House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Monday that he regretted endorsing moderate Republican Dede Scozzafava for New York’s 23rd district and said his party would now do everything possible to help Conservative Party nominee Doug Hoffman win in Tuesday’s special election.
“This lady clearly has an agenda that’s different from most Republicans,— Boehner said. “She was clearly out there promoting herself.—
Boehner’s comments come just one day after Scozzafava endorsed Democratic hopeful Bill Owens and two days after Scozzafava abruptly abandoned her bid for the seat, left open by former Rep. John McHugh (R), who is now President Barack Obama’s Army secretary.
Boehner, Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (Texas) issued a joint statement on Sunday urging voters to support Hoffman.
Over the past few weeks, several high-profile Republicans rejected Scozzafava as a viable candidate because of her views on abortion, gay marriage and labor unions.
Boehner dismissed the suggestion that the election foreshadowed a tough year for moderate Republicans and pointed to several issues, such as this year’s economic stimulus, where moderates and conservatives were united.
“I have no concerns about the ability of moderates and conservatives to continue to work together,— Boehner said.