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. Rosebud

    Localism vs carpetbaggers from Alaska, Minnesota, and Texas.

    November 2, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  2. Lynne

    This has been a republican stronghold for does this indicate anything???

    November 2, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  3. Suzan

    If Hoffman gets elected he will only hold one term.......people will see him for what he stands for and how un informed he is and the people will wish they had voted for the Democrat........this man looks like a weasle.........

    November 2, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  4. victim of republican greed

    A Reagan Republican is not a fiscal conservative. Ron was not much into balancing budgets. Hoffman says he is a true Reagan Conservative.

    November 2, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  5. giulia

    The Republican party has decided it doesn't want any moderate members in its ranks. And demonizing Pelosi will also drive away many female voters who don't feel welcome in the party of macho. "GOP" now means women need not apply unless they are air headed rightwing "babes" like Sarah Palin.

    November 2, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  6. chelle

    Since when did being a Republican mean you MUST be a social conservative??? How sad that the GOP has been reduced to this. Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln must be spinning in their graves!!!!! TR was a reformer (what would be called a "liberal" now) and well duh so was Lincoln. It is absolutely horrific that in order to be considered a Republican now, you must have a socially conservative viewpoint. Fiscal conservative is no longer enough.

    November 2, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  7. ATL Guy

    So they prop up a guy who doesn't live in the district and isn't aware of the needs of the district but he passes the Conservative litmus test? I'm so sorry for those people in the district when this guys ambitions are national as opposed to local.

    November 2, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  8. S Callahan

    Being a New Yorker' I can tell you it's likely this person has been promised a pension job, at the very least it smells suspicious.

    November 2, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  9. greenliz

    Ms. Scozzafava decided to support the candidate that actually lives in the district and has been able to talk about and debate the issues of the district. When asked about local issues Mr. Hoffmann had no answer.

    November 2, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  10. Willy Brown

    A RINO stumping for a democrat. No surprise here.

    November 2, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  11. Herman from Holland

    As I look from abroad (The Netherlands) to the politics in America are a bit strange. Debate is good, dialog is good. Both are necessary for getting a clear picture. De GOP is injecting fear and principles (which the didn't live up to, during Bush).
    If dialog is so hard for the GOP, bipartisanship is something of the past. Amarica will pay the prize.

    November 2, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  12. Steph

    I'm proud of this woman for making a stand. She seems to be getting pushed out by the far right wing of the a man who doesn't even live in the district.

    November 2, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  13. Michael


    This is great! The Democrat and Republican are working together to help save the district from a whacked out nut job

    November 2, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  14. good riddance

    Hmmm, another party hopping Dem. Stop acting like an R, the Repubs are too smart to vote for your wasteful spending, healthcare ruining politics. All we need is more dems to put us further into the financial hole....good riddance.

    November 2, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  15. Moderate

    Go Scozzafava/Owens! Dede did not deserve the deplorable treatment from the GOP elite trying to push the party farther to the extreme right.

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

    I'm still amazed the Republicans think that they, the people who got us into this disasterous economic mess are the ones to get us out of it.

    November 2, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  17. independent

    Who was that famous politician who once said that politics is local?

    Ms Scozzafava and Mr. Owens represent local voters and address local issues. Mr. Hoffman is the National candidate for the wing of the GOP that lost the last election, and they are angry.

    Congratulations to Ms. Scozzafava for taking a courageous decision for the benefit of the voters in her district. I hope NY-23 tells the small-tent, narrow-minded, national GOP to mind their own business.

    November 2, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  18. Jane/Seattle

    I'm against this 2 party system. May the best person win, but then again the Best are not in Politics! They can't afford to even run! Take this money out of Politics and I bet we'd get some seriosly GOOD folks to run! Peace

    November 2, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  19. Mike in MN

    This just proves the conservatives were correct to support Hoffman all along. She's really a Democrat. If the RNC wants to recruit Democrats to run as Republicans, they can expect no support from either conservative Republicans or conservative independents. No conservative would ever vote for a Democrat even if they call themselves a Republican.

    November 2, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  20. Sea.gem

    Hoffman has already won..the repub who withdrew was running on identity politics...she voted and lib and has lost because of it...

    November 2, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  21. Big Ed

    She is willing to help the candidate she feels will do the best job, even if that candidate is a member of a different party. I can respect that.

    November 2, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  22. Shibumi

    Hoffman by a landslide.................................

    November 2, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  23. The Essential Republican

    Scozzafava is no Republican! She is grossly overinformed and disgustingly open-minded! Good riddance!

    November 2, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  24. Lisa P

    And so the Republican "Big Tent" shrank some more... soon it really will just be the mega-rich, the self-promoters, the wishful thinkers, the easily deluded and the loonies.

    Best wishes to the people of NY-23. I'm sure you did nothing to deserve this ridiculous political circus. Choose the candidate who will represent you best and to heck with the pundits and prognosticators!

    November 2, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  25. LacrosseDad

    proves she was always a Liberal...LOSER

    November 2, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
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