The New York Independence Party announced it will support Republican Dede Scozzafava in the special election in New York’s 23rd Congressional District. The party, which has about 20,000 registered members in the district, had planned to back Democrat Darrel Aubertine until he announced Thursday that he would not be seeking the seat.
Independence Party State Chairman Frank MacKay said in a statement, “In polling our state executive committee this morning, I can say with certainty that we will support our local leaders in the 23rd Congressional District and today we throw the support of the Independence Party behind Assemblywoman Scozzafava.”
The Independence Party usually backed Republican incumbent John McHugh, who will resign pending his confirmation as U.S. secretary of the Army. The New York Conservative Party is expected to nominate its own candidate in the race, rather than backing Scozzafava.