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NY-23: Bachmann Endorses Hoffman

Rep. Michele Bachmann, the iconoclastic Minnesota congresswoman becomes, as far as I can tell, the first incumbent Republican to back the Conservative Party

Elisa Mueller
Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Oct 22, 2009

Rep. Michele Bachmann, the iconoclastic Minnesota congresswoman becomes, as far as I can tell, the first incumbent Republican to back the Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman over Republican Dede Scozzafava in the roiling NY-23 special election. On her radio show yesterday, Laura Ingraham skillfully pushed Bachmann to take a stand on the race — the answer seemed to come by accident.

“What I read,” said Bachmann, “is that the Republican-endorsed candidate is actually number three. The Democrat is number one and the conservative candidate is number two.” (This was not actually true in the last poll, which showed Democrat Bill Owens leading Scozzafava, and Hoffman bringing up the rear.)

Nudged by Ingraham, Bachmann threw Scozzafava under the bus. “Hoffman is on the ascendancy,” she said, “and we have to win this seat, and people need to get behind the winning candidate, and it looks like that’s Hoffman.” After Ingraham said that Bachmann had just made an endorsement, the congresswoman didn’t correct her: “It appears that he has the best chance right now.”

Elisa Mueller | Elisa Mueller was born in Kansas City, Missouri, to a mother who taught reading and a father who taught film. As a result, she spent an excessive amount of her childhood reading books and watching movies. She went to the University of Kansas for college, where she earned bachelor's degrees in English and journalism. She moved to New York City and worked for Entertainment Weekly magazine for ten years, visiting film sets all over the world.


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