Pataki endorses Hoffman in NY-23

Redstate has confirmed that former New York governor George Pataki has endorsed Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman. Here's a part of his statement:

Simply put, we cannot afford to give another vote to Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid we cannot afford another vote for higher taxes, we cannot afford another vote for government run health care and we absolutely cannot afford another vote to take away from hard working men and women the right to secret ballot.

That is why tonight, I’m proud to endorse Doug Hoffman, a Republican, running on the Conservative line for Congress in the 23rd Congressional District.

On MSNBC Tuesday, I appeared with Max Blumenthal of the Nation who made the case (along with the hosts) that the blowback against Scozzafava was a sign that the extreme right wing was taking over the party. (Never mind that her willingness to call the police on a young reporter for asking too many questions raises questions about her judgment, or that her campaign lied about it, or that she barely aligns with the party platform anyway.)

Liberals (and some Republicans) have taken to this narrative, as though Scozzafava is just a reasonable moderate being forced out. But there's no more “moderate” a Republican that George Pataki. In 1998, he was endorsed by the New York Times for his “progressive and inclusive attitude.” Towards the end of his term, he became unpopular among conservatives as a consequence of his budget-busting spending habits (John Miller addressed this in a 2005 cover article entitled “The GOP's Pataki Problem”  — digital subscription required, but I found a free one here). Scozzafava has expressed a willingness to fight government-run health care, but as Pataki points out, secret ballots in union elections is an issue on which the union-supported Scozzafava can't be trusted.

Meanwhile Kos has endorsed who he sees as the most liberal candidate — Scozzafava.

Pataki regularly won the district in question as well. So how is this a takeover of the party by the extreme?

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