Scozzafava has been a member of the New York State Assembly since 1999; she served as Mayor of the Village of Gouverneur from 1993 through 1998. She was appointed Minority Whip and serves on the Assembly Banks, Codes, Ethics and Guidance, Rules, and Ways and Means committees.
Scozzafava's political views are outside the mainstream of conservative Republicans. She is pro-choice regarding abortion and supports same-sex marriage.  She voted for Governor David Paterson's 2008-2009 state budget. Additionally, Scozzafava endorsed the 2009 economic stimulus package, cap and trade climate legislation, and the Employee Free Choice Act (card check). 
Scozzafava has received the endorsements of House Minority Leader John Boehner, the National Republican Congressional Committee, and former GOP Speaker Newt Gingrich. However, she has received virtually no support from the Republican National Committee and her liberal policies have divided the Republican base.  Scozzafava has received the endorsement of Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas; "The most liberal candidate leads (and it's not the Dem)." 
The district supported Obama by 5-points in 2008. The Sienna poll released Oct. 15 found Democrat Owens pulling into the lead with 33% (a gain of 5), followed by Scozzafava at 29% (a loss of 6) and Hoffman at 23% (a gain of 7).
In 2008, Scozzafava's voting record in the State Assembly received a 15% rating from the Conservative Party of New York , further to the left than 46 Assembly Democrats. Scozzafava's campaign has stated she will not rule out changing party affiliation to Democrat if she wins the election. 
On October 19th reporter John McCormack from the Weekly Standard asked Scozzafava on health care, and her husband went on to call 9/11 emergency. Audio recordings showed that McCormack was not raising his voice. Lowville Village Police Chief Eric Fredenburg said that "I don’t believe it ever escalated to anything that would ever be classified as an emergency." No charges were filed against McCormack.  
- Michael Patrick Leahy. Nomination of Liberal Republican in New York 23rd Tainted by Breach of Trust, October 19, 2009.
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