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What does this mean for the GOP?

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who’d previously warned that backing Hoffman in the NY-23 House race amounted to a “purge” of the GOP, told POLITICO Saturday morning that he was now endorsing the conservative, "and believe[s] everyone who wants to create jobs with lower taxes and to control spending and deficits should vote for Hoffman Tuesday."

The National Republican Congressional Committee, which had slammed the Conservative contender in a seemingly endless series of press releases, declared that they too now “look forward to welcoming Doug Hoffman into the House Republican Conference as we work together for the good of our nation.”

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, who said in recent weeks that he was standing by Scozzafava, announced that “effective immediately, the RNC will endorse and support the conservative candidate in the race, Doug Hoffman,”

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Asked by Anonymous at 4:09 PM on Oct. 31, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Former Arkansas gov. and 2012 GOP hopeful Mike Huckabee — who alienated many conservative backers of his 2008 White House bid by conspicuously declining to throw his support behind Hoffman — followed with a muted statement, written in the third person and signed Huck PAC: "We commend Dede Scozzafava for stepping aside and in light of her very unselfish announcement, we join the RNC and other Republicans in urging support for Doug Hoffman."

    Saturday’s rush caps a week of late-in-the-race Hoffman endorsements from establishment Republicans seizing the chance to score points with conservative purists, and back a winner at the same time.

    While Hoffman’s early supporters cast their endorsements as a decision to place principle above party, for many – especially those seeking higher office – the conservative vs. moderate proxy battle provided a low-risk opportunity to back a candidate surging in the polls

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:10 PM on Oct. 31, 2009

  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry, facing a heated challenge from Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, declared in an e-mail to his supporters this week, “Electing Doug Hoffman will send a clear message that cannot be denied: conservatives must stand on principle.”

    Oklahoma Rep. Mary Fallin, competing for the GOP nod in her run for governor, wrote Hoffman this week that his campaign, “has reminded Americans everywhere that principles come before party affiliation.”

    In his Hoffman endorsement, Kansas Rep. Todd Tiahrt, engaged in a heated Senate GOP primary against fellow Rep. Jerry Moran, announced, “The Republican Party is either going to return to the party of fiscal responsibility and consistent conservative principles as it was under Ronald Reagan or it will continue down the path of ‘sporadic moderation.’”

    Not to be outdone, Moran gave Hoffman his seal of approval a day later.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:11 PM on Oct. 31, 2009

  • “It’s all about self-interest in most cases,” explained University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato. “NY-23 has become a powerful symbol for the right, and any candidate who is trying to stay out is finding neutrality to be as difficult as nation-states did in World War II.”

    Sabato compared the party’s backlash to its own nominee to the early 1990s response to David Duke’s runs, when Republicans in Louisiana and nationally turned their back on the white supremacist.

    “This is the most remarkable aspect of the entire contest,” Sabato said. “There is a national footrace by elected Republican officials and candidates to abandon the official GOP congressional nominee.”

    “Everyone is trying to use their endorsements for political purposes,” added Carl Forti, a veteran GOP operative who has upstate New York ties. “It’s like, wh

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:11 PM on Oct. 31, 2009

  • I don't care about the GOP. Haven't for many many years now. Btw~I support Hoffman.

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 4:18 PM on Oct. 31, 2009

  • I don't care... They can change their minds all they want. Hoffman is the better choice imo.

    Answer by Crissy1213 at 5:06 PM on Oct. 31, 2009

  • I agree Hoffman is the best man for position.

    Answer by WhoCares224 at 9:00 PM on Oct. 31, 2009

  • It means that don't have any conviction behind what they say. At least not the ones quoted here.

    As with every other politician, they will jump on whatever bandwagon they think will WIN


    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 9:56 PM on Oct. 31, 2009

  • For the GOP as a whole...I think they've been getting the message loud and clear all year:

    "Get back to your conservative roots, or we will replace you with people who are."

    --- In my own state we have a congressman who beat out an incumbent in the Republican primary (which almost never happens) because the new guy was a true conservative and the incumbent was a RINO.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:40 PM on Oct. 31, 2009

  • Well, after the candidate he was backing dropped out, he shifted his support to one of the remaining two candidates. He chose the conservative. It happened in the presidential race. As candidates dropped out, the support moved to another candidate. Hillary told her backers to back BO. Nothing new, nothings strange and not a real big deal.

    Answer by jesse123456 at 8:18 AM on Nov. 1, 2009

  • Thats what you are supposed to do. Well, what you should do anyway. It doesn't really mean anything except that they know they can't really back the other guy.
    Thats what happens when we are electing President or any other politician. Kinda like taking one for the team. These Republicans need to know that we are standing firm, those of us who prefer a real conservative to a Rhino. I have already written several who backed her to show my disappointment. I hope others are also.

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 7:18 PM on Nov. 1, 2009

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