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Former GOP candidate endorses Democrat

November 2, 2009

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— In a Republican Party struggling to find its identity, the surprise withdrawal of the chosen GOP candidate for a New York congressional race — forced by a rising conservative upstart — renews a lingering national debate: Are moderates welcome in today’s Grand Old Party?

The question became even more relevant Sunday when the ex-candidate, state Assemblywoman Dierdre Scozzafava, threw her support behind the Democrat in the race rather than the Conservative Party candidate favored by fellow Republicans.

The GOP leadership insisted on Sunday political TV talk shows the party is strong and inclusive while Democrats described a Republican party out of touch with the people.

“We accept moderates in our party, and we want moderates in our party. We cover a wide range of Americans,” said Republican House Leader John Boehner in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

But in New York’s rural 23rd Congressional District, the message was clear early: Scozzafava was too moderate; some even used the dreaded “L” word — liberal. Her endorsement of Democrat Bill Owens over Conservative Doug Hoffman only reinforced that perception — even her former campaign spokesman, Matt Burns, said it was a mistake and urged Republicans to back Hoffman.

Comments

Rex Russell 5 years, 2 months ago

This is distictly why we need a third centrist party. Both parties are too far gone to be effective. Cull the sensible, REAL conservatives from the GOP, the Independants, and the Blue Dog Democrats and form the sensible middle.

jafs 5 years, 2 months ago

TS,

That's because your definition of far-left is not shared by most of us.

jaywalker 5 years, 2 months ago

Montagues and Capulets, and ne'er the 'tween shall meet.
Here comes that ol' nausea again.

thewayitis 5 years, 2 months ago

The third party will be GOOH party. GOOH.com, Back to the constitution.

Ralph Reed 5 years, 2 months ago

Tom, You're a self-confessed libertarian based on some quiz you took a couple of weeks ago.

Why don't you quit ranting against the "leftist conspiracy" in the media, and admit that the conservatives. are just as bad.?

There is no middle ground.

Ricky_Vaughn 5 years, 2 months ago

Beck's a libertarian...that's why Tom went down that road...

You know, monkey see, monkey do...

Ricky_Vaughn 5 years, 2 months ago

I think it's more of an editorial on your part, Tom.

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