November 11th, 2009
04:32 PM ET
13 years ago

Scozzafava decries 'vicious' attacks

Washington (CNN) - Dede Scozzafava, the Republican New York assemblywoman who gave up her bid for a House seat late last month, is decrying the "vicious" attacks she underwent from people within her own party.

"The attacks were pretty vicious, especially since it was coming from people that identified themselves as Republicans," Scozzafava told CNN's John Roberts on American Morning Wednesday. "So that was difficult to overcome."

Scozzafava ultimately gave up her bid in New York's special congressional elections for the 23rd district after conservatives rallied around third-party candidate Doug Hoffman and charged Scozzafava was too liberal on a host of issues including government spending, taxes, and abortion rights.

Scozzafava, who maintains she is not as liberal as her critics claim, endorsed the Democrat in the race who ultimately went on to victory - the first time a Democrat won in that district in over 100 years.

"Hopefully a lesson can be learned and we can move forward and make the party stronger and understand that there are many voices that make a party but we can all agree around core principles," Scozzafava told CNN.

Viewed as a battle for the heart and soul of the Republican Party, the race attracted national attention and exposed divisions within the GOP between its conservative base and the party's leadership who often back more moderate candidates with a better chance of winning a general election.

In the interview with CNN, Scozzafava said conservatives should seek to understand the local issues in each race before rushing to make an endorsement in future elections.
"I hope that races can revolve around the needs of the district that the people are running to represent," she said. "I think that's the most important thing and the focus on every race. You're never going to have perfect ideology. If you are you're never going to move forward because no one's going to think independently."

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soundoff (284 Responses)
  1. Thomas, Baton Rouge, LA

    That's the GOP fer ya....

    November 11, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  2. annie s

    Of course the attacks were vicious. That's the only way conservative Republicans operate. They have nothing whatsoever to offer, so they use baseless attacks and fear. The real shame is that it usually works.

    November 11, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  3. Dwayne

    Imagine that! The republicans acting like a vicious angry lynch mob... Scozzafava, I wouldn't even look back at the masters of deception and manipulation. You did the right thing cowgirl! For everyone that hates ya...there are two that love ya. Drive on!

    November 11, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  4. Will

    The Republicans need to rid themselves of the flat earth bible thumpers and teabagging psychopaths, and the Democrats need to rid themselves of the hardcore socialists and terrorist/illegal immigrant appeasers. Only then will we have real dialogue in this country

    November 11, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  5. Enough already!

    Will this woman please stop whining? Please! Seriously! This is the same woman who endorsed a Democrat and yet wants to cry that some Republicans didn't consider her to be Conservative enough.

    She's not. That's the bottom line. When the shoe fits, wear it. She ought to step up and own this, admit that she's not very Conservative and live with the fact that she didn't appeal to some people.

    November 11, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  6. Zach K

    The door is open Mrs. S. We will accept you in the party, because you believe in what a vast majority in the Democratic Party believe in. PEOPLE'S RIGHTS.

    November 11, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  7. Lee Bowman

    The Republicans are boxing themselves into a corner. They've alienated blacks, most women, Hispanics, gays, most any other ethnic group you can think of, enlightened Christians. Let's see...that leaves them with mostly white Southern evangelical men. That should be good for about 24% of the vote next time around. The GOP is a pitiful lot, letting the fascist wing of Palin, Limbaugh, Bachmann and Beck take over. They have no backbone to stand up to them. And they think they are the strong party? Give me a break!

    November 11, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  8. Peggy

    She is a whiner, she belongs in the Democratic party!

    November 11, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  9. Senior Lilarose in Oregon

    Well, Hon, come on over to our side! Being a liberal is a "liberating" experience! You don't always have to agree with everyone, that is the first liberating experience.

    November 11, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
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