With her career in elected office soon to give way to a new avenue in state government, Assemblywoman Diedre Scozzafava has bought an advertisement on Newzjunky to thank voters for her career as Mayor of Gouverneur and Member of the NY Assembly.
DeDe was a media darling and a popular political icon, especially among female voters....but her political career unraveled in 2009 when she assumed that her popularity meant it was her turn to be Member of Congress...a natural succession fortified by county GOP chairs who dutifully gave her the nomination in a special election with no feel for what the party membership was thinking. The result was a brutal internecine battle with Conservative Party nominee Doug Hoffman that toppled Scozzafava's candidacy and drove her into the waiting arms of June O'Neill and Rep. Steve Israel, who talked her into ditching her campaign and backing Bill Owens. The move worked.. Owens won, but Scozzafava has left scorched earth in the GOP and now she awaits a lifeline from the Cuomo administration.
Assemblywoman Scozzafava did represent well the mood of the community she came from, but reached too far and didn't realize national politics is laced with partisanship and idealogical litmus tests not faced in the down home Republican politics that led to her rise.
We wish her well.
Thank You Northern New York