November 11th, 2009
04:32 PM ET
10 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. joel palmer

    Nothing like a gop circular firing squad

    It is a beautiful thing to see the Far Right Wing Fringe (FRWF) attacke moderates within the party. Yes let's roll back the calendar to the days of back alley abortions,to the days when minorities "knew their place"; when women stayed home , when big business ran the country.

    Spare me. the gop is on a slef destructive roll and I am cheering on the nut jobs like Huckabee and Palin; destroy the party of Lincoln; Sarah in 2012

    November 11, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  2. Ivan

    The people in charge of the Republican Party today, want all Republicans to march to the same drummer with no variations.
    It is known as the "New Goose Step."

    November 11, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  3. J

    She's a drama queen but let's face it- human decency is at an all time low. Using politics to be hateful is not a new tactic and both sides of the coin are guilty. The bias has never been more evident. After 9/11 we were civil to each other for about a month or less. Then the finger-pointing started and it hasn't stopped.

    November 11, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  4. Corwin7

    Apparently she missed the vote in the senate last month where 30 republican senators actually voted in FAVOR of shielding companies that advocate gang rape.

    November 11, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  5. New Age Independent

    Scozzafava, who maintains she is not as liberal as her critics claim... Yet she endorsed a liberal. Uhm yeah, whatever...

    November 11, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  6. Julius

    Palin 2012! <– to ensure another Democrat victory!

    November 11, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  7. Jon, Pittsburgh, PA

    All this talk about Republian "core values" of small govt and fiscal responsibility. All a person has to look at is GWBush's 2 terms to see that he expanded the size and role of the federal govt more than any Democrat could dream of. In addition, he was a liberal spender to say the least. BTW, they (Republicans) thought the federal govt could better be trusted to secure our air travel than the private sector. But, not good enough to do anything else, apparently. The Republican party is a joke to most of us.

    November 11, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  8. The Dude

    No biggie, the ends justify the means.

    November 11, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  9. headhog1

    I hope the Republican do run Sarah Palin in 2012. That will guarantee four more years for the Democrats.

    November 11, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  10. Bob in VA

    The people who made vicious attacks on Scozzafava are the same people who scream and bleat and moan and whine everytime their fairy queen Sarah Palin gets criticized in the slightest.

    November 11, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  11. Robert

    If she weren't as liberal as people said, she would not have endorsed the Democrat.

    November 11, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  12. Bob

    The only thing sadder than some of these moronic candidates are the people that write-in on these blogs. Clearly, the only people to weigh-in on these postings are not well.

    November 11, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  13. juge

    The people of NY 23 are not as stupid as the right wing thinks they are. You are a good person! You care about your constituents! I am proud of you!

    November 11, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  14. Shadysider

    This isn't even about liberal/conservative or Democrat/Republican.
    -It's about those who fight for social equality and those who don't.
    -It's about those who believe women should have a choice about their bodies and those they bring into the world and those agents of intolerance who want to decide for women.
    -It's about those who look to civil discourse and understanding problems in order to solve them and those who will continually try to push a square peg into a circular hole.
    -It's about those who push for change for good when they see wrongs in the world and those who are content with the status quo and would rather stick their heads in the sand and think everything is fine.
    As the Democrats seem to be on the right side

    November 11, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  15. Todd

    Terry, have a big tent. Tolerant of many views. We want you and all your fellow RINOs to know you can find a new home away from the crazies who have taken over your party. Actually – they have not really just taken over, they have just come out from behind the curtain they used to hide behind. And they are an ugly bunch. Crazy as bed bugs, and mean as old toothless houndogs.

    November 11, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  16. that1guy

    Dede's finally figuring out how people who want nothing but absolute power operate. Let's see if she can connect the remaining dots & figure out that such people WANT that power to profit only themselves.

    This is why I once took an oath to defend the Constitution–not a party, not an ideology. Just the document that keeps such wolves out of the fold in order to keep the dream of America alive for all.

    That is why I am a veteran, and also why the extreme Right must never be allowed to control this country.

    November 11, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  17. frank c

    DEMS GOP. they all lie. i will never vote again.what a joke.

    November 11, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  18. Shadysider

    ..of these issues (though they always seem ineffective in getting these morally righteous issues finished), I myself look to the Democrats rather than Republicans. The religious Right has taken over the Republican Party and they are purging all libertarian sentinment. Not to mention the Republican Party knows nothing of the fiscally responsible stewardship of which they speak.

    November 11, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  19. Jeff

    This is an example of why there will continue to be a migration away from the Republican party. If it continues to embrace and subjugate itself to the right wing fringe ultra-neocons more and more people will leave the party. The irony is the members of this Republican faction decry government involvement in and creation of programs to help people and America (true compassion), but then want government to enforce their social views/ ideals...i.e. telling people what to do/ not to do with their own bodies and how to be – religious (preferably "Christian") and not gay, and so on. Then it's do as I say, but not as I do. It is quite literally cultism delirium in my view. And the height of hypocrisy as well. Thank God I am intelligent enough to know this so I can keep myself and family away from these very scary people. No I am no "lib"...I am an Independent (including thinking), centrist, working, insured white male hockey dad. Pass health reform NOW!

    November 11, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  20. indyreader

    Dede, are you really surprised? The core value of way too many Republicans is not "fairness and equality for everyone" – it's "you're either just like us or you're our enemy." The second you do something that deviates from the party line, you become the enemy, and find yourself on the business end of their pitchforks.

    November 11, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  21. Larry - Hazleton, pa

    Is anyone surprised that the REPUBLICANS would do this to one of there own – Just consider what they have done and said those in the democrat party in the past few months – They (repubs) of today are certainly not what the party of LINCOLN was all about. A real pity that they are low that only 20% of the people even consider themselves to be repubs.

    November 11, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  22. Bill in Austin

    What did you expect from the party of "mean"? Remember they beat up on John McCain in the 2000 Primary. For all their pseudo- idolization of Ronald Reagan, they ignore one of his main posits; "do no harm to others in the party"

    November 11, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  23. Justin Rice

    Oh Really? She endorsed a democrat after she didn't like the response to her own party???? She was on the wrong side to begin with...

    If you can change your stance that quick, then you are a democrat or even worse....


    November 11, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  24. Pappy

    Suprise, suprise, the repugs are vicious, hateful and spread lies. I think we already knew that.

    November 11, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  25. Mooman

    She should be independent. The more I hear stories like this the more I think moderate republicans should be independent. The extremists in the Republican party seem to be so self destructive they may never get anything done.

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