In a last-minute move, two key actions have taken place in the NY 23 special election that show that Conservatism is on the rise.
First, Dede Scozzafava, a liberal Republican has dropped out of the race leaving only Bill Owens, a liberal Democrat, and Doug Hoffman, a Conservative independent. Hoffman has been even with Owens in recent polls even without the substantial resources of the GOP behind him. With Scozzafava out of the way, it is assured that the GOP will assist the Hoffman campaign.
Secondly, Newt Gingrich, who had previously supported Scozzafava, now backs Hoffman. Gingrich joins a long list of Conservative leaders in backing the true Conservative candidate in this race. This could serve as an indicator that the GOP has received the message: if you want to win, get more Conservative and by the way.. stuff your big tent garbage elsewhere.
Today’s Washington Post published an article that sites a new survey showing Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman as the leader in the N.Y. House race.
“The poll shows Hoffman taking 31 percent to 27 percent for businessman Bill Owens (D) and just 19 percent for state Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava (R). Jon Lerner, who conducted the poll for the Club, said that the rise in Hoffman’s numbers is due to the fact that the district, which takes in much of northernmost reaches of New York, ‘want to elect an anti-Washington conservative’.”
The Democratic Congressional Campaign committee has taken notice of the lead switch and has decided that Dede Scozzafava (the overtly-liberal GOP candidate) is not even worth bashing anymore.
“..after spending several hundred thousand dollars bashing Scozzafava, switched its ad traffic over the weekend to a new commercial hitting Hoffman.”
The DCCC is now creating ads that bash Hoffman for .. get this.. being successful. Pointing out his financial assets is a tactic that will backfire. We currently have a President that shows how inneffective someone can be when they’ve never succesfully run so-much as a lemonade stand. Hoffman is a successful businessman and for whatever reason, the liberal want to demonize him for it. He is the essence of the American dream and that is what we need in D.C. not more free-market hating, capitalism-destroying, Congressional elitists.
If I was in N.Y. he’d have my vote.. by the way Newt.. you won’t.
In a recent Rasmussen opinion poll, Conservatives have sent a strong message to the failing leadership of the Republican party. The results of the poll indicate that, “73% think Republicans in Congress have lost touch with GOP voters”. Consider me in that group. I have become increasingly disappointed by the members of the political party that is supposed to be standing up for Conservative principles. We have much to be concerned about such as the reckless spending in the Bush years, support for pork on enormous levels, backing liberal candidates, and finally … actually splitting the Conservative vote in N.Y. and allowing a Democrat to win.
From: Bill Owens for Congress
Even former leaders of the G.O.P. are proving their worthlessness. Newt Gingrich put his clout behind a liberal leaning candidate in the New York district 23 Congressional race. He isn’t supporting Dede Scozzafava because she was the most Conservative candidate, not by far. She supports abortion rights and card-check (union bullying made legal), and she won’t commit to voting against any tax increases. I am fairly certain that three major Conservative tenets are being directly broken and several others are more-than-likely getting dented. The truly Conservative candidate, Doug Hoffman has actually climbed within 6 points in the polls without the support of the Republican party. Imagine how sewn-up that Congressional seat would have been if Newt and company had backed the true Conservative. Instead, the G.O.P.’s support of Scozzafava will put a Congressional seat either in the hands of the Democrat candidate (who now leads by 4 points as Scozzafava splits the vote that should go to Hoffman), or be given to a liberal in Conservative’s clothing.
I, for one, quite some time ago stopped all financial support of the Republican party. It no longer represents my point-of-view and is not protecting the values I hold dear. I will be looking for individual candidates to put my support behind. Some might happen to be Republicans, or American Conservative Party, or Independents. I’ll support the candidates that will go to Washington to represent me, not some bloated set of self-worshipers.
Michael Steele, are you listening? At all? Conservatives have an opportunity to take back Congress, but not with boneheaded moves like this. Even if they take it back, morons like Scozzafava will just vote with the ultra-left like Olympia Snowe (R-ME) did on something as important as health care reform. We don’t need anymore RINOs, we don’t need anymore “centrists”. Mr. Steele, stop splitting the Conservative vote in New York – force Scozzafava to drop-out. On second thought, maybe the first true leadership decision you could make, is to step down.