This is a letter from Jessica Renzi to Dede Scozzafava. I think Jessica captures and sums up the frustration felt by many, so I will reprint it here and also link you to Jess's blog (here). I will add that Dede throughout the campaign said "this is not about me" (her), but time will be the judge of that when the truth is known on your sell out. I'll join Jessica and others today voting for Doug Hoffman.
When you quit the race yesterday for the 23rd
Congressional district...I cried. As someone who has been through a
long, bloody, and difficult campaign, I know and understand the
emotional, physical, and mental stress it puts one through. I know what
it is like to have your integrity attacked, or in my case my husband's,
when you know the attacks are false and made up of lies. I "get" the
stress, the exhaustion, and the inner workings of a campaign that
sometimes you feel you have no control or say. In every campaign there
are issues and problems, and as I have had my fill of "Monday morning
armchair quarterbacks," from people who have never undertaken a
campaign, I never planned on saying one negative thing about yours. I
had even planned on writing you a nice note on integrity...I had even
considered pulling the lever for you on Tuesday regardless...but then...
...I read you were endorsing the Democrat. To me...that was a slap in
my face! A slap for everything your local volunteers and I have tried
to do for you. Yes, maybe the national party did not help you out as
much as you would like, perhaps you are mad, bitter even...but what
about all of us locals who did everything we could do to see you
succeed. What does it say to all of your volunteers who have put in
time, energy, and money...who have gotten your petitions signed (year
after year) and defended your voting record to their neighbors. There
were many issues that I did not agree with you...but when you became
the nominee I did my part to help. I put up signs, organized a party
(which you canceled), offered to drive people to your fundraiser,
defended you to my family and friends, defended you on this blog, and
defended you for a whole hour on the Mayor's show when we all knew you
could not win.
What I am trying to say is this...YOU said it
was about us...but Dede what about us!?! Has this always only been
about you?? It is one thing to lose...another to quit...but you have
become a traitor. And no...I'm not talking about a traitor to the
party, the outside interests that have dominated this race, the
national party, nor the press. I'm talking about us. Today you became a
traitor to all of us who believed you were in it for the right reasons.
Tuesday I am voting for Doug Hoffman on the Conservative line for
Congress. I encourage everyone who reads this blog to do the same.
...And if you think this letter is harsh...you should have seen the first draft! ;)