In 2009 Scozzafava, a liberal republican, was chosen in back room deals by republican elites to be the nominee in a special election for the NY-23 seat, bypassing a primary process. Talk radio and Tea Partiers, especially Palin and her drones, were irate and got Hoffman to enter the race, splitting the republican vote and helping the democrat, Owens, to win the seat.
What was Newt's role in this race? He endorsed Scozzafava. Newt was pilloried by the True Conservatives (c) . He defended his endorsement with this statement.
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. We have to decide which business we are in. If we are in the business about feeling good about ourselves while our country gets crushed then I probably made the wrong decision.
Now, in 2012, the Palins have endorsed, either explicitly or implicitly, Newt Gingrich. Two degrees of separation between Palin and Scozzafava. Rich in irony, impoverished in integrity.
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