Bill Owens Against Rush, Those Who Would Abuse Dede

PLATTSBURGH—Here’s a new theme of the Owens campaign: vote for me because I’m not one of those horrible people who are mistreating Dede Scozzafava.

The Democratic Party’s congressional candidate interrupted a supporter at the Clinton County Democratic headquarters here on Route 3 to call comments made by radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh “obscene.” This afternoon, Limbaugh said Scozzafava, a Republican assemblywoman who ended her campaign this weekend and is actively working for Owens, is “guilty of widespread bestiality.”

“She has screwed every RINO in the country,” Limbaugh said on his radio show. “Everyone can see just how phony and dangerous they are. 2010 might be a nightmare for PETA. Two animals may become extinct: RINOs and Blue Dog Democrats.”

Limbaugh has endorsed Doug Hoffman, he Conservatve Party’s nominee who is now blessed by Republicans.

Below is a video of raging Owens.

“I have not been angry in the course of the campaign, the comments that Mr. Limbaugh made today made me angry,” he said. “This is not the way to have a civil discourse; this is not the way we conduct politics, and I think it was wholly inappropriate. These are the people that are supporting Mr. Hoffman, this is the kind of agenda they’re going to push if they are successful.”

It’s not that Owens is now running in high gear against Hoffman, Clinton County Democratic Chairman Marty Mannix explained to me, it’s just that “the new message is that you can’t tolerate this ilk of candidate.”

Hoffman’s spokesman Rob Ryan, when reached by phone, said of Limbaugh that “those are other people’s comments–that’s all I have to say.”