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. Vigla

    This just proves that Palin is not the savior of the least not in the Northeast. Her meddling cost the Republicans a house seat. I hope she meddles more and loses more races for Republicans. Keep driving the party to the right. The northeast and west will be just a pipe dream for you. Eventually, you will alienate the rest of the country too. Palin, you are a JOKE! GO AWAY!

    November 4, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  2. Ed Tallahassee

    No it's over. In 2010 they'll have a new election.

    November 4, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  3. Dee

    This win for Owen was a referendum against the Re-thugs that hold the republican party hostage.

    November 4, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  4. KJ

    You mean because people didn't listen to the great wizard from Alaska. How dare they defy her? She is all powerful, a genious, a prophet (at least in her own mind)!

    November 4, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  5. Bill or Vin from Philly

    All you got going for you Sarah is your looks, just walk like a stepford lady

    November 4, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  6. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Palin quit her job, her husband quit his job and now she talks about policies that encourage jobs LOL. It's a disgrace for her to stand in the face of millions of American men and women who lost their jobs and not because they quit. Palin is no different than any other politician living off the blood, sweat and tears of hardworking American people and taking her husband along for the ride.

    November 4, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  7. Ken

    Well, Sarah was really appreciated in upstate New York! It appears that a few Republicans up there "grew a set" and rejected not only her but also Rush and Glenn. Maybe it is time for the RNC to grow a set and tell the "Toxic Trio" that they DON'T represent the mainstream Republican values and that they are harmful to the party..

    November 4, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  8. Pamela

    So, Ms. Palin is now a fortune teller. She has become a political pundit and commentator. It certainly pays more....She fails to acknowledge that NYers are not impressed by carpetbaggers.

    November 4, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  9. Frank J. Shoemaker

    Dear CNN:
    The economy will improve under President Obama's watch. The Republican Party need to work with the President instead of opposing everything propose. The GOP will be sadly disappointed if they think this election is a complete rejection of President Obama's agenda.

    Signed FJS

    November 4, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  10. Libertarian

    Until this woman does something more than hide behind social networking sites her opinion is irrelevant and laughable. She couldn't govern the smallest State in the Union and she will surely not affect politics with 420 character irrational rants.

    November 4, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  11. Emma

    Sarah, you stated what Republicans have believed was best for the country, but you are smart enough to know it did not work. At some point I hope you become more reality-oriented.

    November 4, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  12. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    I wish Palin was postponed until 2010..... what an obnoxious boob.

    The right-wing nutter LOST..... first Dem elected in the district in 100 years.... Hoffman lost BIG.... SHUT UP AND GET OVER IT.

    November 4, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  13. FactCheck

    Bwahahaha... the conservative wing-nuts just lost to a Democrat for the first time in 100 years. Keep spinning away GOP... soon you won't have a party to spin for.

    November 4, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  14. Doc in Virginia

    She and the rest of her polarizing pals helped blow Hoffman's slim chance. Hoffman didnt help himself being a carpetbagger and clueless as to the issues in NY-23 either. But this is a referendum on Palin, Armey and other extreme right wing pols who thought the national scene trumped all. Well, all politics is local and this 'Glenn Beck' fueled candidate had no substance; just ideology. Like Palin. like Armey, like Pawlenty and the others. All hat, no cattle.

    November 4, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  15. Tom St. Paul

    NY-23 drives home the message the voters gave last year: Americans are not willing to go down the dark path the Neocons want our nation to take. NY-23 had been a traditional, reliable Republican stronghold since the Civil War, nwevere once electing a Democrat! The fact that the voters turned against the GOP after all this time demonstrates the repugnance mainstream Americans have for the Neocon movement.

    November 4, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  16. Fooled by republicans no more

    Sara Palin's endorsement, Glenbeck, the teabaggers, were all the
    kiss of death for the republicans in NY- 23.

    This was the only race that was of any real importance to the Democrats. And we won the congressional seat.

    The republicans think that electing a republican in a state that is
    traditionally red republican anyway(but turned blue during the national
    election, haha) somehow delivered them a victory. If Virginia wants to
    be ruled by the same republicans who ruined the country no less than
    one year ago, then let them.

    However , the majority of Americans will not be fooled again.

    November 4, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  17. LizHB

    ...look out GOP'ers in 2010 for the "Medusa effect"... seems like anyone Palin endorses turns to stone! I'd run as far from that endorsement as possible!

    November 4, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  18. Lynne

    Why is CNN using Facebook as a means to report what politicians are saying? When are they going to insist that this woman comes out and does an in depth interview??? She is becoming the "Big Sister" ("1984) or the Wizard of Oz of American politics,.

    DO YOUR JOB!!!

    November 4, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |

    Where are the LIBERAL Republicans at, The republican party needs them. The republican party better find it a good LIBERAL Republican to RUN the party and OUT CAST the Neo Con Nut Jobs or the party will spiral out of existence like the Whig party LOL

    What these neo nut jobs hate to admit that REGAN was a LIBERAL republican like Arnold Schwarzenegger. Which these neo nut clowns dubbed them as RINO LOL

    Republican you better let the RINO become the ruler of the republican party or just start planning to be replaced by a new more LIBERAL conservative party 🙂

    The next party will be the democons vs the democrats LOL

    But if people like RUSH Palin Bush Cheny Fox news continue to be the leader of the neo cons and will push all RINO out of the party. Your party will never lead the country again.

    Thats right you better love your RINO or the RINO will crush you 🙂

    November 4, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  20. Chris - MN

    All I can say is "awesome!" If all moderate Republicans get the axe and only hard-core Palinesque candidates get the nod, then the independents and socially moderate republicans become favorable to the alternative – or they just stay home.

    November 4, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  21. LacrosseMom

    Right, go on with your delusional thinking, Sarah Palin! It was obvious that your meddling in NY-23, throwing Scozzafava out and inserting the candidate you wanted IN, was .....clearly........ rejected by the people of NY-23!

    When NY-23 voted for the first Democrat in...... 100 YEARS.... they sent the GOP a clear message, "We, the People reject the vile politics of the GOP."

    November 4, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |


    as by your speech you are still in DENIAL once again LOL

    but really are the DEMOCRATS paying you to destroy the REPUBLICAN PARTY ? because you are the GIFT that keeps on GIVING 🙂

    November 4, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  23. HumbleServant

    Palin says "all the other under-dog candidates who have the courage to put themselves out there and run against the odds."

    You could also say that candidates like Hoffman put themselves out there and run against what people want in government: decency, services, protection from a ruling and ruthless upper class.

    Its been 97 years since this district went Democratic. Palin and her far right cronies are dragging the Republican Party down, down, down. Good riddance.

    November 4, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  24. Sharon


    November 4, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  25. Roger

    Why won't this woman just go away! We all know all we need to know about her. She is not qualified to run for high office, she quit the office she was elected to for no good reason other than the usual ramblings of a politician who quits, she has bad mouthed the President of the United States (which is unacceptable be the President a Democrat or Republican), she totes this ultra right wing conservative line that the majority of Americans want no part of, and she is so delusional as to think she could be President. Sarah, get yourself a talk show, rake in the money you feel you so richly deserve, but stay away from running for elective office – you aren't qualified!!!!!

    November 4, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
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