November 2nd, 2009
11:45 AM ET
13 years ago

Scozzafava campaigns for Owens

(CNN) - Not only is the former Republican candidate in a special New York congressional election now supporting the Democrat in the race, she is actively campaigning for him.

According to the Watertown Daily Times and confirmed by Owens' spokesman, former Republican candidate Dede Scozzafava appeared an event with Democrat Bill Owens in Canton, New York Sunday.

"It's not about ideology, it's about the local issues," Scozzafava said during the event, according to the paper. She also urged her one-time opponent to avoid the "hateful and divisive" tactics that ultimately led to her withdrawal from the race 24 hours earlier.

Under heavy pressure from national conservatives who are supporting third-party candidate Doug Hoffman in the state's 23rd congressional district, Scozzafava said Saturday she was suspending her campaign.

Owen's spokesman would not indicate if Scozzafava was expected to appear on the trail with Owens Monday.

Filed under: Dede Scozzafava
soundoff (88 Responses)
  1. Bugl3t

    Kudos to you, Ms. Scozzafava, you are a principled and brave woman. And thank you - for putting your constiuency - and this country FIRST.

    People, not Party.

    November 2, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  2. Biased

    It appears then, without knowing her or living there, that she is more in tune with democrats than republicans or conservatives, so I would imagine those living in her jurisdiction would be upset with having to vote between 2 democrats without the emergence of Hoffman. She is free to do as she wishes and I assume voters can make up their own decision as well whether to now vote for the more liberal or more conservative candidate.

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

    it absolutely is about ideology. she is a liberal and so much so that she needs to change prties and call herself a democrat. she is the farthest thing from the majority (conservative) and only received backing because she had an R behind her name. should have been RINO. Course those that backed her only did so because she was Republican and not a conservative. The conservatives will win this one and send a message to the rest of the country that conservative values will keep this country alive while liberal ideology will destroy it.

    November 2, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  4. Hennessy Black, Racine,WI

    You GO GIRL!

    It is, after all, ALL ABOUT LOCAL ISSUES AND COMMUNITY... all of which Hoffman and his ilk KNOW NOTHING...

    November 2, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  5. Chad

    Dede is showing her true colors! Why was she ever a Republican in the 1st place? Democrats have enough kool-aid drinkers in their party, no place for that stuff in the GOP!

    November 2, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  6. SammyD

    I guess Palin was right, this women was never a republican!!

    November 2, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  7. chill

    I see the GOP Taliban have claimed another scalp. Hopefully there enough sensible people left in NY23 to send a message not to play to the extremes.

    November 2, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  8. Bob in Pa

    You know what they say about a woman scorned.

    November 2, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  9. File under "Sarcasm"

    Pennsylvania has Arlen Spector and New York now has Dede Scozzafava; two long term politicians who will trade their party and principles as necessary to retain their political power. That was a long winded way to politely say "losers".

    November 2, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  10. Andy Bunker

    I'm sure those who thought Joe Lieberman was a traitor for endorsing McCain now think this RINO is a hero for endorsing the Democrat

    November 2, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  11. TangledThorns

    Sarah Palin was right in calling out Dede for being the liberal turncoat that she is!

    November 2, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  12. sammy

    As odd as this looks, i cant blame Diedra Scozzafava. Doug Hoffman is a Tea Party planted candidate who knows nothing about the district. I will very surprised if the district ends up voting for this fake Astro Turf.

    November 2, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  13. katiec

    Good for her. After the railroad job the GOP did on her she needs to speak out.
    The republican party has never voted for or supported any bills presented for the benefit of women, middle class America in the
    working place or domestic issues. They continue on with their
    outdated, unworkable ideals and try to force it down our throats.
    Americans, we do not need additional radical religious rights
    politicians having a say on the future of our country and us.
    We do not need the party of NOthing representing us in any way.

    November 2, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  14. victim of republican greed

    Now that is bipartisanship.

    November 2, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  15. cgillette369

    is she a mole or a spolier?

    November 2, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  16. Tony

    HA! Yeah, this isn't out of spite or anything.

    November 2, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  17. mjm

    Wow...I guess she was a RINO after all. We don't need any more of those.

    Bottom line is that this is a Republican county and they deserve a conservative Republican. Not some democrat dressed up as a McCain.

    I think the RNC and Newt should do their home work next time before they back the wrong horse.

    November 2, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  18. Darko

    "It's not about ideology, it's about the local issues"

    Liberal campaigning for a liberal... it's not hard to figure out.

    The GOP tried to force another tax and spend RHINO and got burned. I'd love to see more people running on the 'conservative' ticket like Hoffman. Maybe then, the GOP would see where they've gone wrong in last decade.

    November 2, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  19. T'SAH from Virginia

    This shoud disrupt a lot of things!! LOL U GO GIRL – Don't let that PARTY OF NO stop you from believing in what is RIGHT. I hope the outcome for OWENS prevails over the REPUBLI-CAN'T Hoffman!!!

    November 2, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  20. jd

    This is all about wanting to insert some rational fiscal discipline back into government. I know it is hard for Congressmen to resist the temptations of the lobbiests and the lackeys, but they need to put the country's interests first–and they haven't been doing that. We absolutely need fiscal conservatism. I want very much to see Republicans return to fiscal responsibility, and maybe we are turning a corner here. I hope so.

    November 2, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  21. Mike

    Sounds like the move of a sore loser to me. Your own party faithful run you out of town on a rail so you support the rival. Can you say sour grapes?

    November 2, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  22. gt

    sounds like she is just like spector ,,, there in it just for themselves...

    November 2, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  23. LacrosseMom

    Can't imagine NY-23 folks voting for a man who does not live in the district. Nor for a man who can not articulate a sentence, nor speaks with knowledge about the issues.

    We already had eight long years of a Republican who was unaware of the real world.

    BRAVO to Ms. Scossafava! Republicans are on the wrong side of history over and over again.

    November 2, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  24. Fitz in Texas

    Keep campaigning for Owens Ms. Scozzafava. This will only help Doug Hoffman. You see, no matter what party the voter is from I think we can all agree most don't like a hypocrite....... Ms. Scozzafava.

    November 2, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  25. a little sad

    I don't understand how Hoffman can even run – isn't there a residency requirement?

    November 2, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
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