Scozzafava Puts Campaign On Hold

Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava
Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava

Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava is putting her campaign for Congress on hold because her father is ill.

The Republican Assemblywoman from Gouverneur wants to replace Congressman John McHugh when he’s confirmed as the next Secretary of the Army.

The news came in this statement from her campaign:

“Mr. William Scozzafava, father of Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava, was admitted to Upstate Medical Center University Hospital with chest pains and is scheduled to undergo bypass surgery sometime today.”

“Dede is en-route to the hospital to be with her father and any campaign related activities are on hold. Dede and her family appreciate the thoughts and prayers of so many during this difficult time.”

The state Democratic Party offered a note of sympathy to Scozzafava in a statement:

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Dede and her father, William Scozzafava, and the entire family. We wish Mr. Scozzafava a speedy and healthy recovery, and hope that he will soon join Dede on the campaign trail.”

Scozzafava, Democrat Bill Owens of Plattsburgh and Conservative Doug Hoffman will compete in a special election to fill the remainder of McHugh’s term. The election is likely to occur in November on the same day as the general election.