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Just minutes from my old home town in NY-24, State Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava (R-NY) found herself at the center of a remarkable political brawl between the Democratic, Republican, and Conservative Parties, in Congressional district NY-23.
Scozzafava, then the floor leader and Minority Leader Pro Temp in
the New York State Assembly, has represented Lewis, Oswego, St. Lawrence, and Jefferson counties for 10 years. She was the Republican candidate in a district that hasn’t been represented by a Democrat since the Civil War. She had a comfortable lead in the race in September, at which point the
unknown and inarticulate Conservative candidate started garnering attention, and things took a dramatic turn. Gingrich, Palin, and Biden got involved on different sides.
The tireless Roy Edroso carefully charted Scozzafava’s course from certain frontrunner to maligned by half her party, to a surprise suspension of her campaign and endorsement of her Democratic opponent the weekend before the election.
My only addition to Roy’s coverage: everyone, on both sides of the aisle, keeps misspelling Scozzafava’s fine name. Scozafaba, Scazzafova, Scozzaua, even Judy. That’s just wrong, people. The great thing about the Internet is that noone ever needs an excuse to screw up proper names again.
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