The media is going ballistic over Dede Scozzafava’s endorsement of Democrat Bill Owens. Scozzafava, the one-time Republican candidate for NY District 23 who was actually endorsed by Newt Gingrich, dropped out of the race yesterday after losing support to Conservative Doug Hoffman.
I really don’t see the big deal here. Scozzafava’s record mirrors that of many Democrats and her ties to ACORN have been all over the news. (though doubtful if many mainstream media outlets discussed this) So it’s only logical that she endorse the Democrat since she’s a RINO. (Republican In Name Only – which, sadly enough, can be said for many elected Republicans these days)
Scozzafava’s endorsement from the Watertown Daily Times:
I want to thank you for your support and friendship. Over the past 24 hours, I have had encouraging words sent to my family and me. Many of you have asked me whom you should support on Tuesday.
Since announcing the suspension of my campaign, I have thought long and hard about what is best for the people of this District, and how to answer your questions. This is not a decision that I have made lightly.
You know me, and throughout my career, I have been always been an independent voice for the people I represent. I have stood for our honest principles, and a truthful discussion of the issues, even when it cost me personally and politically. Since beginning my campaign, I have told you that this election is not about me; it’s about the people of this District.
It is in this spirit that I am writing to let you know I am supporting Bill Owens for Congress and urge you to do the same.
It’s not in the cards for me to be your representative, but I strongly believe Bill is the only candidate who can build upon John McHugh’s lasting legacy in the U.S. Congress. John and I worked together on the expansion of Fort Drum and I know how important that base is to the economy of this region. I am confident that Bill will be able to provide the leadership and continuity of support to Drum Country just as John did during his tenure in Congress.
In Bill Owens, I see a sense of duty and integrity that will guide him beyond political partisanship. He will be an independent voice devoted to doing what is right for New York. Bill understands this district and its people, and when he represents us in Congress he will put our interests first.
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.
Tuesday’s election should be interesting.