Upstate New York Going Rogue; GOP Pumps Money into Dede’s Campaign

2009 October 26
by bc3b

Pitting conservative purists against party pragmatists, a growing number of national Republican figures are bucking the party standard and backing a third-party candidate in the sole congressional election scheduled this year, upstate New York’s 23rd congressional district.

Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, former Senator Rick Santorum, former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, current Minnesota Rep. Michelle Bachmann, former Tennessee Senator and presidential candidate Fred Thompson, and former presidential candidate Steve Forbes have all backed Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman over Republican Dede Scozzafava.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty — a potential presidential candidate in 2012 — suggested Friday on ABC News that he’s strongly considering backing Hoffman, as well.

“Our nation is at a crossroads, and this is once again a time for choosing,” Ms. Palin, author of the upcoming book, “Going Rogue,” wrote Thursday on her Facebook page. “This is the game-changer,” added Dick Armey, whose Freedom Works organization has supported the Tea Party movement.

Palin, et al. represent what can only be called the Tea Party insurgency, whose adherents point to mainstream Republicans — including party philosopher Newt Gingrich — and their support of Ms. Scozzafava as another sign that the GOP has strayed from its core principles.

Full article.


The National Republican Congressional Committee remains committed to embattled GOP nominee Dede Scozzafava in the upstate New York House special election, even as many of the party’s top names throw their support to Conservative Party nominee Doug Hoffman.

 Two party officials tell POLITICO that the NRCC will continue to air TV ads propping up Scozzafava in the days leading up to the Nov. 3 contest and plans to keep up a near relentless barrage of press releases slamming Hoffman.

Public and private polls have shown Hoffman gaining on Scozzafava but both trail the Democratic nominee, attorney Bill Owens.


For the NRCC, the decision to remain steadfast in support of the GOP nominee is premised on the belief that, despite Hoffman’s apparent momentum in the contest, Scozzafava remains the party’s best hope of holding the seat, which has been vacated by Republican Rep. John McHugh.

 The NRCC plans to spend between $200,000 and $300,000 on TV ads in the final week-and-a-half of the campaign. The ads will focus on Owens and Scozzafava and will not mention Hoffman. 

Full article.

Hat Tip: Christian Science Monitor

23 Responses leave one →
  1. 2009 October 26 4:57 am
    phineas gage permalink

    For such a relatively minor political contest, there are major implications that will impact the future of the GOP.

    If Palin has gambled correctly and won, I think she clearly assumes the leadership role of the party, officially or not.

    I sent in my contribution to Hoffman last week.

  2. 2009 October 26 5:09 am
    MI Conservative permalink

    Man I missed coming to bejohngalt all week-end and feel completely out of the loop.

    Too many issues and comments to read.

  3. 2009 October 26 5:13 am
    bc3b permalink

    PG & MI Conservative –

    Since you commented, I updated the article. The GOP plans to spend $200,000 – $300,000 promoting Dede in the last 10 days of the campaign.

  4. 2009 October 26 5:21 am
    bc3b permalink

    Phineas –

    I sent a contribution to Hoffman last week also. Regardless of whether Hoffman wins or not Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann did the right thing and stood for principle. They, and everyone who supports Hoffman, are sending a message to the National GOP, which still appears to be deaf.

    Since the only members of the GOP with any courage appear to be the women, perhaps the phrase to describe someone with backbone is he/she “has tits” since none, except DeMint and the senators from Oklahoma, seem to have “balls.”

  5. 2009 October 26 6:09 am
    brucefdb permalink

    As long as Scuzzy is defeated it is a good outcome. It would be nice if Hoffman beats her though.

  6. 2009 October 26 6:10 am
    drdog09 permalink

    NJ race going rogue too? Little late to affect the outcome for the independent but it might sink Christie. ==

    In New Jersey — which last went for a GOP presidential candidate in 1988 — Democrat Gov. Jon Corzine averages about 40 percent. GOP challenger Chris Christie has fallen more than six points in two weeks. The beneficiary is independent Chris Daggett, winning double-digit support.

    “What do these phenomena have in common? In two words: disillusionment and disgust,” says Lara Brown, Villanova University political science professor.

    Registered and likely voters, in particular, are disillusioned and disgusted with both parties and their candidates, who seem to over-promise, under-deliver, ask for too much and take advantage of their positions, explains Brown.

  7. 2009 October 26 6:11 am
    drdog09 permalink

    forgot the source. Its from RCP.

  8. 2009 October 26 6:24 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Oh and this is good. Well the article not so much. But the comments! The author gets bitch slapped into next Sunday. Tuohey must be a Frum follower.

  9. 2009 October 26 6:38 am
    bc3b permalink

    Much like Norm Coleman, Chris Christie will have no one but himself to blame if he loses. He has run a very poor campaign and really hasn’t outlined his plans for the state, if elected.

  10. 2009 October 26 6:46 am
    TLS permalink

    Talk about putting yourself in a bad spot, the GOP can either dump money into keeping Dede in the race, which is a waste in my opinion, or they pull support and/or moeny, which will make it very difficult for them to recruit candidates in other elections. The three stooges: Cornyn, Jesmer, and Steele.

  11. 2009 October 26 6:50 am
    drdog09 permalink


    They should have dumped scuzzy two weeks ago and poured money to Hoffman. They are on the wrong side of the issue from the base. This continues, the GOP is going to find itself in state after state in opposition to its base. It can’t afford that just on the fiscal level.

  12. 2009 October 26 6:59 am
    bc3b permalink

    drdog09 –

    The comments definitely indicate that many, if not most, conservatives are sick and tired of the GOP leadership and they are not going to take it any more. It may be a matter of burning the village to the ground in order to save it.

  13. 2009 October 26 7:01 am
    TLS permalink

    Agreed drdog. The comments are that link you posted were right on. I’m so tired of Republicans throwing the party in the crapper because they think the voters have no other choice.

  14. 2009 October 26 7:17 am
    Havok permalink

    The biggest problem with BOTH major political parties in the US today is that they are partisan and put their own party before the country.

    The GOP stinks.

    The Democrats stink.

    People should stop following party lines and vote in candidates with whom they agree with.
    Yeah yeah I know all the pluses to political parties but the two that are the most powerful are also the most corrupt.

    All the GOP is doing by funding their puppet is destroying any GOOD chance of change happening. (and not OBama’s douche-bagery change)

    This is why I left the GOP and became independent.
    I wish there was a strong third Party with my Conservative/Libertarian values, but there isn’t, so I choose to leave.

    Hopefully Ted Nugent will run for something I can vote in.

  15. 2009 October 26 8:19 am
    justrand permalink

    the NRCC is absolutely guaranteeing that people like me won’t even answer the phone for them any more…let alone send them a nickle!!

    I sent Hoffman money, and will support individual candidates. But if the NRCC is going to support scuzzy candidates, they are not getting ANY money from me.

  16. 2009 October 26 9:18 am
    bc3b permalink

    JR –

    The NRSC, run by Cornyn, is no better.

  17. 2009 October 26 9:28 am
    judyt2009 permalink

    Fredhead Judy once again looks to Fred for counsel… his endorsement is sufficient.

    I listened to Newt during the Sunday morning talking heads roundup, and while I understood his reasoning I am reminded about the story of the scorpion and the frog. Come to think of it newts and frogs are genetically related, aren’t they?

    I am not sending any more money to the GOP, NRSC or NRCC because I am oppose to financially supporting non-conservative candidates. If I am going to give money to any non-conservative it would be Joe Lieberman because at least I agree with the man on two very important principles.. national security and support for Israel.

  18. 2009 October 26 9:42 am
    drdog09 permalink


    Have to agree with you. Leiberman is the classic liberal. His liberal attitudes generally stop at the water’s edge.

  19. 2009 October 26 9:43 am
    justrand permalink

    Poll by Club for Growth just came out showing Hoffman in the lead.

    Scuzzy Dede (or vice versa) is making news for accepting the Margeret “Let’s Purify the Race” Sanger Award from Planned Parenthood.

    interesting day

  20. 2009 October 26 9:49 am
    booshkindoggin permalink

    Dede can perform a great service for her Party and her country by acting as the sacrificial virgin in this seminal election – keep on running to the left of your Dem opponent, Cupcake.

  21. 2009 October 26 9:51 am
    mpthompson permalink

    I sent Hoffman money about two weeks ago — a few days prior to Palin backing him. Glad to have gotten on this boat early as it sure can use help to fight the headwind blowing from the GOP elites.

  22. 2009 October 26 10:33 am

    wow the GOP really is suicidal, can’t even read the tea leaves when they are placed right in front of their eyes.

  23. 2009 October 26 10:36 am

    “I am not sending any more money to the GOP, NRSC or NRCC”

    Your not alone, that’s another reason I don’t think we’re going to do quite as well as some think in 2010, the funding will have to be direct because I doubt the organizations above are going to be getting a boat loads of contributions, at least not from the base.

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