The Washington Times - November 1, 2009, 10:59AM

Republican New York Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava’s bow out of New York’s 23rd District special election race may not have have been executed so graciously after all. The Watertown Daily Times in their endorsement for Democrat Bill Owewns reports today (h/t Michael Patrick Leahy):

In her statement Saturday morning, the assemblywoman explained the reasons behind her decision: “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.”

During the day Saturday, she began to quietly and thoughtfully encourage her supporters to vote for Democrat William L. Owens.

Ms. Scozzafava finished a distant third in the latest Siena Research Institute poll with 20 percent support of likely voters. Her opponents, Mr. Owens and Conservative Douglas L. Hoffman, garnered 36 percent and 35 percent respectively.


Former Scozzafava campaign spokesman Matt Burns seems to distance himself from Ms. Scozzafava’s latest reported actions. He sent the Washington Times Water Coooler the following statement:

“As of yesterday, I am no longer affiliated with the campaign. Dede knows the most about the district and would have represented it well in Congress, but I am not familiar with her current thinking or decision-making.”

Local Republican Watertown activist, Jeremiah Maxon who is helping the Hoffman campaign had not read the news reports yet, but was not surprised by the news,:

“Knowing who her husband is and his role in organized labor in the area, it wouldn’t surprise me. I would find this very outrageous.”

Ms. Scozzafava has yet to release a statement on the Watertown report. The New York State GOP has a real issue here on its hands. A Republican Assemblywoman may be backing the Democrat candidate behind closed  doors. Christopher Cox is the new New York State GOP.  Chairman Cox, it is your duty to start stamping out behavior that Ms. Scozzafava is apparently displaying. Show you are different than the former state chairmen who have torpedoed New York’s GOP into the ground.