November 4th, 2009
06:31 PM ET
11 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. Robert

    Sarah Palin and company get involved in an upstate New York congressional race and the Democrat wins for the first time since the Civil War. Good job Sarah; hopefully you can help elect Democrats throughout the country

    November 4, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  2. The race for New York's 23rd District is not over?

    this woman is dumb as rocks

    it is over, there will be another race, but now the person that won begins their term

    you cannot be this dumb... but you keep saying just the dumbest things

    November 4, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  3. Chandler

    You messed it up for your party, Sarah! A Republican would have been far more in line with your views than a democrat, therefore, butting your nose in where it didn't belong hurt those that share your views.

    November 4, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  4. Joe Unger, San Francisco

    Does this mean the race for 23 isn't even over in 2010? Just postponed to 2012?
    The Conservatives are spouting nonsense. All they proved is they can pick a loser. The Republican leadership was obviously right in picking a moderate candidate. Too bad for them they knuckled under in going with Hoffman. To call him an underdog is ridiculous. He was a 3rd party candidate until he became the "official" Republican candidate, then he made his gains. And the majority of people in the 23rd still could not stomach him.

    November 4, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  5. rosanne cohn

    who knows what transpires in the next year? it's for certain Palin will insert herself wherever she can, but I think a majority of us know that she is truly not presidential material and I think that will be born out as time goes on. The women of America need to wise up......she does not represent the women who REALLY understand what's happening..
    Rosanne Cohn

    November 4, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  6. Steve

    Sarah Palin – a face unclouded by thought. Her virtue is that she says what she thnks. Her vice is that what she thinks does not amount to much.
    Stop reporting on everything this airhead does and says!

    November 4, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  7. Jeff, Huntington Beach, CA

    So much for sister Sarah's "God like status." She is the centerpiece for the fringe in this country.

    November 4, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  8. Rob in NC

    ....or maybe he won because the people in the district didn't want a stooge who knew nothing about the area.

    Why don't you go write a book about the people there just don't understand that your way is the right way?

    The new Govener of VA said it best when he told you to stay away. It was the best move he made. Still the cult of Sarah managed to get in robo-calls.

    I do have to give you credit, there isn't anyone that can motivate the Democrats like you can.

    November 4, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  9. Fair is Fair

    More Palin please!!!!!

    November 4, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  10. Mark

    So the GOP held this seat since 1872. It should have been a slam dunk for them, but a loss is just a postphonement? Her head is so far up her rectum she doesn't know what fresh air smells like.

    November 4, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  11. kyle from ohio

    Coming from a person who quit Her own position in Goverment, where is her weight in this race. And again if you have any understanding of fiscal responsibility you should know that no one fiscal policy work for all times. Some time require you to spend and raise taxes and some time require you to cut taxes and cut spending.

    Of course that is not a good sounding point, just a fact.

    November 4, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  12. tee

    After 100 years a democrat was elected in the 23rd......that speaks volumes.......even with the endorsements from the so call big wigs of the republican party......Thats the race that spoke the loudest.

    November 4, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  13. lila

    Hoffman was hardly the underdog candidate. Hoffman had most prominent conservatives endorsement and was running in a reliably red conservative district. Owens was the underdog and in the end, so was Scozzafava because she did not walk in lock step with the party on every issue, unlike Hoffman who did and was anything but the underdog. Sarah is not very smart.

    November 4, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  14. El

    because lets face folks, Palin knows how to finish things. just look at her work as govenor of...oh wait, she quit that.

    November 4, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  15. Dick

    What a disaster to the Republican Party. After making a big stink about the Republican candidate and forcing her to back out of the race, the party-backed conservative candidate loses the seat to a Democrat for the first time in 150 years. So much for riding Sarah Palin's coattails. I wonder how all the Republicans in upstate New York feel about receiving the "support" of nearly every nationally prominent Republican now?

    November 4, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  16. T'SAH from Virginia

    "The race for New York's 23rd District is not over, just postponed until 2010," Palin wrote." OMG, she can write!!!!

    All elections center on ECONOMY Ms. SMART-ASH, especially when the economy is BAD!!!

    She also states, "... fiscal restraint, smaller government, and policies that encourage jobs."

    Okay, Ms. SMART-ASH, there are also REPUBLI-CAN'Ts in office and why aren't they suggesting the policies needed to "encourage" (not create) jobs and how they are going to do it with "fiscal restraint or smaller government".

    MAYBE – just MAYBE, Hoffman lost because YOU endorsed him!!!

    November 4, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  17. energy

    They did not want you in NJ and VA and won. You endorsed a candidate in NY and he lost, even though the candidate never wanted you around. You have good talents, lucky and charming, but you can be too hasty to making decisions. Your decision to abandon your state in time of needy will NEVER see you well. You need to focus on your book launch and be very conservative in your appearances–FOR NOW. You talk TOO much

    November 4, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  18. Laurie

    More Facebook wisdom from a wacko. Thanks for the extra vote on Health Care Reform in the House. The death panels are coming because of your influence. Oh No!

    November 4, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  19. Daniel Schlafer

    Governor Palin may want to postpone the NY special election until 2010 , but the voters did not and rejected the " conservative " effort . Why didn't Governor Palin congratulate representative-elect Owens ? Is this all a sub-plot to worldwide book tour ? Dick Cheney seems to pop-off whenever he is out trying to round-up support for his future book .

    November 4, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  20. SH in TX

    The voters of DIstrict 23 in NY were so desparate NOT to vote for your conservative party candidate, Sarah, they voted in a Democrat for the first time in over 100 years. Shouldn't that be a hint that your endorsements means nothing, except maybe a guaranteed loss?

    November 4, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  21. cm

    Two blogs in one day on this egotistical right nut winger. Cnn please publish something news worthy. I for one do not care what Palin puts on her facebook, she can't take credit for it anyway. I hate to think with all the serious problems that we have that this woman's opinions are of any importance. She showed me in the 2008 elections, she can't think and she can't predict or she could of at that time seen her own demise. You just add fire CNN to a narcissistic woman and her less than smart followers. Again, a sore loser and someone who can't admit she made a mistake.

    November 4, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  22. once upon a horse

    Sarah Palin needs to woman up and admit that the candidate that she and the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck LOST....perhaps meaning that even in an area that has been Republican for years that even they are rejecting the far right idealogy of division, intolerence, and in some cases downright bigotry. Nothing wrong with being conservative but the neo-cons have taken it to a new level and not all the nation wants it.

    November 4, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  23. Tom (Nashville, TN)

    Keep moving those goal posts, Sarah.

    November 4, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  24. Michelle

    Keep talking, Sarah. Eventually you'll wear yourself out and go away to count your money. But, based on what you told McCain staffers, it won't be back to the land you supposedly love. No, it will be somewhere in the lower 48, somewhere where you can shoot your rifles (although not from a helicopter, dear) and somewhere with a good view of a foreign country. I know, how about Texas? You and Perry can cook up a secessionist strategy down there where they don't call such actions treason.

    November 4, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  25. TangledThorns

    Palin was sharp enough to call out Dede Scozzafava for the liberal turncoat the is. Either way, Sarah Palin rules as she'll bring in a lot of money for any conservative candidate who receives her endorsement. Palin 2012!!

    November 4, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
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