November 11th, 2009
04:32 PM ET
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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. HJA

    Please! Your'e in the party of Rush & Beck and you didn't see this coming? Wake up Dede!

    November 11, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  2. Obama 2.0

    Become an Indepepndent

    November 11, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  3. sifto77

    maybe this traitor should "decry" the sleazy attack she made on Gov Palin..Palin was only doing what was best for the party and is definitely more qualified that this woman to be a republican. Palin has more class than Scozza and can definitely speak more intelligently–in spite of what the smearing liberals have to say about her. If Hoffman had jumped in sooner, he would have beaten Scozza and Owens by a landslide.

    November 11, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  4. TCM

    She's a mole for the liberal agenda of Obama, Pelosi and other anti-American gov't office holders.

    November 11, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  5. Bill

    Her 30 seconds are up.

    November 11, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  6. Rueben

    That was baby stuff compared to how liberal ravage Palin on a daily basis. Plus she endorsed the Democrat so toughen up if you want to be in politics. Wishing her nothing but the worst.

    November 11, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  7. Patricia Dickson

    I am sorry to hear what happen to you Miss Scazzafava but that must show you what kind of people the Republican are and if they are doing that to you can you imagine what the President is going through Republican are very ruthless red neck type of people and they dont care about the poor or any one else but their self i can't imagine african american vote for the republican i realy dont get, i belive that all those people who is attacking the President is just because he have a skin that doest not easily wrinkle and look old before time and all the pressure they put him under he still looking dam good and that why they are so jealous i hold my peace right here ok.

    November 11, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  8. Marc

    Technically speaking, the act of being betrayed does not allows someone to betray other people.
    She was betrayed by her Party's higher authorities who decided to support a candidate from ANOTHER party instead of her, NO DOUBTS ABOUT IT, but that did not meant that she had the right to support a rival, specially if said rival was a Democrat.
    The fact that even out of the race she received around 6% of the votes showed that there was still people who supported her, and to THESE SUPPORTERS (not the traitors in her own party) she owes a few honest and decent words.

    November 11, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  9. lovable liberal

    The elected leaders of America represent America and by definition can't be anti-American. Wingnuts who call them that don't grasp the political ideas of democracy – or else they don't believe in them.

    November 11, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  10. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    If Republicans don't like their own, how can anyone possibly think they like people of diversity groups. The Republican party don't represent the America we live in because they aren't looking for support from a broad spectrum.

    November 11, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  11. Four and The Door

    Republicans do have a set of core principles that they gather around. Small government and responsible financialmanagement are at the top of the list. Too bad for her she wasn't paying attention.

    November 11, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  12. Party Purity will never bring Political Power!

    Yes, indeed the republican party is feasting, the cons are eating the moderates alive and the party leaders stand by and watch.

    Bon Appetit!

    Palin/Bachmann 2012

    November 11, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  13. Melissa

    Madam, this is what the GOP do. The fact that you didn't realize it before make you even more the fool.

    November 11, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  14. Tom in Delaware

    This woman must be related to Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania.

    November 11, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  15. Terry from West Texas

    What happens to those who challenge Conservative power?
    1. A team of private detectives starts working through your personal history, the history of your family, and your employment searching for scandals or enemies who will talk about you, maybe fro cash.

    2. No matter what you believe, you will be called a Liberal Socialist.

    November 11, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  16. ericdravenmi

    Ok.. did anyone even listen to the conservative party candidate Hoffman?? OMG.. he didn't even know why he was running.. Fox News did whatever they could to try and make him look good, but it was a stretch even for them.. he couldn't answer the basic questions that every candidate should be able to answer.. so if they are going to try and run to the far right of thier conservative base for the midterms,, i say thats great news for the democratic party.. The country will remember the last 8 years, and we are fed up with thier scare tactics.

    November 11, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  17. nic

    Voters are forced to choose between two extremes whose main focus is to get themselves and those of like mind elected instead of looking to resolve the many issues that we face. If there was ever a time for a third party this is it. Moderates arise!

    November 11, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  18. ericdravenmi

    Us Dems will take Dede, you take Lieberman!..

    November 11, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  19. Fitz in Texas

    She's blaming everyone else...just goes to show she's been hanging out with the Democrats too much.

    November 11, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  20. Greg, MN

    Listen to her whine!!!! She is a Democrat thru and Thru!!!! OHHH I am the VICTIM feel bad for me... please send money or conduct an investigation or demonize anyone who has said something true, I mean bas about me.

    November 11, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  21. Ted

    The Republican party is eating its own now. Amazing.

    November 11, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  22. southerncousin

    You can see the way liberals think by reading these vicious posts attacking the republicans and conservatives. If she thought republicans or conservatives were bad, it is a good thing she did not run as a Republican or a conservative, you can see how the libertards skewer anyone who disagrees with their lies on a sword of hate and drug induced vitriol. Read the comments following any article about Sarah Palin that appear on CNN. Liberals also hate women and children of a republican or conservative. They are just full of self loathing comments.

    November 11, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  23. DSW

    How anyone can support the Republicans is just beyond me.
    And how any woman with half a brain can say that Palin is good for the country is simply brain-dead!
    The Repbulican's are forcing women back into the dark ages.
    What does your religion have to do with my rights as a citizen?
    There is far too much religion in governement – separating of church and state really does need to be established.

    November 11, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  24. Padraig

    She needs to stop her whining and crying. Grow up and get on with your life. What we do not need in leaders are ones that label themselves as "victims".

    November 11, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  25. May121205

    Good for the conservatives. We need candidates that reflect their constituents instead of supposedly "moderate" republicans that are really democrats in disguise.

    November 11, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
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