Saturday, October 31, 2009

New York RINO Drops Out of New York District 23 Congressional Race

Who says a conservative third-party candidate can't prevail? Certainly not the true conservatives in upstate New York.

ALBANY, N.Y. – Fighting plunging support, Republican Dierdre Scozzafava abruptly suspended her campaign Saturday in a special election for a U.S. House seat that has exposed a rift among national factions of the party.

Campaign spokesman Matt Burns said Scozzafava is essentially withdrawing from the race, although her name will remain on Tuesday's ballot. She thinks stepping aside is best for the party, he said.
"It is increasingly clear that pressure is mounting on many of my supporters to shift their support," Scozzafava said in a written statement. "Consequently, I hereby release those individuals who have endorsed and supported my campaign to transfer their support as they see fit."

The announcement comes after a Siena College poll found she was in third place with 20 percent of the vote in the heavily Republican upstate New York district that has been safe ground for the party for more than 100 years. Conservative Party nominee Doug Hoffman and Democratic nominee Bill Owens were too close to call with 35 percent and 36 percent, respectively.

In recent days it seemed like the only prominent Republican that still supported Scozzafava was Newt Gingrich and of course the Republican National Committee. The RNC moved quickly to endorse Hoffman, meaning what? That when conservatives stand together we can have an impact on the national party and take it back  from the RINOS. Smart conservatives know that a third party is not the way to go. What did a third party get us in 1992? Eight years of William Jefferson Blythe Clinton and the use of Lewinsky as a verb to describe fellatio.  Oh yeah, and a secretary of state who is quite possibly as bad as Madeline Aldumb or Warren "Yertle the Turtle" Christopher. Hoffman would have preferred to run as a Republican, but the RINOS running the Republican establishment in New York wouldn't have it. So he turned the tables on them and his strategy worked thanks to a lot of publicity generated first by Fred Thompson and Sarah Palin then picked up by prominent conservative talk show hosts nationwide. This is a great victory for conservatism because it marks the beginning of the process of turning the Republican Party back into the party of Reagan.

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