The Washington Times - November 1, 2009, 07:57PM

Matt Burns, former spokesman for Dede Scozzafava’s defunct campaign for Congress, said his old boss was wrong to endorse Democrat Bill Owens in a conference call with conservative bloggers Sunday evening.

“That is not something I agreed with, henceforth, I’m participating on this call,” Mr. Burns said on a conference call that was arranged by the American Conservative Union political action committee.


“On Tuesday we only have once choice in selecting a candidate who will vote against Nancy Pelosi’s reckless agenda,” he said, speaking in favor of the Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman who he had campaigned against in the three-way race for New York’s 23rd congressional open seat.

Mrs. Scozzafava ended her candidacy on Saturday and then threw her support to the Democrat Owens, adding further fuel to conservative critics who said she was too liberal for the GOP.

Mr. Burns defended his reasons for working for the Scozzafava campaign, largely on grounds “Republicans of all different stripes” were needed in order to regain the majority in Washington, but indicated he wasn’t comfortable with the ire he received from conservative bloggers who called her a “RINO” (Republican in Name Only).

‘That’s not necessarily a position I’d like to find myself in again,” he said.