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. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    The message is clear from both of the major parties. The moderates on either side can not find support within their own parties. A blue dog Democrat can not find support from the liberal left and moderate republican can not find support from the GOP, and most of all the local citizen can not find representation from either party.
    We are a nation divided when the ideaology of the middle is continued to be dismissed.
    Where's my fiddle I smell smoke.

    November 2, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  2. Tom in Delaware

    So now disagreeing with someone about Abortion, Gay Marriage, and a skyrocketing deficit are "hateful and divisive".....yeessh she really is a liberal.

    November 2, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  3. obummer, 1 and done

    Nothing like a woman scorned.

    November 2, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  4. Jobless Recovery are done done. You are a fraud. Less Government now! NO MORE BAILOUTS! No more Nancy Pelosi and Obama!
    Go Hoffman!

    November 2, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  5. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    This woman is about as much a republican as Nancy Pelosi and Barney Frank. She is the personification of what is wrong with the today's republican party: a bunch of democrats trying to fool voters into thinking they are actually McCain and Graham.

    GO HOFFMAN, a REAL republican!!

    November 2, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  6. katiec

    If we continue to elect the radical religious right there will never be any hope for bi-partisianship or putting our country and people before party.
    If the people in this district choose to support the party of hypocrits, the party of NOthing than that is their loss.

    November 2, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  7. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    This woman is about as much a republican as Nancy Pelosi and Barney Frank. She is the personification of what is wrong with today's republican party: a bunch of pandering democrats trying to fool voters into thinking that they are actually McCain and Graham.


    November 2, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  8. Mike

    It's sad that a party would take the stance of "either all our way or not at all". This is why I do not support the current republican agenda. It's too dictatorial. Until they move away from this kind of leadership I will not return.

    November 2, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  9. TLD

    The Republican Party is a disgrace and an abomination. There is something putrid about these guys and gals. The Republican Parties of past decades did not make me want to shower after I hear or see them speak on issues. I think it may have started with the Newt Gingrich Crew a few years back.

    November 2, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  10. ephraim

    hoffman is a carpetbagger, clear and simple. the sad thing is the repugs
    want to create the impression every local election is national. they are
    drowning out the people who need to get work done. we don't need a reagan conservative, we simply need locals with sound judgement
    to do the work of the people. with the vast majority of america as middle
    of the road, both parties are now beginning to see a position where
    either can only send forth the most extreme version of party ideologies.

    November 2, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  11. Terry from West Texas

    For some Conservatives, Conservatism has become a sort of political religion. To be a Conservative True Believer, you must embrace every point of the political theology. You must be AGAINST abortion, government action that might benefit the middle and lower classes, corporate regulation, any taxation of any kind for any, government services to the middle and lower classes.

    You must HATE the "government" (whatever that is). You must speak with contempt and scorn for everything the "government" does, though you will not criticize any particular thing the government does (air traffic control, public libraries, roads, medicare, etc.). You must scorn Liberals as infidels.

    You must be FOR the "free market" (whatever that is) and anything – no matter what – that is proposed by a Conservative leader.

    Failure to toe the line will result in excommunication.

    November 2, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  12. Mike

    Who bought her off?

    November 2, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  13. Proud Member..Party of No

    And now we know why republicans rejected Scozzafava....she's a loser which means she should be in the democrat party.

    November 2, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  14. vic nashville , Tn

    GOP say Obama Can’ govern

    They can’t control their party

    GOP expected same drama last year from democrats Between Hillary and Obama

    This called Karma

    November 2, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  15. Garrett

    We want fiscal restraint and fiscal responsibility. The conservative guy is the only one who give us that. The rest of the issues become unimportant if we let our country go bankrupt.

    November 2, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  16. The Essential Republican

    Scozzafava is a slap in the face to the proud tradition of mysogeny and bigotry that the GOP has worked so hard to foster! Where's the hate, lady?

    November 2, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  17. Mr. Phil

    How do you anti-government spending people suggest we handle the economic crisis? More tax breaks for big business so they can supposedly create more jobs as opposed to lining their own personal coffers? Is it President Obama's fault that unemployment is as high as it is? Bush's administration lost 5 mil. jobs during their 8 years of laissez-faire economics (I'll pause so you can look that up) while driving the GDP to negative 8% thanks to the non-budgeted wars he started that accomplished nothing but the enrichment of companies like Haliburton. If you think President Obama is a socialist, I'll wait for you to look that up too.

    November 2, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  18. VB Lincoln Park NJ

    We have had carpetbaggers like Hoffman try to win elections for Governor and the Senate here in NJ, and we have always turned them away. Hopefully, the wise voters of the 23 NY district will do the same.

    November 2, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  19. Christie

    Ms. Scozzafava – you are the winner. I would rather not run than to be in a party of mean spirited bullies. You made the right decision!

    November 2, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  20. Laverne

    Ahhh, I love politics!

    November 2, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  21. Jamie

    Dede Scozzafava EXACTLY what the conservatives said she was all along.
    Only a RINO ( a fake Republican).

    She had no values.........she just proved it to the world. She is just as "liberal & wacky" as she has been protrayed. Her latest moves only prove it.

    That's what a RINO is.

    November 2, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  22. Carnell From The Motor City!

    Thank You Congresswoman R-New York Dede Scozzafava For Standing Up For Yourself And Doing The Right Thing. Thank You As Well For Your Support Of D-New York 23 Candidate Bill Owens.

    November 2, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  23. chubby

    This is why she could not gather any votes, she was another RINO. I wish I could vote for Hoffman.

    November 2, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  24. phoenix86

    A lesson learned for both parties about back-room dealings. The republican leadership picked Scozzafava and the voter rejected her (looks like for good reason).

    The democrats are going to "reform" healthcare in a backroom deal as well. Be very afraid....until 2010. Then take away 1 party rule from Washington and send Pelosi back to the kitchen.

    November 2, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  25. Beth Sturgiss

    Hey, republicans who vote in the 23rd district, you need to look at all those party officials who supported Fuzzyfavor to begin with. Aren't they all liberal, too?

    November 2, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
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