Saturday, October 31, 2009

The conservative CPA trumps the RINO

It seems that Dede Scozzafava, the RINO candidate whom for some reason the local GOP had chosen as their candidate in the special election in NY-23, has dropped out. Within a month, the grassroots support for the Conservative candidate, Doug Hoffman, has been steadily climbing while she's been falling like a stone. It was becoming a two-man race between Hoffman and the Democratic candidate, Bill Owens, with Scozzafava serving as a spoiler to the third-party candidate. She read the tea leaves in her sinking poll number and dropped out.

What was amazing was that the Republican county leaders, facing a GOP district, felt that they had to pick Scozzafava for their candidate. She isn't even a moderate, she's basically a Democrat. In fact, she was the most liberal candidate of the three. It's one thing to pick a RINO in a liberal-leaning area like Maine. But why pick one in a GOP district. There must be some sort of backstory there that does not augur well for those party leaders.

Besides Scozzafava, the big loser in all this is Newt Gingrich who had been going to the mattresses to defend his support for her. Meanwhile, Republicans have been following Sarah Palin's lead and endorsing Hoffman.

Besides the other ideological reasons, I like Hoffman because he's a CPA. Instead of having lawyers being the overwhelming profession of our congressmen, it's time that we have more people with accounting backgrounds in Washington looking over these budgets.