DeDe Scozzafava, a New York Republican, dropped out of her bid for the U.S. House from New York’s 23rd district and endorsed her Democrat opponent, David Owens. Assemblywoman Scozzafava’s ex-campaign manager endorsed Hoffman.
Republican Burns took a stab at defending Scozzafava’s “capable” legislating, but said he disagrees with her decision to back Democrat Owens:
I am supporting Doug Hoffman, because denying Nancy Pelosi another foot soldier is vital to restoring fiscal responsibility and common sense in Washington.
Mr. Burns said he agreed with Newt Gingrich:
…the party needs to recruit both moderates and conservatives if it
expects to pick up seats in ’10. He said he agrees with
ex-Speaker/ex-Scozzafava backer Newt Gingrich (R)
that the party needs to find candidates that fit their districts.
Burns: “Otherwise, it’s going to be tough to take back the House.”
Perhaps Burns didn’t hear the latest from Newt:
The age of party leaders picking people is over.
This is both a tribute to the power of the
national conservative movement to define an issue and a commentary on
the populist anger against politics-as-usual.
Burns did the right thing. Scozzafava was not statesman-like, and Doug Hoffman is the only conservative who has run in this race, or is running in this race.