D.C. looking to Long Island’s Special Election for New York’s 23rd Congressional District. CQPolitics.com writers Emily Cadei and Jackie Kucinich write about the three-way race in the special election to replace the new Army Secretary that previously held the seat.
The focus of the story is that Republican selection of the liberal-leaning Dede Scozzafava has formed a split, which could become a schism in the Republican party. Many conservatives were worried about about Scozzafava’s stances, and that is why Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman is getting traction.
Hoffman, who ran for the Republican nomination, is getting support according to the article from, “Citizens United, New York State Right to Life PAC, Susan B. Anthony List and Gary Bauer, chairman of the Campaign for Working Families PAC.” Other people and groups have publicly backed Hoffman including the “Club For Growth” and former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson.
With all of this support for Hoffman, Scozzafava is getting support from across the nation. Scozzafava’s campaign told the writers, “that former Govs. Bill Weld of Massachusetts and Christine Todd Whitman of New Jersey — two leading moderate Republican voices from the Northeast — will be headlining a New York City fundraiser for Scozzafava, along with new state party Chairman Ed Cox and New York County Chairwoman Jennifer Saul.”
But with all of this battling on the right, Democrats are smelling blood in the water. President Barack Obama will hold a fundraiser for Democratic candidate Bill Owens on October 20th.