No surprises here.
Radical leftist Dede Scozzafava, the GOP NY-23 candidate who dropped out over the weekend, was an ACORN-embracing, Working Families Party-consorting, Big Labor crony.
White House political director Patrick Gaspard is a leading ACORN/SEIU/Working Families Party operative from New York.
The Washington Post reports that Gaspard played a critical role in Scozzafava’s endorsement of Democrat Bill Owens:
Over the last few days, Gaspard has also had a quiet hand in some of the good news to come Democrats’ way.
Steeped in New York politics, he played a pivotal role in the effort over the weekend to persuade Republican State Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava to endorse the Democratic candidate in the special election in New York’s 23rd Congressional District, two senior White House officials said Sunday. One senior official added that Gaspard was the “air traffic controller” of multiple parties as events in the district unfolded. Scozzafava, a rare Republican who who supports same-sex marriage and abortion rights, endorsed Bill Owens rather than the Conservative Party candidate two days ahead of Election Day, a major victory for Democrats in arguably the most closely watched contest in the country.
Gaspard is using his office and his power to meddle obsessively in his home state:
. Gaspard appears to have found it exceedingly difficult to tear himself away from New York politics. He still reads the New York political blogs and frequently corresponds with local New York reporters about local New York affairs. And while fighting political fires in his own back yard may be necessary for an operative with a national profile, New York elected officials and veteran political operatives have expressed surprise about the degree to which Gaspard has concerned himself with local issues since his departure, given all the national challenges for Democrats. Among other things, Gaspard got involved this year in the race for city comptroller and made rounds of calls to support Bill de Blasio, a close friend of his, in the race for public advocate.
Gaspard was just as involved in such minutiae at the height of the presidential race. In October 2008, as Obama operatives launched a massive national get-out-the-vote operation, Gaspard, then the campaign’s national political director, participated in local strategy calls opposing Michael Bloomberg’s extension of term limits, according to a person with firsthand knowledge of the calls.
This past September, Gaspard’s fingerprints were all over the White House’s effort to force Paterson, the first African American governor of New York, to withdraw his bid for reelection. The effort was sanctioned at the highest levels of the administration, but became a public relations nightmare when news of the meeting seeped out — and Paterson declared he would not quit.
“Patrick is making some difficult political calls that are in many cases sloppy by definition,” said Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.). “But the key thing is that most people who are affected by these things breathe a sigh of relief that he’s gotten involved.”
I repeat: Membership in radical Left circles has its privileges.
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