November 2nd, 2009
05:33 PM ET
13 years ago

Boehner regrets endorsing Scozzafava

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="House Minority Leader John Boehner said Monday that he regretted having endorsed Dede Scozzafava."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - The top Republican in the House said Monday that he regretted endorsing Dede Scozzafava, the former GOP candidate who dropped out of a special election to fill a vacant congressional seat in upstate New York.

"This lady really has an agenda that's different than most Republicans, House GOP Leader John Boehner. "She was out there promoting herself. We're doing everything we can to promote Doug Hoffman in this race, and we hope he wins."

Boehner and other House Republican leaders all lined up behind Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman after Scozzafava withdrew Saturday. On Sunday, Scozzafava endorsed Democrat Bill Owens.

Boehner dismissed the notion that the special election in New York was a reflection on the future of the Republican Party. "This race has a lot of unique circumstances," he said. "I have no concerns about the ability of moderates and conservatives to continue to work together."

Filed under: Dede Scozzafava • John Boehner • NY-23
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Enough Already

    I was for her before I was against her. Typical Republican.

    November 2, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  2. wow

    Supporting Scozzafava he regrets.

    Supporting Bush and Cheney in terms of WAR, TAX BREAKS for the WEALTHY, BLOWING UP THE DEFECIT DUE TO MEDICARE PART D, not so much.

    Really working on healthcare reform, instead of lying that he will have a "plan" soon, not so much. The 122 Americans that die every day due to lack of healthcare, not so much.

    Give me a break!

    November 2, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  3. Dean

    John fell out of lockstep on that one, Rush will punish him now.

    November 2, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  4. normajean

    Mr. Boehner, I didn't realize that the Republicans had an agenda. I have waited and looked for months trying to find one,but so far nothing.As to the future of the Republican party, I do so hope that you studied something in school that will prepare you for the outside world as I'm sure your political future is in great doubt.

    November 2, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  5. victim of republican greed

    Boner is getting worried that he may be next on the wingnut hit list.

    November 2, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  6. gary davis Harbor Oregon

    Bonner and his group of jackels are about to loose another set at the table .. and the democrates if they stay smart and get together on the same page as the president is .. we americans will finnaly take back the country from the republican threat and lie machine of the last 8 years.. yay ya ya 🙂

    November 2, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  7. Mack

    He was for her before he was against her.

    November 2, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  8. victim of republican greed

    Stand up Boner and take your punishment from the wingnuts like a real man, you empty suit, flip flopping, supporter of corporate greed.

    November 2, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  9. mjm

    wow......The 122 Americans that die every day due to lack of healthcare, not so much.

    Really? 122 Americans die because they lack health insurance? That's terrible! Too bad HR 3200 leaves about 12 million uninsured. I really would have liked to save that 122/day.

    How many people die with insurance? Is Obama going to stop that? You know he's not REALLY god...right?

    And if you think Medicare Part D was bad wait until you see what HR 3200 does to the deficit.

    And War had more votes in congress than either of these health care bills. shows you how good the bills are.

    November 2, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  10. mario mtl ca

    That's the the republican job stabbing the back of your opponent even if this one is on the same party as them. No more gops too dangerous

    November 2, 2009 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  11. JonDie

    Then why did Boehner endorse her? Doesn't he know who running his own party?

    November 2, 2009 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  12. JJ in Chula Vista, CA

    Someone, pleeease, throw him a bone!

    November 2, 2009 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  13. from the middle

    When a man is orange, can we ever know what is truly in his soul?

    November 2, 2009 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  14. New Yorker

    Dede never belonged in the republican party. She is a liberal democrat and has proven it. I pray Hoffman wins this election. The democrats are ruining this nation.

    November 2, 2009 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  15. quarterback

    Bonehead pulls another boner.

    What an idiot.

    Who elects these losers?

    November 2, 2009 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  16. wesmorgan1

    I can't believe that the current front-page article on Scozzafava suggests that "grass-roots activists" pushed her aside. It was Dick Armey, the Club for Growth, and a crew of NATIONAL players that did so. Hoffman doesn't even live in the district, for crying out loud, and now he's a grass-roots hero? I think not.

    November 2, 2009 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  17. wesmorgan1

    Oh, and why don't you guys put up a nice, fat article titled, "GOP leaders flip-flop on Scozzafava," hm? I mean, here's Boehner blasting a moderate, and you allow him to mouth a platitude about "moderates and conservatives working together?" Yesterday, your Ticker quoted him as saying that moderates are welcome in the GOP, and today you let him blast Scozzafava?

    Toss in Gingrich's flip-flop, Armey's characterization of the local paper's concerns (FT Drum, dairy industry) as "parochial," and all the rest, and you have a perfect story of people willing to go into Orwellian Newspeak to defend their abandonment of their local members. Why not run with that?

    November 2, 2009 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  18. JP

    This is a real "gotcha" moment for republicans who play politics. Its clear that Boehner is playing politics, and the only reason he is regretful is because the republican candidate has now backed the democrat candidate.

    November 2, 2009 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  19. democrat

    CNN is pretty pathetic. Tommorow you will get a glimse of the future. Conservative values will reign again and your state run media center will be baffled.

    November 2, 2009 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |