EDITOR OF REDSTATE
Dick Armey Heads to NY-23 for Hoffman
It has been much rumored, but not fully confirmed until now. Dick Armey, the House Majority Leader after the 1994 Conservative Revolution will go to New York to campaign for Doug Hoffman.
In an exclusive conversation with RedState, Armey explains his reasons.
“We win when we are us. We lose when we are Democrat lite,” he told me. In New York’s 23rd Congressional District, two Democrats and a Republican are running for Congress. One of the Democrats just happens to have an “R” next to her name and the Republican is running on the Conservative Party ticket thanks to the way the candidates were chosen.
“We attract people by being small government conservatives,” Armey told me. “Big Government Republicans, though they call themselves Big Government Conservatives, do not win. I would tell the Republican Party leadership it cannot win if it insists on recruiting and supporting candidates out of step with the voters.”
I asked Armey what he’d say to the Republicans who are backing the very liberal Dede Scozzafava. He said he would “say listen to Ronald Reagan. Reagan said good policy is good politics. My position is to support the candidate who supports policies good for America. That’s what Reagan did too.” He continued by saying it was “baloney” that Hoffman could not beat Scozzafava. “People are largely disaffected with Obama and we need to draw sharp distinctions,” he said.
In Scozzafava, the GOP is running a candidate “who doesn’t draw a distinction. She says ‘vote for me, I’m just like him.’”
Armey said he does not think the establishment within the Republican Party really understands the mood of the country right now. “There is a sharp difference between now and November. If we knew then what we know now, I doubt Obama would have been elected,” he said.
Dick Armey has always been an uncompromising leader of small government “leave me the hell alone” conservatism. He’s now headed up to New York to campaign for a like minded candidate in Doug Hoffman. You can help.