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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  1. kd

    Republicans – they eat their own.

    November 11, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  2. Blame first think later

    Dede thinks she's a Democrat.

    November 11, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  3. TangledThorns

    Dede endorsed a Democrat and she expects a pat on the back??? Sarah Palin is the true conservative leader who called this liberal in GOP clothing out!

    November 11, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  4. Albo58

    When she endorsed that proven liar that is the Democrat Party candidate, she surrendered what little creditability she had. Time for her to pull an Arlen Spectar and join the loons!

    November 11, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  5. hal

    What did she think was going to happen?! The Democrat party would have done the same thing if one of their own endorsed a Republican. She isn't too smart!

    November 11, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  6. A. Goodwin

    Republican's = Crazy Religious Zelots!

    November 11, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  7. George

    I would suggest that the normal republicans, please stand up.
    Wackos have been your mouthpiece. Speak soon, or your party will silence itself because the wackos are driving normal people to be
    non voters, turn to democrat, or turn to independant.
    Even if a good republican votes for health care because he is there to represent his people who are poor and need insurance; he is told by Mr. Steele, we will get you. Wow, Steel is upset because he voted for his people. Do you normal republicans get the picture? Lame brains are destroying your party. THE PARTY OF LINCOLN.

    November 11, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  8. File under "Sarcasm"

    Get over it, Dede! Join your buddy Arlen Specter and sign up with the Democrats. You thought you were getting a free ride to Congress in a safe Republican district and are bent out of shape because it didn't happen.

    November 11, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  9. midwest liberal

    According to Republicans, her endorsement of the democratic candidate was no doubt the result of subversive brainwashing by that evil overlord Obama in his quest for a new socialist order. The Republican party is as pathetic as my statement is ridiculous.

    November 11, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  10. the dude of truth

    she endorsed intelligence and character. Man republicans on this thread are so hate filled

    November 11, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  11. the dude of truth

    when you play with the devil (neo-cons), your going to get burned

    November 11, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  12. Paul B

    She was more liberal than the Democrat who ran so how on earth did she expect to get the support of people who believe in those "little things" that really matter like smaller government, less taxes, and personal responsibility.

    November 11, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  13. Vic of New York

    Yep. . . . and now the Republican Party is even eating their own!

    Who was the last guy to do that? ...Oh, yeah – Caligula!

    November 11, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |

    Future election victories will increasingly come to those who can capture the moderate, slightly off center voters. What the hell the GOP is doing is beyond me and why the GOP leaders are allowing this to happen is so far down the road and around the corner that it's almost comical. I'll give it 5 years and America will have a viable third party.

    November 11, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  15. Richard L

    Just typical of the vicious Republicans who have trashed our president with anything they could think of.

    November 11, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  16. Joe

    I love it the Grand Old Party are starting to cannibalizing themselves.

    November 11, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  17. Larry S

    I would think that it is clear about this person . . . she is acting like a liberal as she was shown to be before she dropped out of the race. And we all know that liberals main talking point is to blame others for their own lack of abilities.

    November 11, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  18. Seant

    Dede was a mole for the dems. I'm glad she was outed just like Arlen. Both are turncoats. They turn on their party as the far left wing dems turn on their country. I actually love to read these comments on cnn. They show me how ignorant and childish a majority of dems are. The difference from a conservative and a dem is that a conservative wants to take care of themselves without government intervention and a dem wants to steal from a conservative through government intervention. The new republican party is not much better as their bureaucracy beliefs somewhat mirror the dems. Big government bureaucracies inability to manage our money and well being should be a concern for all dems and reps. Time to get rid of the far left wack jobs and the far right wack jobs and the corruption of big government. Then and only then will we have bipartisan support.

    November 11, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  19. Barry In Las Vegas

    This lady is not a moderate Republican – she is a liberal Democrat and she threw her support behind a Democrat.

    She supports Obama and there is nothing wrong with that, but to try and push herself off as a moderate Republican is a joke. She should just change parties and be honest about who she really is.

    November 11, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  20. Mike in LR

    Waah, waah, waah. I'll show you!

    RINO of the year.

    Conservative is conservative, not liberal. Period. If she wants to be liberal I'm okay with it. At least she was flushed out before she was elected. Not like BO. Advertise yourself one way and govern another. Liar-in-chief.

    November 11, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  21. Ron in California

    What a whiner....she had her loyalties on the wrong side of the line.

    November 11, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  22. Luke Brown

    She's no liberal, but she is not a Nazi either and that is why the new Republican Party rejected her.

    November 11, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  23. ObamaWillPayMyBills

    Dede stop your crying and join the liberals. We want you and your big government tax increase ways.

    Come on down where you belong with us liberals.

    November 11, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  24. Ex-NC-Pub

    Scozzafava urged a concept that is not in Palin's vocabulary... "seek to understand before rushing to make an endorsement"...
    That not only would take thought, but it would also take a brain!

    November 11, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  25. bettie

    Dede should leave the GOP to the right-wingnuts and come on over to the Democratic Party. The GOP as a conservatives-only party will never win another national election, so best to leave now while the leavin's good.

    November 11, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
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