Sarah Palin: Support Doug Hoffman — Hanna’s Mop In Motion Video — Gingrich defends endorsement as ‘practical choice’ — Prelude to Republican fratricide
Historical Fact: In 1970, James Buckley was elected to the U.S. Senate as a member of the Conservative Party of New York, winning 38.7 percent of the vote in a three-way race, and served from 1971 until 1977. To date he has been the only member of his party, and the last member of a third party, elected to the U.S. Senate.
(Hoffman Facebook): Steve Forbes has endorsed our campaign today. He is a person who knows sound economic policy. We should be honored.
Update II: Redstate is reporting:
“…Given the campaign’s propensity to file false police reports against reporters, I have no doubt this was intentionally designed to obfuscate what is going on. On Scozzafava’s disclosures, Pearl Han Productions, LLC is located at 2001 S.E. Sailfish Pt. Blvd. #112, Stuard, NY 34996. There is just one problem. No such place exists.
What does exist, however, is 2001 S.E. Sailfish Pt. Blvd. #112, Stuart, FL 34996, a beautiful ocean front condo. At that address, you’ll find Pearl Han Productions, LLC, incorporated in the State of Florida. (PDF). The person in charge is Pearl Ashcraft, Dede’s sister-in-law.
And if you think all that is too much of a coincidence, or maybe you think the campaign disclosure had just an innocent typo as to the address, consider this fact: Pearl Han Productions, LLC was not incorporated in the State of Florida until after the New York Republican Party made Dede Scozzafava its nominee.
Scozzafava was chosen on August 19, 2009, and eight days later on August 27, 2009, Pearl Han Productions, LLC was filed with the Secretary of State and reviewed a day later by that office…]
Sarah Palin Facebook
The people of the 23rd Congressional District of New York are ready to shake things up, and Doug Hoffman is coming on strong as Election Day approaches! He needs our help now.
The votes of every member of Congress affect every American, so it’s important for all of us to pay attention to this important Congressional campaign in upstate New York. 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.”
The federal government borrows, spends, and prints too much money, while our national debt hits a record high. Government is growing while the private sector is shrinking, and unemployment is on the rise. Doug Hoffman is committed to ending the reckless spending in Washington, D.C. and the massive increase in the size and scope of the federal government. He is also fully committed to supporting our men and women in uniform as they seek to honorably complete their missions overseas.
And 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 who 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.
You can help Doug by visiting his official website below and joining me in supporting his campaign:
– Sarah Palin
The Hill: By Reid Wilson
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) is defending his endorsement of a centrist Republican in New York after the pick landed him in hot water with conservative activists.
Last week, Gingrich became one of a small handful of conservatives who endorsed Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava (R) in her bid to fill Army Secretary John McHugh’s now-vacant House seat. As a result, conservative bloggers said Gingrich had eliminated himself from contention for the GOP’s presidential nomination in 2012.
“My endorsement of Dede Scozzafava in the special election for New York’s 23rd congressional district is a means of regaining a conservative majority in America,” Gingrich wrote in a statement on his website. “Although some of her values do not match my own, Scozzafava will help us in our efforts to win back Congress.”
House GOP strategists are privately, but visibly, frustrated with Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman’s candidacy. Recent public polls have showed Hoffman rising at Scozzafava’s expense, raising fears that the Republican base will be split enough to hand the seat to attorney Bill Owens (D).
As a prelude to the 1994 elections, in which Gingrich’s Contract with America helped propel Republicans to a majority in the House for the first time in 40 years, several centrist Republicans won elections in 1993, including Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman and New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
Now, Gingrich says, Republicans face a similar choice: Elect centrist Republicans, or hand a victory to Democrats — a loss for the GOP that could have an impact on recruiting in advance of the 2010 elections.
“The choice in New York is a practical one: We can split the conservative vote and guarantee the election of a Democrat in a Republican seat in a substantial loss of opportunity. Or we can find a way to elect someone who has committed to vote for the Republican leader, has committed to vote against all tax increases, has committed to vote against cap-and-trade, and is a strong ally of the NRA,” Gingrich wrote.
“My number one interest is to build a Republican majority. If your interest is taking power back from the Left, and your interest is winning the necessary elections, then there are times when you have to put together a coalition that has disagreement within it,” he added.
In an appearance on Laura Ingraham’s radio show on Thursday, Gingrich lambasted conservative groups outside the district for aiding Hoffman, who finished far down the roster when Republican Party chairmen in New York picked Scozzafava.
“I’d hate to see a split that gives that seat to the Democrats,” Gingrich said on Ingraham’s show. “We’ll have a real chance to make 2010 and 2012 historic years, but we’re not going to do it if our primary job is fighting ourselves.”
Gingrich is not the only Republican to take heat for backing Scozzafava over Hoffman. After House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence (R-Ind.) pointedly refused to endorse Scozzafava, National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas) asked Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), a leading conservative, to endorse her.
Hensarling’s endorsement won headlines, but conservative activists attacked him for the pick. Hensarling has refused to comment, repeatedly declining interview requests on the matter…]
With Love – Newt
Prelude to Republican fratricide
GOP candidates in New York and New Jersey should be cruising to victory this November. But angry conservatives would rather hand power to Democrats than help moderate Republicans win.
At the beginning of the summer, most observers expected Republicans to win all three of the big elections on Nov. 3. Two weeks out, it suddenly looks very possible that Republicans will win only one: the Virginia governor’s race. The other two will be lost—not to superior Democratic organizing and messaging, but to the GOP’s own divisions.
By all rights, the special election in New York’s 23rd Congressional District should be a Republican cakewalk. Stretching across the hunting and fishing towns along the Great Lakes and Canadian border, the district contains Fort Drum, base of the 10th Mountain division, and re-elected its Republican congressman in the disaster years of 2006 and 2008 by margins of 60-plus percent.
Yet polls show the Republican candidate in serious trouble. State Republican Party leaders prevented an open primary race and instead engineered the nomination of one of their own, moderate, pro-choice Assemblywoman Deirdre Scozzafava…
What lessons will Republicans draw? You might think that the impending defeats in New York and New Jersey would drive home the need to broaden the Republican coalition. A candidate like Hoffman would have been the better candidate for New York’s 23rd CD; a candidate like Daggett the better candidate for suburban New Jersey. Republicans have to find ways to accommodate both types of candidates and both kinds of constituencies.
But the risk is that the party will draw a very different conclusion. From the New York experience, Republicans will be tempted to draw the lesson: Always nominate the more conservative candidate. From New Jersey: We need to drive pro-environmental fiscal moderates out of our party and into the Democratic Party where they belong!
And if the Republicans pick up an Arkansas Senate seat and a dozen blue-dog Democratic House seats in 2010, you can see this “tea party” mentality taking strong hold of the GOP in the run-up to 2012…]
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