Scozzafava drops out. When Obama named my Pal Nancy’s old flame, John McHugh of Watertown, NY to be the Secretary of the Army, he freed up a Congressional seat that has gone Republican for the past 120 years and set off a race between a liberal Democrat and a liberal Republican, Dede Scozzafava. Tea Party types objected and got behind the independent candidacy of Doug Hoffman, who promptly started out-polling Ms. Scozzafava. Today, she quit. Rockefeller Republicans, if there are any left, must be choking on their gin and tonics.
Republican Dede Scozzafava has suspended her bid in next Tuesday’s NY 23 special election, a huge development that dramatically shakes up the race. She did not endorse either of her two opponents — Conservative party candidate Doug Hoffman or Democrat Bill Owens.
The decision to suspend her campaign is a boost for Hoffman, who already had the support of 50 percent of GOP voters, according to a newly-released Siena poll, and is now well-positioned to win over the 25 percent of Republicans who had been sticking with Scozzafava.
Scozzafava has “probably made her last campaign appearance between now and Election Day,” spokesman Matt Burns told POLITICO. “She’s releasing her support to the two other candidates.”
“I had a discussion with her last night, and we made the decision after I spoke with her. We talked about it, what this came down to was spending. It came down to the ability to defend herself from the get-go. And that’s the reality. She was unable to define herself where the people didn’t know her.”
POLITICO has the full story on Scozzafava’s surprise decision here.