Palin Says GOP Not Right-Wing Enough, Endorses Hoffman NY-23

October 23, 2009

(ChattahBox)—In a move that’s a bad sign for the increasingly shrinking Republican Party, Sarah Palin joined other prominent right-wing Republicans yesterday in breaking ranks with the GOP to support a third-party candidate for congress in New York’s 23d District. In a post on her Facebook page, Palin publicly supported the Conservative Party candidate, Doug Hoffman over the Republican candidate Dede Scozzafava, because Scozzafava was not right-wing enough.

Joining fellow Republicans, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), former Sen. Fred Thompson and former Congressman Dick Armey in endorsing Hoffman in the special election, Palin urged her supporters to contribute to Hoffman’s campaign. The special election was called to replace Rep. John McHugh, whom Obama appointed as secretary of the Army.

In her Facebook statement, Palin praised Hoffman for his genuine Republican principles, while directing hits towards the GOP:

“I am very pleased to announce my support for Doug Hoffman in his fight to be the next Representative from New York’s 23rd Congressional district. It’s my honor to endorse Doug and to do what I can to help him win, including having my political action committee, SarahPAC, donate to his campaign the maximum contribution allowed by law. Our nation is at a crossroads, and this is once again a ‘time for choosing.’”

“Best of all, Doug Hoffman has not been anointed by any political machine. Doug Hoffman stands for the principles that all Republicans should share: smaller government, lower taxes, strong national defense, and a commitment to individual liberty.”

“Political parties must stand for something. When Republicans were in the wilderness in the late 1970s, Ronald Reagan knew that the doctrine of ‘blurring the lines’ between parties was not an appropriate way to win elections.”

“Unfortunately, the Republican Party today has decided to choose a candidate that more than blurs the lines, and there is no real difference between the Democrat and the Republican in this race. This is why Doug Hoffman is running on the Conservative Party’s ticket. Republicans and conservatives around the country are sending an important message to the Republican establishment in their outstanding grassroots support for Doug Hoffman: no more politics as usual.”

Many Republicans have expressed similar sentiments that the GOP backed candidate is not sufficiently conservative to garner the support of today’s Republican Party that is dominated by right-wing ideology.

Ironically, New York’s 23d district has long been a shoo-in for Republicans, but the division in the current election may propel Bill Owens, the Democratic candidate into office.

This will be an interesting race to watch. And it certainly has implications for the future of the Republican Party, as it continues to become an unwelcoming place for moderates.


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