November 2nd, 2009
12:42 PM ET
13 years ago

RNC says 'vote conservative' in NY-23

(CNN) - The Republican National Committee is pouring some last-minute money into the highly-anticipated special election in New York's 23rd congressional district with a new radio ad, as the party throws its support to Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman.

The RNC released a new radio ad on Monday encouraging Republicans to support conservative candidates on Election Day. Without naming Hoffman, the narrator says that voters "need conservative leaders who stand up for our values."

"Whose side are you on? The Pelosi-Paterson tax-and-spend train wreck?" the narrator asks in the ad, echoing a Hoffman campaign theme. "Or do you believe in Republican conservative values, like thrift, personal responsibility, and family? Let's tell the liberals, enough is enough."

The RNC had previously backed Republican nominee Dede Scozzafava, who dropped out of the race over the weekend and officially backed the Democratic nominee, Bill Owens.

The ad will air for two days in North Country media markets. The RNC would not reveal the size of the buy.

Filed under: Doug Hoffman • NY-23 • RNC
soundoff (74 Responses)
  1. michael

    It's all about winning, no values or positions here for the RNC. A week ago they wanted the republican Dede Scozzafava but now will go with the lunatic fringe Hoffman and Palin crew. This has to be the lowest low for democracy.

    November 2, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  2. marc-bos

    Time to call in Sarah Palin. I hope New Yorkers are too smart to vote Republican. They already have enough problems without Republican leadership. Wonder how long Sarah Palin will keep her yap shut-or is she staying away because she knows New York is too smart for her (NOT hard to do. )

    November 2, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  3. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Ya don't mention GOP or Republican since those terms don't mean squat any more..... I guess they couldn't come right out and say RIGHT-WING since that has a nutcase connotation attached to it.

    November 2, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  4. Tony in Maine

    We are privileged to watch something that rarely happens in American politics, the death of a major party. The Republicans are following their ideological predecessors, the Whigs, into the toilet.

    There may be a temporary party of the right composed of beckerheads, dittoheads and palindrones, but it cannot survive unless allowed to own fully automatic weapons, an unlikely event.

    Moderates and those to the right of center, up to now fearful of being labeled and libeled by the wingnuts, will convene and a new opposition party will be born.

    The wingnuts will retreat to their caves, growling and muttering threats no one believes anymore.

    November 2, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  5. Bill from CA

    Interesting...the RNC says to 'vote conservative' but their own candidate endorses the Democrat in the race. Given how radical and extreme the GOP has become, it is apparent that they don't really even know what conservative is anymore.

    November 2, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  6. sensible Cape Coral FL

    I don't know about anyone else but I am thrilled watching the Republican Party being dragged kicking and screaming into the 19th century. Tee Hee

    November 2, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  7. Independent Bob


    Hoffman is not a Republican! He is a conservative candidate, but he is not a Republican. Read again what the Republican add says, " you believe in Republican conservative values, like thrift, personal responsibility, and family?"

    The Repulicans want us to believe the NY 23 race is about the Republican party and a victory for that party. This is another example of the arrogance of the major parties, in this case the Republican Party.

    This may a victory for a conservative third party candidate, but more importantly it demonstrates that the two major parties no longer can claim that they are the exclusive guardians of their respective idealogies. There are other candidates, not just the ones the major parties pick for us, that have good ideas about good governance and that are not just about winning and maintaining control.

    We the voters are the winners!

    November 2, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  8. Burns NH

    Just a word for you Dems, get a job,get a life and get the hell out of
    Gov, that you have no clue as to what is best for all if us.

    November 2, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  9. Liberal4Obama

    It says a lot that the RNC decided to throw their own, moderate, candidate under the bus in favor of a right wing extremist radical lightning rod like Hoffman.

    Note to GOP: Saying you will support someone, like YOUR OWN candidate and then pulling the rug from under them the last week before the election is NOT leadership, it's COWARDNESS.

    November 2, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  10. T Mckinley

    Tax and spend train wreck? You mean like all of our costly, unnecessary interventionist wars? These wars are paid for with federal tax dollars. As soon as Republicans start calling for an end to our costly, taxpayer-funded military imperialism, THEN I will start taking their complaints about taxing and spending seriously.

    November 2, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  11. yuri

    RNC rant will and should go unheeded in our opinion. But then the voters may have their own trick up their sleeves.

    November 2, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  12. Navy Vet

    "Or do you believe in Republican conservative values, like thrift, personal responsibility, and family? [sic]

    Thrify like spending billions on a war based in lies. personal responsiblity like qutting your job mid-committment, or family like spending the tax payers dollars while visiting your mistress over seas?

    The party that stands on the mount preaching how everyone else should live while they themselves live their lives in secrets and lies until their caught. Then when they are, it's all a political attack.

    This party isn't any more "moral" than any one else. Drop the self-rightousness, it's sickening.

    November 2, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  13. Michael

    Please run in 2012 Sarah- That will guantee re-election of our President!

    November 2, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  14. T Mckinley

    As an idependent voter, I have MUCH more respect for Libertarians on the issue of fiscal conservatism than I do for neo-conservative, warmongering Republicans.

    All this talk from the Republicans about "fiscal conservatism" is exactly that; TALK. Republicans will spend just as many of our tax dollars as Democrats. The only difference is that Republicans will spend our tax dollars on weapons for the military and interventionist wars in other countries rather than spening our tax dollars here on social programs.

    November 2, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  15. ttbala

    Can't beleive how the Republican party now talking about fiscal responsibility, when G.W. was burning our surplus away, we did not hear one word from them about fiscal responsibility, the only thing you hear from the Repubs at any time is whatever that moment will do to their party, if it will help them they are for it if it will not j=help them they are not for it, no matter what the American people want or need, and now there is MS> SARAH, where was this woman before, this is a classic case of what I am saying, now she thinks her comments will make her a hero she just opens her fowel mouth and god only knows what will come out, not that anything that comes out will make anybody want to listen.

    November 2, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  16. Ren from Baltimore

    Republican ranks are being decimated by "Conservatives"-if that's what you want to call Limbaugh's hacks.

    MIchael Steele is doing his very best to tear the Party apart-he needs to be replaced, although he's already done way too much divisive damage to us.

    November 2, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  17. G SMITH

    The Republican Party is the only Party to vote for. Succesfull people vote Republican. The Democratic Party is Raciest, Hateful, Anti-Business and uses minorites for their advantages. The Democratic Party must die for the success of America.

    November 2, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  18. disgusted

    If you're going to vote for this guy, please read up on what he is all about.

    November 2, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  19. LacrosseMom

    In 2008 America sent a very clear message to the GOP:


    But the GOP refuse to change, refuse to be inclusive. The GOP preys on fear, incites hate, creates division!

    November 2, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  20. David

    It's interesting the RNC is paying for commercials which support a candidate that is not in their party. They barely avoid breaking campaign finance laws only because they don't mention Hoffman by name. I guess stretching the law to it's limits is a conservative value.

    November 2, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  21. Jamie

    What is 'vote conservative' suppose to mean? These mixed messages and having crazies like Palin jump in, only hurts Republicans more. This is the most insane race I have seen in a while.

    November 2, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  22. Eric

    Vote Conserative !! So we can further ruin this nation with conservative "values".

    Wake up America!!! Conseratives are so out of touch with reality and what is best for this country!

    November 2, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  23. Ray

    What a big, heaping pile of you-know-what.

    #1 Priority for Liberals- Personal freedom and progression.

    #1 Priority for Conservatives- Money. Oh, and Money.

    Which do you value more? And why on God's green earth would you put your trust back in the party that trampled on everyone's beliefs-conservative and liberal alike- for 8 years?

    November 2, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  24. Larry

    What a joke the RNC is

    If Thrift, Personal Responsibility and Family is what they want you to vote on .... Then the only choice is OWENS

    The narrator doesn't mention Hoffmans name ????

    Do they really think that the New York voters are that foolish ... to simply vote for a person because he's a Republican ????

    The guy is just a Hit Man for the Party Of NO ... Hoffman doesn't care about the 23d district ...

    What A Joke the RNC has become

    I can not wait until Tuesday when the 23d hires it's first Democrat in over 100 years

    Bravo to the 23d in advance Bravo !!!!

    November 2, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
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