The Chairman of the New York Conservative Party Michael Long is, “reluctantly call(ing) for a moratorium on any financial contributions to the NRCC until that organization ceases support for Assemblywoman Scozzafava and clarifies its plans for candidate recruitment and support going forward.”
He makes his argument in a memo to “Conservative leaders”. His concern is the National Republican Congressional Committee selection of Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava to run for the 23rd Congressional District special election, and how the selection was made.
He writes, “Assemblywoman Scozzafava wasn’t picked by the voters. Party bosses selected her, reportedly with the guidance and direction of the NRCC… (Scozzafava is) another Arlen Specter-style liberal Republican… Some think the way to win elections is to mimic the Democrats, to offer the voters “liberal-lite” in hopes of finding accommodation with the Democrats and success at the polls… the NRCC is test marketing a campaign message blurring the differences between the parties in instead principled opposition.”
He ends the memo saying, “There are great opportunities ahead for the Republicans in Congress. Those opportunites cannot be squandered by political miscalculations and a lack of faith in the central values of the Republican Party.”
The Conservative Party is backing their candidate Doug Hoffman in the special election. Hoffman was a candidate for the Republican nod in the race, but was not selected.