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House GOP Leaders Throw In With Hoffman

Top House Republican leaders urged voters in New York’s 23rd district to support Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman, just hours after the GOP’s official candidate dropped out of the race.New York Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava unexpectedly announced she would suspend her campaign on Saturday morning — just three days before the special election.“With Assemblywoman Scozzafava suspending her campaign, we urge voters to support Doug Hoffman’s candidacy in New York’s 23rd Congressional District,— Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), Minority Whip Eric Cantor. (R-Va.) and National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Peter Sessions (Texas) said in a joint statement Saturday afternoon. “He is the only active candidate in the race who supports lower taxes, fiscal responsibility and opposes [Speaker] Nancy Pelosi’s agenda of government-run healthcare, more government and less jobs,— the GOP leaders said.Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele announced the RNC would also throw its endorsement to Hoffman.“Effective immediately, the RNC will endorse and support the conservative candidate in the race, Doug Hoffman,— Steele said in a statement. “Doug’s campaign will receive the financial backing of the RNC, and get-out-the-vote efforts to defeat Bill Owens on Tuesday.— Steele also tossed a few words of thanks toward Scozzafava.“I appreciate the hard work Dede put into her campaign, and for understanding the political reality of this race,— Steele said. “By releasing her supporters she has gracefully placed the Party before her own self interest, and for this she deserves enormous credit and respect.—

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