The former Republican candidate for the 23rd district of New York Dede Scozzafava officially endorsed Bill Owens, the Democratic candidate for the 23rd District of New York. Her endorsement comes after reports that her husband, Ron McDougall, publicly endorsed Mr. Owens earlier today.
Below is the Mr. Owens’s response to Ms. Scozzafava’s endorsement of his campaign, where he goes after not only Mr. Hoffman but also the conservative leaning Club for Growth:
“Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava has been an honorable public servant for years now and I have a tremendous amount of respect for her and her commitment to her principles. While we disagree on certain issues, we share a dedication to serving the best interests of Upstate New York and the Obama administration’s efforts to get our economy back on track. Those interests will always be my highest priority.”
“I remain focused on my campaign. Over the next 4 days I will continue traveling the district to discuss my record of helping create jobs and my plans to continue that work in Congress.”
“Voters have a clear choice on Tuesday: they can elect to go back to the George Bush economic agenda, or they can vote to move forward. Doug Hoffman and the Club for Growth’s extremist agenda won’t do a thing to get our economy moving again. While Doug Hoffman is solely committed to continuing tax cuts for the wealthy which will add $500 billion to the deficit, protecting tax breaks for companies who ship jobs overseas, and privatizing Social Security, I will fight to turn the page on that agenda. I will work to create jobs Upstate to get our economy back on track because that is the type of leadership we need right now in Congress.”
Former Scozzafava spokesman Matt Burns is further distancing himself from Ms. Scozzafava. He told the Washington Times,:
“Dede is entitled to her own opinion, as is everyone, but I obviously disagree with her decision (to support Owens). I am supporting Doug Hoffman, because denying Nancy Pelosi another foot soldier is vital to restoring fiscal responsibility and common sense in Washington.”
Liberal media are saying this election shows a split in the Republican party at large. This race is actually a reflection of the labor union nonsense that has gone on in the the New York State GOP for a number of years. In this case, the unions could have had a puppet like Ms. Scozzafava who would have catered to their liberal political interests.
Moreover, the former congressman of this district, John McHugh, is being painted as a high road moderate. Like Ms. Scozzafava, Mr. McHugh was also led by the labor unions in the district. In fact, he co-sponsored the union beloved card check legislation earlier this year. Mr. Hoffman, on the other hand has been criticized by local media (who endorsed Mr. Owens) for running away from the unions.
This race was about labor politics intertwining themselves into the GOP for too many years in the 23rd District of New York, and Democrats are fearing if they do not have labor friendly individual in a seat that has been Republican since the days of our country’s Civi War, they will have lost a more than just a special election.