Having Sat on His Hands Refusing to Help the GOP In Its Suicide Bid, But Remaining a Loyal Lieutenant, Mike Pence is Finally Free to Do What He's Always Wanted

Mike Pence refused to endorse Dede Scozzafava. Being, however, the Chairman of the House Republican Conference, it really would have been bad form of him to go all in with Hoffman. Being in that position demands some party loyalty. So behind the scenes Pence has made clear he was unhappy with this whole sordid mess and has refused to cooperate or fund the madness.Today he can do what he has wanted to do the whole time — endorse Doug Hoffman.Conservatives are now fully united and fighting. The race is not offer. We must fight for Hoffman now.Pence’s statement is below the fold.Congressman Mike Pence, Chairman of the House Republican Conference, today released the following statement regarding the special election in New York’s 23rd Congressional District: “As chairman of the House Republican Conference, I am proud to announce my support for Doug Hoffman for election to Congress in the 23rd District of New York. Dede Scozzafava’s decision to suspend her campaign is to be commended. By doing so, she has put the interests of her country and her party ahead of personal considerations. Now is the time for all Republicans to come behind Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman. We look forward to welcoming him to the House Republican Conference. By electing Doug Hoffman to Congress, the citizens of New York’s 23rd District can send a deafening message to Washington, D.C. that the era of borrowing and spending and bailouts and takeovers is over.”