If Chuck DeVore wants to run against Dede Scozzafava, he should move to New York. I believe she’s up for reelection next fall to the State Assembly.
But, since he seems determined to run against Carly Fiorina for the Republican Senatorial nomination here in the Golden State, he need address her as she is and not as he would have her be so he can portray himself as the only conservative in the race.
As Eric Ingemenson points out, DeVore is
. . . working hard—maybe too hard—at painting his primary opponent, former Hewlett Packard chief Carly Fiorina, as a liberal “Scozzafava” Republican. Being loose with her record simply to score cheap political points threatens to damage his credibility in the long term.
Exactly. Ingemenson then proceeds to demolish three claims DeVore makes about Fiorina, including her supposed support for a so-called “tech stimulus” and for an internet tax.
While DeVore may be a shade to the right of Fiorina, the former HP CEO is herself in the mainstream of American conservatism, opposing Barack Obama’s “stimulus,” Nancy Pelosi’s health care plan and Barbara Boxer’s cap and trade bill. She prefers free market solutions to our nation’s economic woes and has said as much in public statements.
It’s time that DeVore address those statements and not the campaign rhetoric of a one-time Republican nominee with an entirely different background in a state clear across the country.