after Republican Dede Scozzafava's late decision to drop out of the special election.

Steele, who formally endorsed Scozzafava earlier this week, commended her decision to bow out of the race.

"This selfless act of releasing her supporters provides voters with the opportunity to unite around a candidate who shares Republican principles and will serve the interests of his constituents in Congress by standing in opposition to the liberal policies of President Obama and Speaker Pelosi," Steele said in a statement released by the Republican National Committee.

"Effective immediately, the RNC will endorse and support the conservative candidate in the race, Doug Hoffman. Doug's campaign will receive the financial backing of the RNC, and get-out-the-vote efforts to defeat Bill Owens on Tuesday," he said.

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soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. Bill

    Isn't this the candidate that Sarah's backing? I believe it is.

    October 31, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  2. vic nashville , Tn

    Request to RNC take big breath and take decision

    October 31, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  3. Tony in Maine

    Stalin would have been proud of the RNC's purge of all those who think. This is the beginning of the end for the party of Lincoln. It will follow it's predecessor, the Whigs, into the dustbin of history.

    As a Democrat, I really hope another party rises from the ashes quickly. One party rule is a dangerous thing – for the country and party ruling it.

    Power corrupts – just look at Dick Cheney. You can't get more corrupt and remain out of prison.

    October 31, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  4. Darryl Schmitz


    October 31, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  5. GOPer

    Yet another loss for the Tam on Michael Steeles watch. When are we going to get rid of this clown?

    October 31, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  6. Bren

    This is GREAT news!!

    This might mean 3 Republican wins on Tuesday!!!!

    October 31, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  7. annie against biased news

    Why didn't you do that in the first place? No more fence sitters like mccain and graham. We want the real conservative republican party back not the wishy/washy who tries to appease everyone. REAL AMERICAN CITIZENS WITH REAL VALUES AND REAL MORALS! What part of that is the rnc not getting?

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

    I do hope the Democrats come out in full power to vote.
    Our country does not need additional radical religious rights
    politicians in office.
    We do not need the continuation of their beliefs shoved down our

    October 31, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  9. philthetruth

    I hope this is the beginning of the end of liberalism in this country. Mods should just get out of the way so this country can be put back on the course that was intended. Sustain your rage, stoke the backlash, stop Obama...

    October 31, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  10. tata mcgee

    CNN is nothing but a lap dog to the Obamist/Maoist/Marxist thugs who are raping America. This story should tell CNN that Mr. Obama's Maoist/Marxist revolution will be met with a counter – revolution. Maybe Hugo deVenezuela will find a place for CNN once the American people kick your asses out of North America.

    October 31, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  11. Regina P


    October 31, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  12. I. A. Frank

    more from Michael Steele:

    "den right after I do dis here speech, I'se steppin' up to de big house an' git my re-ward from Massa Rush and den I'se goin' down to South Carolina an' get a big helpin' o' watermelon from Massa Joe Wilson, soon as he git back from de Klan meeting. Yassir, dat's what I'm gwine do – serve my white supremacist masters like de good servant I am. Things jes ain't been right since dat runaway Obama done left de plantation. But don't you worry, we'll ketch 'im and hide 'im so he knows his place."

    October 31, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  13. Fitz in Texas

    Mr. Steele............you should have endorsed Mr. Hoffman in the first place. Dede Scozzafava is nothing but a liberal pretending to be something else.

    October 31, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  14. Erik Schneider

    If anyone still had any doubts that the republican party has been hijacked, I hope your eyes are finally open.

    The party literally purges moderates with gleeful ignorance. Do they understand the difference between radical districts and National elections?

    October 31, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  15. Glen A. Amos

    We conservatives sent you blue-blood, inside the belt-way RNC establishment a clear message with the 9-12 March on Washington. You ignored it and ran a RINO in NY 23. So, now we have sent you an ultimatium. Stop promoting RINOs or face extinction.


    October 31, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  16. Tom B

    Steele quickly added that the RNC was happy to exclude the moderate female candidate because now they can support the rich white male which is what the RNC really aims to do in the first place.

    October 31, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  17. katiec

    CNN is coming out in full force today to headline, draw attention to their republicans.
    We use to be able to depend on Cafferty on balancing their bias to a degree, but even he has gone to the far right. His negativity towards our president, expectation and demanding he perform miracles, swiftboating everything he does has left us high and dry.
    Wish we could get the Jack that used to be back, but think that
    would be expecting another "miracle".

    October 31, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  18. Hop aboard the Tea Party Express

    On to New Jersey...

    October 31, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  19. Mike in MN

    The RNC might get it yet. If the majority of Republican and conservative voters had supported Scozzafava's values over Hoffman's, she would have had the majority of support and Hoffman would have gotten very little support. If Scozzafava had truly represented the values of a majority of her Republican constituants, she should have deserved the support of the RNC and there should be room in the Republican tent for Republicans like her when that is the case. But this was not the case. What the RNC needs to get their head around is that fewer voters identify themselves as Republicans then they do as Democrats or Independents. But twice as many voters identify as Conservatives as Republicans. This points to a large number of Independent conservatives. On election day these Independents will be looking for the candidates that best represent their conservative values and that is not likely to be a liberal Democrat. But a liberal Republican candidate will not present them with much of a choice against a liberal Democrat. Conservatives will not see that it matters much which one wins. The only entitiy that will care is the RNC, but it won't make much difference to the voters who are not interested in the RNC being in power but who are interested in seeing their values represented.

    October 31, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  20. Barbara

    Jump through the hoop at every command Mr. Steele. Your party is a joke!

    October 31, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  21. Jay T.

    The Far Right continues its usurping of the Republican Party. They have Rove and his minions to thank for this. It is downhill from here.

    October 31, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  22. Hendrik

    If you are any kind of moderate you cannot be a Republican. Another example of how extreme the Republicans have become. I hope they slither away. I honestly cannot think of one CURRENT Republican I like. All the ones I like have converted to be Independents or Democrats.

    October 31, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  23. Gary Cloud

    Call Newt, he needs a fishing buddy.

    October 31, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  24. Mickey, NY

    Steele still backing losers, I see...

    October 31, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  25. Follow the money

    The sooner uncle steele steps in front of a bus the better off the Country will be.

    October 31, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
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