November 4th, 2009
06:31 PM ET
12 years ago

Palin: NY-23 race 'just postponed until 2010'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sarah Palin said the race in NY-23 is 'just postponed until 2010.'"]
(CNN) - Democrat Bill Owens may have won last night's special election in New York's 23rd congressional district - but Sarah Palin said Wednesday that race "is not over."

Writing on Facebook early Wednesday morning, the former Alaska governor praised Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman and "all the other under-dog candidates who have the courage to put themselves out there and run against the odds."

"The race for New York's 23rd District is not over, just postponed until 2010," Palin wrote. "The issues of this election have always centered on the economy – on the need for fiscal restraint, smaller government, and policies that encourage jobs. In 2010, these issues will be even more crucial to the electorate."

Owens – the first Democrat to win this district since the 19th century – is up for re-election in 2010.

Palin, along with prominent conservatives Tim Pawlenty, Fred Thompson and Dick Armey, backed Hoffman last month over then-Republican nominee, Dede Scozzafava, who dropped out the weekend before Election Day. The race garnered national attention over the Republican Party split between the Scozzafava and the more conservative Hoffman.

Filed under: Bill Owens • Doug Hoffman • NY-23 • Popular Posts • Sarah Palin
soundoff (146 Responses)
  1. sammieb51

    Too bad Sarah wasn't 'around' when Homeland Security was being whipped together - talk about a big govt agency that seems to have unlimited power!

    November 4, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  2. wcf630

    Yes it is. As the only election with any national impact, the outcome was a referendum on your crazy "conservative" party, which advocates policies that help the rich, and restrict the personal freedom of citizens while giving giant corporations the leverage to do what they want.

    Keep it up Sarah! You're the best thing that ever happened to the democrats.

    November 4, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  3. All the news that is fit to omit

    No huge fan of Palin, but she is exactly right here.

    Funny, she makes ONE statement in support of the (C) running here and the MSM is saying this loss reflects on her, BUT Obambi and Billy Clinton spend DAYS in VA and NJ and somehow that doesn't reflect on them???

    The nitwit Republican leaders in NY put up a leftist that they called a Republican and she was going to lose, so at the last moments they propped up another candidate who sounded a bit more like a Republican.

    Obamabots in the media are all giddy over this, but the facts are that they didn't do ANYTHING here, the Republicans in NY blew it with the initial selection.

    Bet the house that next year, the REPUBLICANS get this back.

    Time for the Obamabots to roll out of bed and bash Palin, the rest of us WORKERS only have a half hour for lunch.

    November 4, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  4. Thank you Sarah!

    We Dems really appreciate Sarah's injecting herself into local races. The more she talks, the better for our candidates. Thanks!

    November 4, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  5. Robert

    "Fiscal restraint" and "smaller government" even when the economy is headed over a cliff? Even a dolt like President Bush recognized that government had to do SOMETHING (cue the bailouts and stimulus money). I guess Palin would prefer the over-the-cliff scenario.

    Palin doesn't have ideas, just a limited collection of word clusters she spits out in response to any question: lower taxes, smaller government, 9-11, terrorism, freedom, real Americans, lower taxes, smaller government.....

    November 4, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  6. Grog in Ohio

    "The issues of this election have always centered on the economy – on the need for fiscal restraint, smaller government, and policies that encourage jobs."

    Interesting... sounds like Palin would have voted AGAINST George W. Bush.

    November 4, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  7. Tania

    She's FORMER everything. Just ignore her ghost-written Facebook and any other comments!

    November 4, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  8. dkaye

    No Governor, the race is over. There will be another race in 2010. That's how the house of representatives works. Every two years. When someone wins though... they win, and take office, for two years.

    November 4, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  9. Steve (the real one)

    Owens will serve one year, and then there will be new elections in 2010! We will see!

    November 4, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  10. Really???

    Underdogs who put themselves out there???? Since it has been 100 years since a Dem won that district, wouldn't he be the underdog? I would think the Pitbull with lipstick would know these things!

    November 4, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  11. Clint

    Move on honey, you are embarrassing yourself. The NY-23 race is over just like the 2008 Presidential election is over and for some reason, perhaps your all consuming drive to make as much money as you possibly can, you can't figure out that you lost.. The people of this country, outside of the misguided teabaggers, are not interested in your brand of conservative hypocrisy.

    November 4, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  12. anotherGDlefty

    Sorry Sarah, it was over last night. The results are in.

    Mandate against Obama policies? No.

    Mandate about local issues? Yes.

    November 4, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  13. rick

    Who does Sarah Palin think she is? She needs to stay out of politics especially NY. She is just another Repub that does not know what the people of this country wants or needs. She seems to have an ego that won't shut up and wants to be in the limelight. Go back to Alaska and stay there.

    November 4, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  14. chelle

    Looks pretty over to me....but she seems to have a problem with the concept of losing......I wonder if she would have said the same thing if the Democrat had lost??

    November 4, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  15. Fred - MO

    Palin needs to go away and fast. We knew she was going to take the credit for her handlers telling her to endorse him. She is so clueless while trying to post though ghostwriters on FB.

    Give us a break from this stupid woman.

    November 4, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  16. katiec

    Hey Bloggers,
    CNN gets alot of responses to their constant Palin headlining because of our disgust and anger.
    Why don't we try totally ignoring their total rapture with her and
    not blog, respond, etc??
    Maybe that would make CNN realize we have had enough.

    November 4, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  17. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    I just wish all the fiscal conservatives weren't encumbered by all that neo-con, bible thumping narrow-mindedness and bigotry.

    November 4, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  18. Jayden,FL

    Get lost Palin! your stupid opinions are not needed!

    November 4, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  19. Michael.

    I thought if you failed to get enough votes it simply meant you lost the campaign and election?

    Or, is it that you are lost, thinking you can see the Adirondack trails out the back window? That is quite a hike from here to there.

    November 4, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  20. Dean

    Dim witted Sarah yes the people of the 23 district have spoken and chose to vote Democrat. Not for the Vile and extreme right wing Neo Con nut cases of which you are a part of. now shut up and go home.

    November 4, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  21. Moderate

    Under-dog? LOL Palin. Hoffman was supposed to be ahead by the media's "account" and was supposed to receive 2/3 of Dede's votes.

    The GOP elite meddling in NY-23 to drive away moderates caused far-right "conservative" Hoffman to lose, rightfully so for the way the party treated Dede.

    Moderate decency won over Palin-Armey-Pawlenty-Limbaugh extremes. Thank goodness!

    Congratulations to Congressman Owens!

    November 4, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  22. triker44

    Exactly right! Had the RINO not backed Owens the result would have been different. The GOP needs to wake up! Traitors like Dede are not needed in the GOP.

    November 4, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  23. gl, From Pittsburgh

    Sorry Sara Palin the American people are not buying what you are saleing. You and Huckbee keep up the good work at handing over more seats to the Dems. This country is not for the far right nut jobs like yourself Sara Palin so get the stepping.

    November 4, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  24. Phat Elvis

    ha ha! now that the election is lost all sarah & co have is plattitudes! well, you silly conservatives, when one door closes, another opens–in this case it is showing you the way out of politics and into the wilderness.
    good riddance you fundamentalist whack jobs!

    November 4, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  25. Pragmatic

    The sensible voters in NYS said "NO" to national conservative bullies and "NO" to a conservative carpetbagger – a guy who did not live in the district and knew nothing about local issues: The loud conservative has-beens and wanabes will whine but politics are local. Moderates are the people who accomplish things: the others are all talk and no action.

    November 4, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
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