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BREAKING: Scozzafava Officially Endorses Owens In NY-23

Bill Owens - NY 23 - 2010The Watertown Daily News has the statement from Dede Scozzafava:

Since announcing the suspension of my campaign, I have thought long and hard about what is best for the people of this District, and how to answer your questions. This is not a decision that I have made lightly.

You know me, and throughout my career, I have been always been an independent voice for the people I represent. I have stood for our honest principles, and a truthful discussion of the issues, even when it cost me personally and politically. Since beginning my campaign, I have told you that this election is not about me; it’s about the people of this District.

It is in this spirit that I am writing to let you know I am supporting Bill Owens for Congress and urge you to do the same.

The endorsement touches on local issues like the Fort Drum military base (Hoffman had an infamous run-in with the Watertown Daily News’ editorial board where he seemed lost on local issues) as well as touting Owens as an “independent voice” for the district.

Obviously, some absentee voters have already written in Scozzafava. And her name will still appear on the ballot on Tuesday, meaning that hardcore supporters or low-information voters could still choose her. But Scozzafava’s endorsement of the Democrat, Bill Owens, over Conservative Doug Hoffman certainly gives Owens a huge lift going into the final days.

Owens is a conservative Democrat, but if the GOP goes hard-right and loses a district they’ve held since the Civil War, it would have national significance.

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BREAKING: Scozzafava Officially Endorses Owens In NY-23

The Watertown Daily News has the statement from Dede Scozzafava:

Since announcing the suspension of my campaign, I have thought long and hard about what is best for the people of this District, and how to answer your questions. This is not a decision that I have made lightly.

You know me, and throughout my career, I have been always been an independent voice for the people I represent. I have stood for our honest principles, and a truthful discussion of the issues, even when it cost me personally and politically. Since beginning my campaign, I have told you that this election is not about me; it’s about the people of this District.

It is in this spirit that I am writing to let you know I am supporting Bill Owens for Congress and urge you to do the same.

The endorsement touches on local issues like the Fort Drum military base (Hoffman had an infamous run-in with the Watertown Daily News’ editorial board where he seemed lost on local issues) as well as touting Owens as an “independent voice” for the district.

Obviously, some absentee voters have already written in Scozzafava. And her name will still appear on the ballot on Tuesday, meaning that hardcore supporters or low-information voters could still choose her. But Scozzafava’s endorsement of the Democrat, Bill Owens, over Conservative Doug Hoffman certainly gives Owens a huge lift going into the final days.

Owens is a conservative Democrat, but if the GOP goes hard-right and loses a district they’ve held since the Civil War, it would have national significance.

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