Scozzafava calls cops on reporter who asked her about Card Check — Dick Armey to endorse 3rd party candidate over Republican in NY House race — The Importance of Doug Hoffman — Marco Rubio: I’m Running for Senate Video — Another Conservative Casts His Lot With Rubio — Jeb Bush on Rubio, Obama and running for president — Crist twist: Florida primary tightens
UPDATE: According to NRO: Is Somebody About to Make Doug Hoffman’s Day?
“Don’t take this to the bank, at least not yet. But somebody who seems to be in a position to know what’s coming down the pike in New York’s special election tells me that he’s hearing Sarah Palin will publicly endorse Conservative Doug Hoffman over Republican Dede Scozzafava.”
I donated to Doug Hoffman in New York yesterday and will also donate to Marco Rubio in Florida today. I called the National Republican Senatorial Committee in DC about Rubio and Hoffman and they basically told me to kiss it. The RNC and RCCC are pouring hundreds of thousands of dollars into Scozzafava’s campaign. Money that were donated to support the Republican party platform, and are now being used fraudulently to oppose that very platform. Shame!
I called my Congressman Kingston’s office in DC and was told that he supports Scozzafava. I informed Kingston’s office that they can kiss it! Anybody that voted for TARP bailout, supports Scozzafava or supports any RINO should be removed from office. The RINOs did not learn anything on 9/12 and the Tea Parties are coming for you! I guess the MSM is still covering Balloon Boy and missing another story!
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free”
Washington Examiner – By: Mark Tapscott
John McCormack is a reporter working for The Weekly Standard. Dede Scozzafava is the extremely liberal New York Assemblywoman running as a Republican to succeed Rep. John McHugh from the Empire State’s 23rd congressional district in the upcoming special election.
Scozzafava was speaking at a GOP dinner Monday evening. McCormack was reporting on Scozzafava’s campaign, including her recent pledge to the AFL-CIO to support Big Labor’s top legislative objective, the Card Check proposal – currently stalled in Congress – to abolish the secret ballot in workplace representation elections.
Scozzafava apparently didn’t appreciate being asked about her support of Card Check because after she left and McCormack went to his laptop to file a report on the evening’s event, the police showed up. What happened next is …. well, here’s McCormack’s description:
“Minutes later a police car drove into the parking lot with its lights flashing. Officer Grolman informed me that she was called because ‘there was a little bit of an uncomfortable situation’ and then took down my name, date of birth, and address.
“‘Maybe we do things a little differently here, but you know, persistence in that area, you scared the candidate a little bit,’ Officer Grolman told me. ‘[Scozzafava] got startled, that’s all,’ Officer Grolman added. ‘It’s not like you’re in any trouble.’”
In thug politics, this is what they call “delivering a little message.” You’re not in trouble, this time. Go here for the rest of McCormack’s report on an evening that says everything about why Scozzafava epitomizes the worst symptoms of Republican Disease.
Trail Blazers Blog/The Dallas Morning News: Dave Michaels
The special election to fill New York’s vacant 23rd congressional seat is perhaps the earliest test of the GOP’s chances to reclaim the House in 2010. Yet the GOP candidate, Dede Scozzafava, has struggled to line up Republican support, and has taken a pummeling from conservative groups that assert she’s liberal. The Club for Growth and Eagle Forum, among others, support her opponent, Doug Hoffman, who’s running on the Conservative Party ticket.
Add North Texas’ Dick Armey to the list of conservative stars backing Hoffman. The former House Majority Leader has confirmed to the Hoffman campaign that he’ll spend Thursday with them, said Rob Ryan, a Hoffman spokesman. “He is with us almost all day Thursday,” Ryan told me. “There will be a bunch of different events.” Armey’s endorsement of Hoffman is personal and wasn’t offered on behalf of FreedomWorks, the conservative foundation he chairs.
Armey’s support is a counterpunch to Scozzafava’s latest endorsement, from former Speaker Newt Gingrich. The move is another example of Armey’s willingness to buck his party when he disapproves of the GOP candidate’s conservative credentials. In Florida, for instance, Armey endorsed former state House Speaker Marco Rubio over Gov. Charlie Crist. The two Republicans are vying to replace former Sen. Mel Martinez, who resigned and became a lobbyist (interestingly, Martinez joined the same law firm, DLA Piper, that Armey quit in August, after complaints about his dual role as a lobbyist and grassroots campaigner.)
Armey’s profile is higher than ever, thanks to his leadership of FreedomWorks and outreach to tea party groups. His endorsement of Hoffman is bound to cause headaches for establishment Republicans such as Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Dallas, who chairs the National Republican Congressional Committee and has had to defend his support of Scozzafava to conservative groups. Some Republicans are already worried that tea party activists may lead a revolt against incumbent Republicans who supported last year’s TARP bailout. “We’re not a partisan organization, and I think many Republicans are disappointed we are not,” Armey told Politico recently.
(AP Photo/Steve Helber)
By Jeri Thompson on 10.15.09
So Democrats finally got a Republican to sign on to their health care bill that will saddle Americans taxpayers with more than $2.8 trillion in debt over the next 20 years. Don’t take my word for it. That’s the estimate of the Congressional Budget Office, which also estimates that the plan will add $1.8 trillion in new taxes over the next 20 years, as well as require $1.9 trillion to be pulled from Medicare and other programs.
With a political class in Washington that has set new highs for government spending and regulation, government debt, and a weak dollar that is now increasingly dependent on our “friends” the Chinese, should we be surprised that conservatives are looking for better options than the Republicans in Name Only who are helping dig our nation into what may be the worst period for our economy in more than a half century?
The best example of this is up in the special election to fill the House seat vacated by moderate Republican Rep. John McHugh. Republican Party bosses in upstate New York and the National Republican Congressional Committee may have thought it a good idea to put liberal state Rep. Dede Scozzafava on the Republican line. But as Politico reports, conservatives — and even many Republicans — aren’t eating that dog food. A number of us are invested in the campaign of Doug Hoffman, who is challenging both the Republican and the Democrat in this race, because he represents something lacking in Washington right now: common sense when it comes to fiscal issues and the role of government in our daily lives. The fact that Republican Party leaders in NY-23 and the NRCC ignored just about everything that has taken place over the past six months — the fight over the Obama stimulus package, the tea party rallies, the health care debate — and put Scozzafava on the ballot, indicates that we need more, not less, common sense and conservative values in the Republican Party.
Hoffman represents conservatives’ best chance to send a national message to the Republican Party that they are a force to be reckoned with, and that Hoffman appears to have the energy from the grassroots to pull off a win and help lay the groundwork for a successful 2010 election cycle. As one Hoffman supporter told me yesterday, “The feeling of momentum is palpable. The race is between Doug and the Democrat…we hope Dede won’t be a spoiler for conservatives in this race.”
By John McArdle
While his party leaders have lined up behind Gov. Charlie Crist in Florida’s Republican Senate primary next year, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) announced Monday that he was endorsing former state Speaker Marco Rubio.
“I enthusiastically support Marco Rubio in his campaign for U.S. Senate,” Inhofe said in a statement released Monday afternoon. “Marco is exactly the type of conservative leader Americans need in Washington today fighting for the principles of limited government, individual liberty and personal responsibility.”
In his endorsement, Inhofe also appeared to take an indirect shot at the more moderate Crist for backing President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus plan earlier this year.
“In the Senate, Marco will stand up for America’s taxpayers, not with President Obama and dangerous big government spending,” he said.
While Crist is backed by the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Rubio’s growing list of conservative endorsements includes Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), former Arkansas Gov. and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and Florida GOP Reps. Jeff Miller and Ginny Brown-Waite.
Sarasota Herald-Tribune: By Jeremy Wallace
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush had plenty to say about a whole lot of different issues on Friday when he spoke to the Lakewood Ranch Republican Club.
I’ve already told you about his change of heart on oil drilling and his frustration with Barack Obama blaming his brother’s administration for problems the country is having now.
Here’s more of what he had to say via a video conference link.
On Obama’s foreign policy:
Bush said he’s confused with Obama’s plan to scrap the long range missile defense program in Europe for a different system relying on a network of sensors and interceptor missiles based at sea, on land and in the air.
“I don’t understand the alternative he is proposing,” Bush said.
Bush said America’s relationship with some allies in eastern Europe could be diminished because of the move, which could be seen as a capitulation to the Russians.
He said he’s concerned with Obama’s foreign policy in general.
“I would argue that its creating quite a bit of uncertainty. Uncertainity creates problems. History is a pretty good judge of what is going to happen in future. Friends begin to doubt you and your enemies start to think they can take advantage of you.”
On Senate candidate Marco Rubio:
Asked if he had a favorite in the race between Gov. Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio for the U.S. Senate, Bush said he did not.
“I admire both of them,” Bush said.
But Bush then went on to praise Rubio as having a great life story and is being very articulate. Bush said national party leaders should not be trying to push Crist as aggressively as they have. He said Rubio deserved a fair shot against Crist in a primary.
“I think he should be given a chance. I think that the idea that the national party would pick a winner a year and a half before an election is the wrong way to go.”
On his running for office again:
Bush told the 100 people at the event that he’s focused on “making a living” not running for office.
Bush said he has been happy to travel the nation and promote his education reforms from when he was governor.
“I want to take my experiences and apply them in a place where I have passion, which is making sure children learn; to take conservative principles and apply them in this most important area. So I’m going to focus on education reform.”
On Bill McCollum for governor:
Bush praised Republican candidate for governor Bill McCollum as a person “who I think is a fantastic guy and is worthy of your support.”
Bush said there should be investigations into ACORN.
“This is an incredibly corrupt group of people,” Bush said of ACORN. “They were incredibly active politically and I think corrupt.”
Image by: Matt Mahurin @ Washington Independent
Politico: By ALEX ISENSTADT
Almost from the moment he announced his bid for Florida’s open Senate seat, GOP Gov. Charlie Crist has been the odds-on favorite to win. He has more than $6 million in his campaign bank account, has the support of the national Republican establishment and leads all challengers in the polls.
Nevertheless, a question that once would have been unthinkable is starting to make the rounds — could Charlie Crist lose in the Republican primary?
While Crist still has a comfortable lead against his GOP opponent, former state House Speaker Marco Rubio, there’s mounting evidence that the contest won’t be the cakewalk that many once predicted.
Polling released last week showed a significant deterioration in Crist’s once sky-high approval ratings, with an InsiderAdvantage survey showing his job performance rating dipping below 50 percent.
Meanwhile, Florida political insiders and the state media buzzed about an unreleased recent Chamber of Commerce poll said to show a closer-than-expected primary race.
For his part, Rubio is tapping into conservative grass-roots antipathy toward Crist. He has won nearly a dozen county straw polls across the state — often by landslide margins. In August, he won a Florida Federation of College Republicans poll, and in September, he won several straw polls conducted by local GOP women’s clubs.
Last week, Rubio defeated Crist in a decisive 90-17 vote in Palm Beach County.
“It’s created an appearance of momentum that has gotten people enthusiastic about him,” said Jason Roe, a Republican strategist with Florida ties. “Crist started the campaign with an air of inevitability, and Marco has chipped way at that.”
Rubio’s fundraising has also taken off — he announced earlier this month that his campaign had raised nearly $1 million in the third quarter, a significant boost over his $346,000 second-quarter performance. While Crist, a prolific fundraiser, took in considerably more — $2.4 million — Rubio’s haul was surprising given the expectations of many that his fundraising would dry up in the face of his uphill battle.
“There is definitely a buzz going on,” said Ana Navarro, a longtime Florida Republican fundraiser who is working for Rubio. “There has been a sea change.”
“It’s going to be a race. It’s going to be a dogfight,” said Mike Hanna, a veteran Republican strategist in the state. “It’s going down to the wire and will be a close race.”
“Marco has real momentum,” said Hanna. “People weren’t taking him seriously at first, but that’s changing now.”
Energizing the state’s activist GOP base has been the key to Rubio’s surge. He frames the primary as a battle for the heart and soul of the Republican Party, portraying himself as the real conservative and Crist as a squishy moderate who can’t be trusted.
Sid Dinerstein, chairman of the Palm Beach County Republican Party, called Rubio “the future of the Republican Party.”
“The Republican Party has suffered from Republicans running as Republicans and governing as something else,” said Dinerstein. “If [Crist] is in the Senate, there will be a time he pulls a [Sen.] Olympia Snowe because he doesn’t have any core beliefs.”
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