Sunday, November 1, 2009
Republican Dede Scozzafava, who suspended her campaign yesterday in the New York 23rd Congressional District, has endorsed Democrat Bill Owens.
Please join me in voting for Bill Owens on Tuesday. To address the tough challenges ahead, we must rise above partisanship and politics and work together. There's too much at stake in this election to do otherwise.
Read the entire statement here:
Until this endorsement, it appeared she was acting honorably, willing to step aside rather than split the votes with Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman, sacrificially getting out of the way for the benefit of the Party, refusing to allow a Democrat to claim victory in the District.
After all, in her announcement yesterday she said (emphasis added):
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.
Her Party? To which Party is she referring? A mere one day after those words, the Republican in Name Only throws her support behind Democrat Bill Owens.
Apparently, she wasn't being quite so honorable after all; she was simply being who her record shows her to be: a liberal professing to be a proud Republican.
But isn't that what Governor Palin had already told us in her endorsement of Doug Hoffman (emphasis added)?
Political parties must stand for something. When Republicans were in the wilderness in the late 1970s, Ronald Reagan knew that the doctrine of "blurring the lines" between parties was not an appropriate way to win elections. Unfortunately, the Republican Party today has decided to choose a candidate who more than blurs the lines, and there is no real difference between the Democrat and the Republican in this race.
Yes, Governor Palin called it right.
The following is from Mel at C4P:
Update by Mel: (Via Hot Air) Hotline On Call says that Scozzafava's now ex-campaign manager, Matt Burns, is backing Doug Hoffman:"Dede is entitled to her own opinion, as is everyone, but I obviously disagree with her decision," Burns told us today, a day after leaving the campaign. "I am supporting Doug Hoffman, because denying Nancy Pelosi another foot soldier is vital to restoring fiscal responsibility and common sense in Washington."