Scozzafava Calls for Owens

ALBANY—Dede Scozzafava has cut a robocall for Bill Owens.

The full script is below, but Scozzafava says Owens will be “the only candidate who can build upon John McHugh’s lasting legacy in Congress.”

Scozzafava endorsed Owens on Sunday. The robocall does not mention Hoffman–now backed by the Republican establishment–but does emphasize the race is not about her, but rather “the people of this district.” Hoffman lives outside the district, so there’s the veiled shot.

This is a rather public step for Scozzafava, who suspended her own campaign Saturday and is now unabashedly backing Owens. Her husband, Ron McDougall, attended a rally with Owens and Vice President Joe Biden earlier today. (Scozzafava was not present.) To win, Owens needs Scozzafava’s supporters to come out for him, which a snap poll Sunday shows is not yet happening.

Here’s the call script:

“Hi, this is Dede Scozzafava calling on behalf of Bill Owens.   And I wanted to let you know that I am supporting Bill for Congress.

“Since beginning my campaign I have said that this election is not about me, it’s about the people of this district.  It’s not in the cards for me to be your representative but I strongly believe Bill Owens is the only candidate who can build upon John McHugh’s lasting legacy in Congress.

“In Bill Owens I see a sense of duty and integrity.  He will be an independent voice, devoted to doing what is right for New York.  To address the tough challenges ahead we must rise above partisanship and politics, and work together.

“Please join me in voting for Bill Owens on Tuesday.”