November 10th, 2009
06:38 PM ET
11 years ago

Scozzafava takes on Palin

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Dede Scozzafava, the woman who has become the symbol of moderate Republicanism, is taking a shot at former Republican vice presidential hopeful Sarah Palin."]Washington (CNN) – Dede Scozzafava, the woman who has become the symbol of moderate Republicanism, is taking a shot at former Republican vice presidential hopeful Sarah Palin, the woman who has become the darling of the Republican Party's conservative grassroots.

In a new interview, the state assemblywoman also lets loose on former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who chose to endorse Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman over Scozzafava, her party's official nominee, in the closely-watched race in New York's 23rd congressional district.

The Hoffman campaign and many of his supporters targeted Scozzafava on some of her more moderate views, particularly on social issues.

The growing conservative support for Hoffman, including the endorsements from Palin and other prominent conservatives, eventually led Scozzafava - who had been hand-picked by local party leaders - to drop out of the race just days before Election Day.

"How can Sarah Palin come out and endorse someone who can't answer some basic questions?" Scozzafava told the Washington Post. "Do these people even know who they are endorsing?"

In the interview, Scozzafava - who ended up backing the race's victor, Democrat Bill Owens - sounded a bitter note about how she was treated by members of her own party.

"It was organized," Scozzafava told the Post about the attacks against her by Palin, other prominent conservative figures, and conservative advocacy groups. "There is a lot of us who consider ourselves Republicans, of the Party of Lincoln. If they don't want us with them, we're going to work against them."

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  1. TangledThorns

    Kudos to Sarah Palin for calling out a liberal in GOP clothing like Scozzafava. Another reason why Sarah Palin is a true leader.

    November 10, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  2. CalDem

    Sounds like a scurrilous party takeover if you ask me. Keep it up, the far right will destroy the Republican party for good. But I'm just a card-carrying Democrat. Probably shouldn't have let that out!!!!!!

    November 10, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  3. KLS

    The extremists on the Right have a very narrow mind when it comes to issues that are actually important to our nation. We need more moderates in both parties who will put America first and their ideology views second.

    November 10, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  4. Simmy

    Best to you, Dede......You're a better moderate Republican than the rabid Republican in drag Blue Dogs are Democrats......Palin is as anti-Christian as an atheist is anti-God......

    November 10, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  5. Tommygunn

    I will be glad when the TEA PARTY get their own party and the REPUBLICANs can go back to building their base.

    When that occurs the CONSERVATIVE group will split and the RUSH LIMBAUGH, GLENN BECK, SARAH PALIN and DICK ARMY crowd will go to the TEA PARTY and give us back a REPUBLICAN party.

    As far as the elected officials MICHELLE BACHMAN will go with the TEA PARTY people and let Banner crowd play the rubberneck routine trying to figure out where they belong.


    November 10, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  6. Mark, Warwick RI

    Moderate Republicanism? She's a Democrat – why are we blurring these lines so much?

    November 10, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  7. Bob

    Sarah Palin can't answer basic questions.... why would you be surprised she backed someone who fails to be able to do the same thing...

    November 10, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  8. Liberal4Obama

    Sarah Palin couldn't tell her right foot from her left one, thats how much Sarah Palin knows about anything.

    November 10, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  9. Daniel

    Palin is a double agent for the Republicans and dumbness. If she thinks anybody would believe what she says She's got a loyal flock of people who would follow anything she dishes out..

    November 10, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  10. Ain't life strange?

    OK... so let me see if I have this straight. The Goopers will blast any party member who goes against the party. Then, they dump a party member THEY selected because they feel she's liberal or at best a moderate conservative. Then, they cheer when the moderate Gooper drops out of the race and their independant candidate they now support loses to a Democrat. They'd rather see a Democrat in office then a moderate Gooper? Have I got that right? Implosion anyone??

    November 10, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  11. tarheel

    I wouldn't vote for Scuzzyfava for dogcatcher. Her political career is officially over unless she she join the other RINO's like Benedict Arnold Specter. She has zero future as a Republican. And why does people keep saying she is a "Moderate" Republican. She's not even moderate by a Maine Democrats idea of moderate. She is a completely Ultra-liberal Democrat. The Republican Party can only grow stronger if they weed out these losers and stand for their conservative core principles.

    November 10, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  12. Fed-up with GOP

    The recent history of misinformation and rhetoric led by right wing extremist has caused me to stop identifying with the GOP. This right winged Tea Party thing is a divisive ticket to nowhere. Instead of taking back America, republicans need to first take back the party. I am an American first and will sacrifice party for what's best for my (excuse me our) country and it isn’t hate.

    For those of you who haven't noticed, it's not the sixties anymore, and it will never be again.

    November 10, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  13. joyce

    "Dede Scozzafava takes on Palin"/
    Sounds like Dede is just critizing Palin with the same tired old whiney remarks that Democrats use every day. If she really wants to take on Palin, Dede should debate Sarah. Now that would be worth watching. But fiirst Dede would need to put her record alongside of Sarah's and then we could see who represents the Republican Party.

    November 10, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  14. SJ

    Dede Scozzafava got thrown under the bus for "not being conservative enough." This ongoing ethnic cleansing of the Republican Party (dumping candidates who the base deems to be insufficiently conservative) is a recipe for staying a minority party for a very long time, and the ones doing the cleansing are completely blind to what the long-term impacts are to the Republican Party.

    I've voted for Republicans in the past; however, I won't vote for another one until the Republican Party rids itself of these fascists who go under the label of "Christian Conservative", "Compassionate Conservative" or "Tea Party" member.

    November 10, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  15. Joe from Atlanta

    Dede, I am not a resident of New York but as a very concerned citizen, I feel that both you and some of our Republican Representatives have forgotten what Marcus Tullius Cicero wrote in 55 BC and I quote "The budget should be balanced, The Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance". There are those in Congress today that dispute the wisdom of Cicero and have forgotten what has made our country great. Listen Up!

    Mr. Hoffman, a literal unknown did win by coming in 2nd. I am watching what our local representatives in GA do between now and the next election.

    By the way, you showed your true colors by backing a candidate that does not believe in the above.

    Joe from Atlanta


    November 10, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  16. once upon a horse

    the GOP has met the enemy and it is itself. As long as this continues the Dems will not have a lot to worry about in 2010 or 2012. The neo-cons and ill informed tea baggers are doing nothing but dividing what was once a proud GOP base...and this is coming for a man that normally votes Democrat but also has voted Republican in the past.

    November 10, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  17. tedster

    This is a person who has served as a Republican member of the New York Assembly for over a decade in an area that has not elected a Democrat to Congress in over 100 years.

    As an Independent, I find it scary when either party attempts to purge its "moderates," because it is the moderates on either side who usually represent my views. From the far left, everyone looks like a conservative, and from the far right everyone looks like a liberal.

    If the Republicans ever expect to regain the White House, they will need to get those of us in the middle to vote for them, and purging us from their ranks is not a good start.

    November 10, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  18. Andie

    DeDe believes in pro choice, partial birth abortion and gay marriage. Instead of blaming someone for her personal failings, she needs to go home and ask those people whey they did not support her. It is that simple!

    November 10, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  19. Jamie

    Palin has the support of the Far-Far-Far Right, but more reasonable and better educated Republicans have to take a stand against this extremist minority. For the sake of their party...and for the sake of our country.

    November 10, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  20. joem

    you democrats are so misinformed. DEDE is not a republican, she is a liberal and is only a republican in name only. us republicans dont want liberal democrats representing our party. so stop saying we are attacking our own, she is not one of our own.. you can have her. she endorsed the democratic, what more do you need to know.

    November 10, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  21. dave from VA.

    Scozzafava is a liberal not a moderate. Why she claims to be a Republican is beyond me.

    November 10, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  22. Tania

    Sarah is opening mouth to change feet.

    November 10, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  23. joem

    the country is moving more and more liberal for sure. the republicans have not moved at all. they are standing on thier conservative principles. the conservitive wing of the republican party has been in charge since before Reagan. I am conservative person, I dont consider myself a republican or a democrat. I encourage the republican party to continue to embrace their conservative base and not run to the middle just to get votes. Stand on principle.

    November 10, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  24. Scott

    As a left wing republican, how can you be upset that you are attacked by a right wing republican? I think we can really see where her colors lie based on the fact that she then endorsed the democratic candidate. As a conservative, I don't want liberals in power whether they are republicans or democrats. Its how you vote that matters to me. Besides at least with a liberal democrat you have a chance to unseat them later. When you have liberal republican running against a democrat you lose either way.

    November 10, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  25. Stormee

    Funny how the right wing Republicans seem to point fingers at Democrats for not being "bi-partisan" – yet most bi-partisan politicians tend to be moderate, and when a moderate Republican pops up they get attacked by their own party members for being bi-partisan. The only thing right wing is destroying is what little shreds of integrity are left in the Republican party, and ues, Scozzafava has integrity because she did what she felt was right, not what the party felt was right, and did what her constituents wished, not what special interest groups and big business think.

    November 10, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
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