Friday, October 16, 2009

ny's 23rd cd: let's go with plan c


Today's front page of the Wall Street Journal had an article featuring New York's 23rd Congressional District race. The only Congressional race to be decided this November 3rd.

The Republican party is spending a quarter of a million dollars for ads labeling Democrat candidate Bill Owens as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's "gift" to upstate New York.

The problem is that Republican candidate Dede Scozzafava is upstate New York's gift to Nancy Pelosi.

Scozzafava's votes in the NYS Assembly earned her a Conservative Party rating of only 15, the most liberal rating of any Assembly Republican -- even more liberal than the average Assembly Democrat in a very liberal state. She supports gay marriage, is very pro-abortion, and supported the Pelosi-Obama fiscal stimulus package. (To her credit, Scozzafava has always been quite open about her views.) She never voted against a Democrat-designed NYS budget until this year. That was only after she started running for Congress.

So the Republicans nominated their most liberal state legislator to run for Congress in New York's most conservative district.

For voters in the 23rd who do not want a Pelosi supporter representing them in Congress, there is a third option, Plan C: Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman. Some claim a third party candidate can't win and could spoil Scozzafava's chances -- as if that is really much of a downside risk.

The photo I found above happens to have the candidates in my order of my preference: Conservative Doug Hoffman, Democrat Bill Owens, and Republican Dede Scozzafava.

RB

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