Dede Scozzafava—An ACORN-Friendly, Big Labor-Backing, Tax-and-Spend Radical in GOP Clothing

Here`s the dirty little secret
about political candidates and officeholders labeled by
the mainstream media as

There`s usually nothing moderate
about them. Consider the case of

the GOP nominee in the New York 23rd
congressional district`s special election.

Handpicked by local party pooh-bahs
and supported by Beltway GOP leaders, Scozzafava is
vying to replace former GOP Rep. John McHugh, who
abandoned his seat to accept President Obama`s
nomination as Army Secretary. There`s certainly no
urgency to tack left. The upstate New York district is
as safe a Republican district as they come. The GOP has
triumphed in every election there since 1871. Obama eked
out a victory in the district last fall, but the
Democrats have no real traction on the ground.

And the mood of the electorate near
and far is far from electric blue. It`s not just Tea
Party activists and health care town hall protesters
displaying discontent with Big Government in Washington.
A recent Gallup Poll reported that self-identified
conservatives now outnumber self-identified liberals in
all 50 states—and that more Americans nationwide now say
they are conservative than have made that claim in any
of the last four years.

Scozzafava is an abortion rights
advocate who favors gay marriage. It would be one thing
if Scozzafava balanced that social liberalism with
fiscal conservatism. But as a state assemblywoman, she
voted for massive tax increases, Democratic budgets and
a $180 million state bank bailout. She also supported
the trillion-dollar federal stimulus package—which every
House Republican voted against.

More troubling, Scozzafava in past
elections has embraced the ballot line of the

Working Families Party
—a socialist outfit whose
political DNA

with scandal-ridden

. ACORN and the WFP have shared office space in
New York City, Arkansas and Illinois. ACORN head Bertha
Lewis, a close Scozzafava friend and political
supporter, wears a second hat as vice chairman of the
WFP. The WFP has been listed in ACORN documents dating
back to 2000 as an

Under fire for her cozy relations
with organizations that have shown lifelong hostility
toward the Republican Party, Scozzafava now claims she
would have voted to de-fund ACORN in the wake of the
sting videos showing ACORN
employees advising

undercover journalists
on how to evade tax laws, lie
on housing applications and smuggle underage illegal
alien prostitutes.

But there`s another inextricably
linked ACORN and WFP affiliate that Scozzafava would not
likely disavow: Big Labor.

Refresher: The

Service Employees International Union
is co-located
with several key ACORN offices across the country. ACORN
founder Wade Rathke founded influential SEIU Local 100.
As John Wilson reported in the New York Post this
spring, the WFP`s largest donors are the SEIU, which
pitched in more than $300,000, and the teachers union,
which donated $200,000. These organizations have worked
together to increase left-wing political clout,
undermine capitalism and ensure
"social justice" on the public`s dime.

Scozzafava`s husband is a leading
upstate New York union organizer. She supports the
legislation that would massively boost union
rolls—and Democratic voting rolls—at the expense of
rank-and-file workers` free choice. And for that matter,
at the expense of Republican electoral prospects. Card
check is the key to a Democratic majority in perpetuity.
Big Labor bosses have said as much.

Movement conservatives and limited
government activists are battling the establishment GOP
over its endorsement of Scozzafava`s candidacy. The Club
for Growth, former GOP presidential candidate

Fred Thompson
and others have lined up behind a
truly mainstream and viable candidate—Conservative Party
nominee Doug Hoffman.

Scozzafava has earned the enthusiastic
endorsement of far-left blog entrepreneur and political
strategist Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, who runs the Daily
Kos website. He enthused that Scozzafava has

"been willing to
raise taxes when budgets require it, and is to the left
of most Democrats on social issues."

That`s not moderation. That`s
extremist fringe. This race isn`t a fight over the heart
and soul of the Republican Party. It`s a battle over its



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