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Scozzafava Out

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 2:21 pm

Hot Air has the details. Apparently she quit the race after a particularly bad poll. It is not clear to me whether she threw her support to Hoffman or not.

Good news or bad news? Well . . . turns out her supporters like the Democrat better.

Maybe at least the GOP can get behind Hoffman now?

30 Responses to “Scozzafava Out”

  1. I normally don’t like Chris Matthews, but here is a good video of him trying to get a straight answer out of Michael Long, chairman of the Conservative Party. Not all of you will like this.

    carlitos (030057)

  2. Care to take bets on whether Scozzafava got a post-election job offer (but only if she drops out now) from a Democrat with ties to the White House?

    DRJ (dff2ca)

  3. According to this recent poll, Scozzafava’s 20% support from all voters in the 23rd District also breaks down to:

    11% of the Democrats
    29% of the Republicans
    15% of the Independents

    Roughly half of her dwindling support was from Republicans. Where do you think they are going to go?

    Official Internet Data Office (a2b4a2)

  4. I wondered whether this would benefit Owens. My logic was that Hoffman had already taken all the conservative support from Dede, and so she was actually a spoiler for Owens, not a spoiler for Hoffman.

    Steven Den Beste (99cfa1)

  5. Last I heard, she released all of her supporters to do their own things, and has not endorsed anyone.
    Of those numbers that OIDO’s provided, I would imagine that Hoffman will get almost all of the Repubs, and most of the Indies.

    AD - RtR/OS! (a63966)

  6. What Dede needs right now is a big hug. Maybe feets can send her a cupcake, too, with sprinkles on top.

    daleyrocks (718861)

  7. You know, it must have really hurt when Pataki and D’Amato endorsed Hoffman.
    But, why would they back Dede, she was never a conservative.

    AD - RtR/OS! (a63966)

  8. That she didn’t have the grace to endorse Mr. Hoffman shows what a classless and porcine dirty socialist she is at heart I think. Whoever wins, our little country is better off with Dede Scozzawhatever shamed and crushed and defeated and shunned.

    happyfeet (f62c43)

  9. howzat for a cupcake

    happyfeet (f62c43)

  10. Several have made the point that Pataki had a lot to do with the left turn the GOP made in New York the past few years. He seems to have read the handwriting on the wall. Instapundit’s column today includes the theory I sent him that this is a one year election and even losing to the Democrat is no disaster. Now, I think Hoffman can win. The big unknown now is New Jersey where the Democrats seem to be preparing another Minnesota scenario. As Stalin once said, the one who counts the votes is the one that matters most.

    Mike K (2cf494)

  11. Listening to Frank Rich opine on the fortunes of conservatives is…….a bit rich.
    One of the few times he can say something positive about the GOP leadership (Steele, Boehner, Gingrich, etc) is when he’s using them to bash the conservatives he truly despises.
    Now, if we only had the perspective of that insightful Enron advisor….

    AD - RtR/OS! (a63966)

  12. That was actually a very gratifying cupcake. I especially liked the “classless and porcine” part. I can never quite come up with the perfect and pithy pejorative like that.

    Gesundheit (47b0b8)

  13. The left turn in New York?

    It has always been a bastion of liberalism

    Its funny is a 60 to 70% ideologically liberal district – horrors upon horrors that a somewhat mildly liberal Republican was elected state Senator there and was picked by others to run
    for congress

    Lets hope Hoffman wins – but if he keeps ducking interviews and debates – the democrats are going to win this one in a walk

    EricPWJohnson (a90a13)

  14. feets – Nice sprinkles.

    daleyrocks (718861)

  15. Happyfeet

    Nice article

    One of DeDe’s liberal bills

    Damn her to hell!

    A06552 Summary:
    BILL NO A06552

    SAME AS No same as

    SPONSOR Scozzafava



    Rpld S425 sub 4 (b), RPT L

    Repeals the income limitation for the senior citizen enhanced school tax relief
    (STAR) exemption for the 2009-2010 school year and thereafter.


    A06552 Actions:
    BILL NO A06552

    03/06/2009 referred to real property taxation


    A06552 Votes:


    A06552 Memo:

    TITLE OF BILL: An act to repeal paragraph (b) of subdivision 4 of
    section 425 of the real property tax law relating to the income limita-
    tion for senior citizen eligibility for the enhanced school tax relief
    (STAR) exemption

    PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To remove the income requirements for
    the Enhanced STAR exemption


    Section 1 repeals Paragraph (b) of Subdivision 4 of Section 425 of the
    Real Property Tax Law.

    Section 2 makes this law application to Enhanced STAR applications
    received for the 2007-2008 school year and thereafter only.

    Section 3 makes this act effective immediately.

    JUSTIFICATION: The STAR exemption provides millions of homeowners across
    the state with much needed property tax relief. To date, the STAR
    program has saved taxpayers over $3 billion. However, a myriad amount of
    senior homeowners, who are often the taxpayers who feel the real proper-
    ty tax burden the most, fail to meet the strict income requirements
    currently in place for Enhanced STAR eligibility. It is often the case
    that outdated and unfair income amount calculations determine whether or
    not these seniors qualify for the Enhanced STAR benefit. It is only
    right that we remove the income limits so that all seniors will be able
    to enjoy the benefits offered
    through the Enhanced STAR exemption.

    PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2008: A3674 held in Committee on Real Prop-
    erty Taxation 2007: A3674 referred to Committee on Real Property Taxa-
    tion Similar to S.2422 (2005-2006 Not considered).


    This was proposed long before Hughes was asked to serve as secretary of the Army

    And there’s more – but its nice to label her as the enemy when all the things that was important to her to sponsor were well – you make the call

    EricPWJohnson (a90a13)

  16. Good riddance, Dede.

    JD (f46258)

  17. This is the BEST news! This “hill to die on” for Republicans was ALWAYS about the party insiders choosing a liberal and I am not saying a liberal in the mold of say a McCain no a leftist liberal. She supported Card Check the “stimulus” and then of course her social stands were extreme for the Republican party. We of course have someone like Guiliani in the party who is prodeath however he is SMALL GOVERNMENT. If the R’s are going to run liberals they had better run ones who will lower taxes and cut spending and get our deficit right!

    Jaded (2dcf17)

  18. And EPWJ is definitely a Moby, even if he doesn’t realize it.

    John Hitchcock (3fd153)

  19. Trickery! That’s a welfare for codgers bill, Eric. Dede apparently takes dictation straight from the fascist whores at AARP. She’ll not be going to Washington and it’s a lucky lucky thing. Fat adulterous loser hypocrites like Newt Gingrich might be superduper enthusiastic about welfare for codgers but I don’t think it’s in the best interest of our little country. If property taxes are too high they should be lowered for everybody, not targeted to pay off nazi fascists like the AARP. Newt and his precious Scozzahoochie are out of step with America.

    happyfeet (f62c43)

  20. Newt twitters that NY23 voters should vote for Hoffman.

    DRJ (dff2ca)

  21. Good for Newt. After he steered the Titanic into the iceberg and the Titanic sank, he said “Oh, that was an iceberg. My bad.” Cudos to Newt.

    John Hitchcock (3fd153)

  22. Footsie, I call her “Scuzzy Favor.” You can use that if you want. I think it sells (or rents) fairly well.

    John Hitchcock (3fd153)

  23. I know everyone here gets it, but I still want to point out that the issues involved with Dede Scazzawhatever were not about the GOP.

    The MSM, and especially MSNBC, conflate conservatism with the GOP. I really don’t think that they understand that conservatives vote for the GOP as a matter of convenience, not a matter of conviction. At least since Reagan’s term expired.

    Conservative votes go to the GOP because the Democratic Party has nothing conservative to offer. At least the GOP gives occasional lip service.

    If you disagree with me, Gutfield has my answer.

    Ag80 (c46598)

  24. Except, I have relatives — that I like — in California.

    Ag80 (c46598)

  25. Ag80, why bring that Godwin Rule in here like that? You and Greg should be ashamed of each other. I mean, seriously…


    John Hitchcock (3fd153)

  26. JH:

    What? I was simply trying to justify the implication of the inequity of the class society. Can no one give the benefit of the doubt to a Presbyterian in this suburb?


    Ag80 (c46598)

  27. Ag8o – only the presbyopic …

    Alasdair (205079)

  28. Lets hope Hoffman wins – but if he keeps ducking interviews and debates – the democrats are going to win this one in a walk

    Why do we get the feeling that you’d actually prefer that outcome? Gee, can’t imagine why.

    Dmac (a964d5)

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