Scozzafava Strolls Down Memory Lane

By Josh Kraushaar
|  Saturday, Apr 3, 2010  |  Updated 11:15 AM EDT
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Scozzafava Strolls Down Memory Lane

New York Assembly

Scozzafava dropped out of the race because she believed it was best for the party, reports say.

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New York Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava aims to return to the public eye later this year with a memoir of her unsuccessful 2009 campaign for Congress, which ended with her withdrawal in the face of Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman's insurgent campaign.

Scozzafava, who lost her leadership role in the New York Legislature after endorsing Democrat Bill Owens in the final days of the race, told the radio station WRVO that she plans to recount her experience on the campaign trail in fresh detail.

"I have been kind of putting pieces together," she said. "Just to kind of go back and recall different moments, and I had jotted down certain occasions and I've got a whole calendar of events, and I'm kind of thinking about it again."

A flurry of national media attention surrounded Scozzafava after her congressional bid imploded amid Republican concerns about some of her more moderate views. She appeared on CBS's "Face the Nation" last November and her name briefly became the basis for a phrase – "getting Scozzafava'd" — to describe politicians struggling with the ire of the Republican base.

Scozzafava's former campaign spokesman, Matt Burns, told POLITICO that he encouraged her to brand herself as a moderate Republican leader after the campaign.

"One of the things I encouraged her after the election to do, is to mold herself as a Christie Todd Whitman type, and get across the moderates' role in the Republican party in 2010," he said. "My hope is she would use her book to talk about that, rather than settle any scores."

Scozzafava's endorsement of Owens gave him a jolt of momentum in the final days of last year's special election, which the Democrat won by several thousand votes. Hoffman is running again for the seat this year.

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