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RINO Scozzafava drops out of race in NY 23

Update: Gingrich throws support to Hoffman!

A few days ago we told you about RINO Dede Scozzafava’s support from the Republican elite, and how several true conservatives in the party were jumping ship to support the Conservative Party’s Doug Hoffman, in the New York special election for Congressional District 23. Now Tea Partiers around the nation have rallied against the GOP to support Hoffman in order to send the message to the national party–Return to conservative principles, or lose!

The TCOT Report has covered the race since Scozzafava’s nomination and exposed the level of influence the national Republican Party wielded to secure here nomination.  Though Newt Gingrich referred to the decision to nominate Dede as unanimous, TCOT Report exposed that two of eleven county officials still refuse to endorse Scozzafava!   True conservatives around the nation have rallied against the GOP to support Hoffman in order to send a message to the national party–Return to conservative principles, or lose!

After the latest Siena Poll shows the race a dead heat between Democrat Bill Owens and Hoffman, with Scozzafava a distant third, the RINO has withdrawn from the race.  Here’s her statement, compliments of Politico:

Dear Friends and Supporters:

Throughout the course of my campaign for Congress, I have made the people of the 23rd District and the issues that affect them the focal point of my campaign. As a life long resident of this District, I care deeply and passionately about its people and our way of life. Whether as a candidate for Congress, a State Assemblywoman or a small town Mayor, I have always sought to act with the best interest of our District and its residents in mind—and today I again seek to act for the good of our community.

The opportunity to run as the Republican and Independence Party candidate to represent the 23rd District has been and remains one of the greatest honors of my life. During the past several months, as I’ve traveled the district, meeting and talking with voters about the issues that matter most to them, I’ve been overwhelmed by the amount of support I’ve received as I sought to serve as their voice in Washington. However, as Winston Churchill once said, Democracy can be a fickle employer, and the road to public office is not always a smooth one.

In recent days, polls have indicated that my chances of winning this election are not as strong as we would like them to be. The reality that I’ve come to accept is that in today’s political arena, you must be able to back up your message with money—and as I’ve been outspent on both sides, I’ve been unable to effectively address many of the charges that have been made about my record. But as I’ve said from the start of this campaign, this election is not about me, it’s about the people of this District. And, as always, today I will do what I believe serves their interests best.

It is increasingly clear that pressure is mounting on many of my supporters to shift their support. Consequently, I hereby release those individuals who have endorsed and supported my campaign to transfer their support as they see fit to do so. I am and have always been a proud Republican. It is my hope that with my actions today, my Party will emerge stronger and our District and our nation can take an important step towards restoring the enduring strength and economic prosperity that has defined us for generations.

On Election Day my name will appear on the ballot, but victory is unlikely. To those who support me – and to those who choose not to – I offer my sincerest thanks.

Dede

Question for Newt Gingrich, Pete Sessions, John Boehner, and all the other Republican elite who threw their support behind this Democrat who calls herself a Republican: Is it clear now that Americans don’t want Republican politicians who act like Democrats, but Republicans with real conservative values for which they’ll stand firm?

October 31, 2009 Posted by | GOP | , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Newt Gingrich Stabs Workers in Back … Again

Received via email from Mark Mix, President of National Right to Work Committee

Why is Newt Gingrich undercutting our efforts to stop Big Labor’s Card Check bill?

Right to Work activists will be disturbed to learn Newt is backing an outspoken supporter of forced unionism and the union bosses in a special election for Congress next week in New York 23.

Does Mr. Gingrich really think it makes no difference whether the Republican Party is pro-worker freedom or not?  Just like the final few years when he was Speaker of the House of Representatives, for Newt, it is appears it is just about power and party over principle.

You’ve probably heard some of the details by now.  Opponents of forced unionism are outraged that the Republican party has nominated a candidate who is a supporter of coercive card check.  Other conservative and Republican activists have their own reasons for being upset — that the Republican nominee simply does not support positions anywhere near in line with those of rank and file, main stream Republican voters.

Of course, our concern centers around the forced unionism card check bill and Right to Work issue that simply guarantees a worker the right to decide whether they will join and support a labor union.

The most pressing issue right now though is the Card Check Forced unionism bill, S.B. 560, that is pending in the congress right now!

The bill would eliminate the secret ballot, force workers to accept mandatory binding arbitration, and give broad new power over workers to Big Labor.

The Republican nominee in New York 23, Dede Scozaffava, is simply as wrong as can be on this issue.  She answered the AFLCIO’s questions by indicating her support for Card Check.

Unfortunately, that’s been a habitual pattern with Dede Scozzafava. As a New York Assemblywoman, Dede Scozzafava voted to impose binding arbitration on public employees, stripping workers of the right to vote on their own contracts.

But she didn’t stop there.

Dede Scozzafava also voted for “Card Check” to strip certain New York healthcare workers of the right to vote in a secret ballot election.

So why would any opponent of Card Check support Dede Scozaffava?

That’s a good question, and it’s exactly the question you should ask Newt Gingrich.

You see, all this year Newt Gingrich has been claiming the fight against Card Check as one of the biggest issues for his group, American Solutions.  You’ve probably received emails from him asking for money to fight the card check bill.

I think it’s pretty brazen for someone to raise money to fight card check, and then endorse candidates that will go to Washington and vote for this forced unionism power grab.

But that is exactly what’s happening here.

You would think Newt Gingrich would have learned his lessons.  Personal issues aside, the main reason Newt left the House after losing the support of his colleagues was simple – he tried to run issueless campaigns and supported too many so-called “Republicans” who were on the wrong side of key issues like Card Check.

After Newt felt a lot of heat from Right to Work supporters back then for failing to move a National Right to Work law, he replied that he didn’t need to hold votes on issues like Right to Work, because “We have Monica Lewinsky.”  Again, party and power over principles, and that cost him the Speaker’s chair.

So I ask you today — are you sick of politicians – even retired ones – who simply don’t back up their words with their actions?

I know I am.

So please, contact Newt Gingrich today at (202) 828-6025.  Tell him to apologize for his support for Big Labor Republican Dede Scozaffava.  Tell him you’re sick of So-called leaders who say one thing and then do another.

Tell him it’s about issues and principles, not whether or not the candidate has an “R” next to his or her name.

Sincerely,

Mark Mix
President

October 28, 2009 Posted by | Card Check | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Latest Poll Shows Conservative Ahead in NY-23

Since November, many have called for the Republican Party to turn back to its conservative principles.  Though a few have hypothesized the 2008 trouncing of the GOP was due to the party standing too far to the right, conservative Americans refute those who believe a Republican resurgence can only happen if the GOP tries harder to emulate Democrats.

And conservatives now make up a plurality of American citizens!

Reports here and elsewhere of Republican leaders’ failure to understand the key to a Republican renewal continue to fall on the deaf ears of party elites who endorsed the definition of a RINO (Republican in Name Only) in New York’s 23rd Congressional District, Dede Scozzafava.

But some high profile conservatives are listening, and responding.  Michele Bachmann, Tim Pawlenty, Jim Demint, and Sarah Palin are just a few who have rebuked the Republican Party nobility who can’t seem to understand Americans don’t want any Republican elected, they want conservative Republicans elected.  Though the RINO aristocrats of the GOP nominated the Democratic dream candidate Scozzafava and stabbed the true conservative candidate Doug Hoffman in the back, these and other conservative heavyweights have now cast their lots with Hoffman on the 3rd party Conservative ticket.

Now the latest poll is showing what conservatives knew, and the GOP aristocracy ignored, all along.  Hoffman now leads both Scozzafava and her Democratic challenger, Bill Owens.  In fact, over the course of the last month Owen’s support has remained mostly steady, while liberal Scozzafava and conservative Hoffman have traded poll numbers.  This time last month, a Siena poll had Scozzafava leading with 35, Owens with 28, and Hoffman at 16.  Now a Minuteman/Neighborhood poll has Hoffman leading with 34, Owens at 28, and liberal Scozzafava falling fast at 14.

The GOP brass better get it figured out in a hurry.  The people are coming out to elect conservatives, in cooperation with, or in spite of the Republican Party!

October 27, 2009 Posted by | Conservatism | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment