Dierdre "Dede" Scozzafava is a Republican politician in New York. She has represented District 122 in the New York State Assembly since 1999. She was also the Republican nominee for the House of Representatives in a 2009 special election in New York, but dropped out after losing major support to a more right-wing, third party candidate who received national support from many other Republicans.
After her disastrous Congressional campaign in 2009, she announced that she would retire from the New York State Assembly following the 2010 elections.
Scozzafava is a liberal Republican, she's Pro-choice and supports Same-sex marriage. She opposes gun control and has a lifetime "A" rating from the National Rifle Association. She also has strong ties to organized Labor unions. She is against cap-and-trade legislation, and is in favor of maintaining the Bush tax cuts. Extreme conservatives consider her a RINO because of her moderate-liberal views on abortion and same-sex marriage.
2009 Congressional RaceEdit
She was the Republican nominee to run for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2009 special election in New York's 23rd congressional district, but dropped out of the race after losing right-wing support to Doug Hoffman of the Conservative party. Prior to dropping out she was endorsed by Newt Gingrich, John Boehner and Michael Steele. After withdrawing she threw her support to the eventual winner, Democrat candidate, Bill Owens. A week after the election and supporting Owens, Scozzafava was stripped of her Republican leadership position in the State Assembly.
According to her filed campaign reports, her husband and other family members are the largest donors to her campaigns. She had ties to Seaway Capital Partners, a firm which owes nearly $200,000 in back taxes, and is run by her brother. These connections were questioned during her 2009 run for Congress. She responded that she had had no direct ties to the company since 2007.