POLITICAL WINDS

Meet the New GOP?

Congressional Republicans may have tacked to the right since President Obama's election, but one candidate hoping to join them in D.C. is taking a drastically different approach. Running to replace Republican Rep. John McHugh, New York Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava managed to win her party's nomination despite being pro-choice, pro-gay marriage, and supportive of organized labor. "Now more than ever, people are looking for leadership and independence, and for people that don't follow what the party leaders tell them to do," Scozzafava told Politico. While Scozzafava's positions might be necessary to win in the increasingly Democratic region, she's already drawing fire from conservatives outside the state. "This is what Republican suicide looks like," wrote Erick Erickson, founder of RedState.com. The site is currently threatening to support the Democratic nominee in protest.