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N.Y. Special Election Has Far-Reaching Consequences

Thursday, 29 Oct 2009 02:42 PM

By Richard Viguerie & Steve Allen

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The GOP party bosses are trying to stop a conservative from going to Congress.

In the Nov. 3 special election in New York’s 23rd Congressional District (in the northeastern part of the state, which includes Watertown), there is a three-way race to succeed Congressman John McHugh, who resigned to become secretary of the Army in the Obama administration.

The candidates are Democrat Bill Owens; Dede Scozzafava, a Republican who is more liberal than Owens; and Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman.

Republican Party leaders are supposed to represent the interests and values of grass-roots Republicans. But, in upcoming election, some GOP officials are campaigning for the left-wing Republican in name only (RINO) Dede Scozzafava, who's been backed in previous elections by ACORN's political party arm, the Working Families Party.

As a member of the New York Assembly, Scozzafava compiled a voting record to the left of most Democrats in the legislature, including votes for multiple tax increases.

Even though no Republicans in the House voted for Obama’s stimulus bill, Scozzafava says she would have. She is an advocate of the card check legislation to eliminate the secret ballot in union certification elections, effectively forcing people to support left-wing unions against their will.

According to the left-wing Daily Kos, Scozzafava is "to the left of most Democrats on social issues," including same-sex marriage. LifeNews.com reports that “much of her campaign's funding has come from pro-abortion groups.”

The National Republican Congressional Committee has given Scozzafava hundreds of thousands of dollars raised overwhelmingly from conservatives.

That's right: After using conservative issues and conservative language to raise money from conservatives, they're putting that money behind an ACORN-type liberal.

That's immoral. And it's politically disastrous.

Scozzafava's campaign is collapsing, and she's likely to come in third among three candidates. Yet there's a very good chance that she could pull just enough votes away from conservative Doug Hoffman to allow the liberal Democrat to win with less than 40 percent.

Hoffman has been endorsed by conservatives like Sarah Palin, Michelle Malkin, Sean Hannity, Fred Thompson, Rick Santorum, Dick Armey, Michele Bachmann, Steve Forbes, Mark Levin, Jim DeMint, Dana Rohrabacher, Todd Tiahrt, Tom Cole . . . by the Club for Growth and the American Conservative Union . . . and by The Washington Times, National Review, and The Wall Street Journal editorial page.

The special election next week will be reported widely as a referendum on President Obama's policies. It will be seen as a bellwether.

If the Democrats capture a previously solid Republican seat in Congress, it will set off liberal celebrations from coast to coast.

The media will tout it as proof that the GOP is dead and Obama’s polices are what the people want. And, of course, Nancy Pelosi will have one more vote she can count on for her entire ultra-liberal agenda.

But if Scozzafava wins, there is actually an even worse scenario: The media will conclude that that only way for Republicans to win is to be even more liberal than the Democrats.

However, if Hoffman wins, not only will we have a principled conservative in the House, it could shake things up in Washington, D.C. If a conservative candidate can beat both the Republican and Democratic candidates, every member of Congress will sit up and take notice.

This could have a dramatic effect on many issues, especially Obamacare.

Richard Viguerie, who pioneered the use of direct mail in politics, has been called "one of the creators of the modern conservative movement" by The Nation magazine. Dr. Allen, a journalist and political analyst, is the creator of the satirical comic strip "The Gentleman from Lickskillet."

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