OK, I know that I don't usually endorse candidates, esp from another state. But this is an exceptional case, given the battle about health care reform going on right now in Congress.
A little background: New York's 23rd Congressional District was recently vacated when John M. McHugh became the new secretary of the Army. Instead of nominating a solid Pro-life Republican, the local Republican party nominated Assembly member Dede Scozzafava. Some conservatives balked, objecting that her positions (on gay marriage, abortion and spending) are too liberal. She is a supporter of gay marriage as well as abortion. 1 of those who wasn't happy with this betrayal was Doug Hoffman
. He decided to do something about it & sought the Conservative party nomination.
That decision has drawn national attention. Some people have attacked him for creating a situation where a safe Republican seat would go to a Democrat. However there are many of us who feel that her stands make her a Democrat in everything but name only. & that a message has to be sent to not only the state of New York, but the national party that we aren't gonna take it any more. We want candidates who will stand up for the right values, family, protecting life from the 1st moment of life & fiscal as well as moral responsibility. What is going on in NY isn't a fluke. It is going on elsewhere across the USA as well.
Among those endorsing him are the NY Post. Thier explanation for why they did: "That's because the Republican candidate in that race, Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava, is the product of an obscenely corrupt political bargain by GOP bosses that sells out their party -- and New Yorkers generally.
Because of that, and because so many of her positions ill-serve the interests of New York and the nation, The Post today endorses businessman Doug Hoffman, the Conservative Party nominee
. " (Read this endorsement at NYPost.com
A poll was released earlier this week by the Club for Growth. It shows Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman surging into the lead in the special election in New York's 23rd Congressional District.
The poll of 300 likely voters was conducted Oct. 24-25 It shows Hoffman at 31.3%, Democrat Bill Owens at 27%, Republican Dede Scozzafava at 19.7% @ 22% undecided. (The poll's margin of error is plus/minus 5.66%. No information was provided about any of the candidates prior to the ballot question.)
Going into the last few days both volunteers & money is needed to ensure victory. You can donate on his website or through the Susan B. Anthony List
. & if you are free this weekend you can do volunteer work as well, Thomas Peters from American Papist can connect anyone who is free this weekend with pro-life, pro-family organizations on the ground up there who can pay for travel, lodging and daily expenses. Please email him at "thomas dot americanpapist dot com" if you are interested or know someone who might be interested.
& yes, I have donated myself, something I rarely do for elections that don't involve me directly. This is a very important election. & a message has to be sent that Pro-life is the only acceptable stand in Health Care. This is 1 way to do it.