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. uisignorant

    You should have run on the Democrat ticket, since that is what you are.

    November 11, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  2. too bad the republiklans lack ideas

    this woman endorsement carried more weight than that Pain-Lin woman; Dede's endorsement alone changed the election result and put the NY-23rd congressional seat in the hands of a democrat for the 1st time in a over a 100yrs!

    Pailin is ONLY good in spouting gibberish!....she is a quitter, a loser, a dimwit and an incoherent air head!!!!

    November 11, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  3. Steve

    Every time Palin backs someone they fail miserably. I say keep going, she's a one-woman party-killer.
    Everytime Republicans hit the 'conservative values' button they're kids end up having underage sex or seedy sex-tapes show up. Conservative values no longer exist in the real world, which is fatal for Republicans who's fanbase become more and more radical and intolerant of others with each passing day

    November 11, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  4. Minnesotan

    Republicans are nothing more than rabid dogs willing to tear each other apart in an attempt to get a larger piece of the pie. They've come up with nothing good for decades and it's about time they finally destroyed themselves!

    November 11, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  5. Diane

    It's really too bad that people from either party and independents think that name calling is the way to go in any election. Come on people, most of you on here seem to think that you are the only one entitled to an opinion and anyone who disagrees with you is wrong and stupid. Try working together to solve the problems of this country and world. We'd all be a lot better off.

    November 11, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  6. dennisk

    Vicious attacks? From Republicans?!?! I would never have suspected! (cough, Karl Rove, cough).

    November 11, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  7. Dan

    Um, you were endorsed by ACORN and gladly accepted the endorsement. You support bigger government and spending. But still you're surprised the conservatives dropped their support? Conservatives are willing to vote where their values are met rather than just a party line. As the Republican party line has moved left, Conservatives have had to go with them or against them. This time they went against. And that's looked at as a betrayal of the party? I don't see it. It looks to me to be more of a reshaping of the party that only left 5-6% of Republican voters behind with Dede (and I bet a significant number of those simply didn't know Dede had withdrawn).

    November 11, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  8. Hope to Change


    What do you mean by the lesson to learn??? Do you mean it's the lesson for Republicans to learn to support you next time if you get another chance to be the candidate or is it the lesson for you to learn not to endorse Democrat when you lost the bid????Well It' doesn't matter any way they're going put your in supermarket for the 2nd time or you'll lose your mind again.

    November 11, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  9. Barbara

    You did the right thing Ms. Scozzafava. Terrible thing to get ripped to shreds by those claiming to be in your party.

    November 11, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  10. Shannon Shiflett

    Republicans are gun-loving and vicious. She's just now figuring that out?

    November 11, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  11. Me

    Ummmm, Dede, you favor increased government power, higher taxes, and pro-abortion policies. In what world can you say you're conservative?

    November 11, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  12. Ben in Texas

    The whiner Repugnants around here complain that Dede took Repugnant money and then dropped out and endorsed a Democrat. That's typical wingnut thinking. Ignore inconvenient facts and base your case on only those items that fit your preconceived notions

    Deal with ALL the facts: She was the party choice, put a bunch of her own money and time into the race, and then got thrown under the bus by a bunch of corporate mouthpieces named Palin, Limbaugh, Beck, and Hannity. Everything she had invested was stolen by these outside aggitators, these carpetbaggers, in favor of another outsider with no qualifications other than that he worshiped the same corporate god as Palin, et. al.

    Anyone who is abandoned in such a fashion is fully justified in switching loyalties.

    November 11, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  13. Ron

    If she feels attacked by the republican party, maybe she should join the democrats. Truth is, she'd be a much better fit on that side anyway!

    November 11, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  14. Mark from Philadelphia

    She is not now, nor ever was a real GOP'er. She even endorsed a Dem in order to show her true colors.

    November 11, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  15. non-sense

    "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."

    You wouldn't know that looking at recent history!!

    November 11, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  16. Joe

    She's a quitter like Palin–LOSERS

    November 11, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  17. James

    Why is it that only Republicans need to be "moderate"? Are Democrats excluded from this seemingly important requirement? If I'm not mistaken, Sen. Leiberman was a moderate for the Democratic party and he was eventually forced to leave it behind and become Independent. Perhaps the Congresswoman needs to contemplate the same idea...

    November 11, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  18. tom in Tennessee

    That she is so good playing the victim prooves she is not a repub. She's taken lessons from the libs and they have turned the whine into an art form.

    November 11, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  19. Jim

    Republicans, ask yourselves this simple question: which is better, a Republican who is conservative 100% of the rime but who lost the election, or one who is conservative 85% of the time and who won?

    November 11, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  20. Patty

    She's a hero. She stood up to the takeover by a crazed fringed and did what was right.

    November 11, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  21. Alex

    oh boo hoo. you swim with sharks, you're gonna get bitten.

    November 11, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  22. Hiroakshima

    Lie down with dogs sweety and you WILL get fleas. The Repug party has such a high level of scum in it (Vitter, Hall, Mr. Wide Stance, Newt Gingrich, Fake tan Boehner, Michelle {certifiable} Bachman, et. al.) You can't help getting some splashed on you when the play gets rough.

    Let this party od self interested idiots eat their young that way maybe we won't have to suffer them in the future.

    November 11, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  23. Kiki

    Oh poor Dede, cry me a river...............pleeeze!! What did she expect? She is the traitor in this scenario. If she was a true Republican, she would have quit the race and NOT endorsed any candidate. She wants "many voices to make a party" ........well, she forgets that she abondanded HER party and instead went with the other. Get over it lady, you're done!!! You get no sympathy from me.

    November 11, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  24. Sara

    It didn't take Dede long to realize that the Republician Party is only out for themselves! It's there way or the hightway!

    November 11, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  25. usualone

    What is a Republican? The ones who speak out nowadays are really vicious and self-centered. It is all about "me". They can attack Democrats all they want but that doesn't take away from their terrible behavior. Democrats certainly don't have tact all the time but they tend to show more reasoning, without following a strict unwavering (unthinking) path. Where are the middle-grounders, who do give thoughts before just running their hateful mouths?

    November 11, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
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