As The Thirds predicted, the Dede Scozzafava campaign calling police on a reporter may have completely imploded her campaign.
Now four conservative voices are calling for liberal-leaning Republican Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava to withdraw from the special election in New York’s 23rd Congressional District. That means Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman is probably going to get even more support and possibly vault him into first place in the race. Leaked internal polls show the Scozzafava has fallen to third place in the race.
So what are they saying?
National Review on-line: “It's not just bad taste, or stupid, or silly for Scozzafava to call the cops, hoping they'll shoo away a reporter who is asking her questions she doesn't want to answer. It is, depending on the discretion of the prosecutor, a potential crime. Cops who respond to false claims of crimes can't be elsewhere, where perhaps real crimes are being committed. The maximum penalty for a class A misdemeanor is one year in jail. Should Dede Scozzafava or her husband go behind bars for this? Probably not, but she ought to have the decency to withdraw from the race for Congress.”
Washington Times: “Police state tactics are inexcusable, and the media in general, along with all who cherish constitutional checks on abuse of the police power, ought to fight such tactics and defend fellow journalists/bloggers from them. Ms. Scozzafava should stand down.”
Washington Examiner: “So Scozzafava’s campaign called the cops on McCormack, then falsely claimed the reporter had screamed at the candidate… Scozzafava - whose claim to be a Republican is undermined by her support of Card Check and her previous endorsement by ACORN’s far left Working Families Party - should withdraw from the special election campaign for New York’s 23rd congressional district.”
Red State: “Her recent behavior indicates a candidate who has lost control of the message, the campaign, and any chance of winning… we strongly believe Dede Scozzafava should withdraw from the race and throw her support to Doug Hoffman. It is objective fact that Scozzafava is in third place in the race.”