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NY-23, Hoffman drops out, endorses Doheny
Doheny email alert ^ | 10/5/10 | Doheny

Posted on 10/05/2010 8:01:22 AM PDT by randita

Earlier this morning Doug Hoffman announced he was dropping out of the race and is supporting my candidacy for Congress to take back the 23rd. I am deeply appreciative of Doug’s support. Now, more than ever, Republicans, Conservatives and independents are united in our efforts to defeat Bill Owens in November. Thank you for all your support. Please read a copy of the article that appeared in this morning’s Adirondack Daily Enterprise.

Hoffman out of Congress race

SARANAC LAKE — Doug Hoffman has dropped out of the race to represent New York’s 23rd Congressional District. Hoffman’s name will still appear on the ballot on the Conservative line; however, Hoffman said Tuesday morning that he wants his supporters to vote for Republican Matt Doheny. “Our nation is at a crossroads, and it is imperative that on Election Day we wrest control of Congress from Nancy Pelosi and the Democrat majority,” Hoffman said in a prepared statement. “It was never my intention to split the Republican vote.” Hoffman, a certified public accountant and businessman who lives in Saranac Lake, ran against Doheny in a Republican primary. When Doheny’s win became official almost two weeks ago after the absentee ballots were tallied, Hoffman said he would stay in the race on the Conservative line to offer an alternative to “a Wall Street lawyer and a Nancy Pelosi puppet,” as Hoffman then described Doheny and incumbent Democrat Bill Owens, respectively. Hoffman accused both of them of being “not truthful with the voters,” citing Owens’ vote for the national health care bill and Doheny's support of abortion rights in the first trimester, despite describing himself as “pro-life.” Owens said during the 2009 campaign he wouldn’t vote for anything that would raise taxes on the middle class and small businesses, which Hoffman argued the national health care bill did. Now, Hoffman has decided to back Doheny. “Matt Doheny and I may have differed on some issues during the course of our primary race,” Hoffman said. “Now, we must put those differences aside and do what is best for our nation.” Hoffman spokesman Rob Ryan wouldn’t elaborate on the statement Tuesday morning. Sources close to the story have said repeatedly over the past month that Hoffman’s campaign didn’t have the financing or staff to be viable this year. His campaign offices in Plattsburgh and Watertown closed after the primary. His main office on Saranac Lake’s River Street has usually been closed since then, although there has been some activity visible over the past week. Hoffman ran on the Conservative line in last year’s special election against Owens and Republican Dede Scozzafava. The race garnered a lot of national money and media attention, and Hoffman won support from large national conservative groups such as the Club for Growth and Republican notables such as former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Scozzafava dropped out of the race the weekend before the election and endorsed Owens, who won by about 3,600 votes.

Sincerely,

Matt


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: New York
KEYWORDS: billowens; conservative; doheny; doughoffman; fail; hoffman; mattdoheny; nancypelosipuppet; newyork; ny23; rino; ushouse; wallstreetlawyer
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This greatly increases the chances of this seat going GOP.
1 posted on 10/05/2010 8:01:27 AM PDT by randita
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To: InterceptPoint; Impy; Clintonfatigued; AuH2ORepublican; campaignPete R-CT

Ping


2 posted on 10/05/2010 8:02:43 AM PDT by randita (Visit keyhouseraces.com to find GOP House candidates who need your support to knock off a DEM.)
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To: randita

Very good news.


3 posted on 10/05/2010 8:03:50 AM PDT by fortheDeclaration (When the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn (Pr.29:2))
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To: randita

Would have been nice if he had done this when his name could have been removed from the C line and given them a chance to endorse.


4 posted on 10/05/2010 8:03:58 AM PDT by Genoa (Put the kettle on!)
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To: randita

Good move by Hoffman.


5 posted on 10/05/2010 8:06:00 AM PDT by freedomwarrior998
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To: randita

Wow!! Someone that figured out life is not about him/her. He did the right thing by dropping out and giving a good candidate a chance.


6 posted on 10/05/2010 8:06:37 AM PDT by vicar7
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To: vicar7

Would have been more right if he’d done it earlier.


7 posted on 10/05/2010 8:07:31 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: fortheDeclaration

good news but might be too late


8 posted on 10/05/2010 8:07:34 AM PDT by mwl8787
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To: randita

Hoffman did the correct thing.


9 posted on 10/05/2010 8:08:43 AM PDT by deport (TEXAS -- Early Voting begins OCT. 18, 2010 (vote early and often)
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To: randita

Good but should have done it earlier


10 posted on 10/05/2010 8:12:07 AM PDT by rightistight
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To: randita

Hoffman was right to stay on last year. This year, he was completely wrong. The Republicans of NY-23 had spoken and Hoffman should have never considered this run after the primary. I’m glad he’s seen the light. Now he has to campaign hard for Doheny to make amends.


11 posted on 10/05/2010 8:28:16 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: randita

Is Hoffman the one who ran against Scazafava for this seat last year?


12 posted on 10/05/2010 8:29:24 AM PDT by submarinerswife (Stay focused and determined. Our destination is NOVEMBER!!)
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To: randita

Good news bump!


13 posted on 10/05/2010 8:30:49 AM PDT by mac_truck ( Aide toi et dieu t aidera)
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To: randita

I was following this since the primaries. According to news on the web, the GOP kingmakers didn’t like Hoffman making fools of them in 2009. Their boy Doheny won the primary. Hoffman went for the Conservative ticket again because Doheny was perceived as loyal to the same bunch of geniuses that backed ScuzzaI’maffaker. But as it turned out, after the primaries Hoffman was considered a sore loser going third party. More than that, he lacked the national attention (and funds from that attention) that Rush, Levin, and others gave him on his first go round, as one of the original salvos in the tea party movement.

I could be wrong but that’s how I was reading the articles.


14 posted on 10/05/2010 8:31:06 AM PDT by egannacht (Inalienable rights granted by...)
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To: mwl8787

With one month, it is great timing. That will give the supporters to flock to the GOP. Had he done this at the last week, then timing would have been a liability since some voters would not have heard about Hoffman dropping out and endorsing the GOP.


15 posted on 10/05/2010 8:32:11 AM PDT by TMA62 (TMA62)
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To: submarinerswife

Hoffman was one of the first, if not the first, salvo in the tea party’s move to oust RINOs from the GOP.


16 posted on 10/05/2010 8:33:21 AM PDT by egannacht (Inalienable rights granted by...)
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To: randita

Someone on his campign staff probably whispered this in his ear:

“Hey, have you seen anying about Scozzafava’s rising political star in the news for the last two years?”


17 posted on 10/05/2010 8:35:44 AM PDT by RavenATB
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To: RavenATB

Well, one year...


18 posted on 10/05/2010 8:38:09 AM PDT by RavenATB
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To: egannacht
the GOP kingmakers didn’t like Hoffman making fools of them in 2009. Their boy Doheny won the primary

Exactly! Wasn't it only 40 votes he lost by? If you remember, I'd like to know what it was.

IMO, that is why Hoffman stayed in - something was very amiss.
19 posted on 10/05/2010 8:42:54 AM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: randita

Good news. Now, if we could just get Maes to drop out and endorse Tancredo, we’d have both of the splitter races taken care of.


20 posted on 10/05/2010 8:45:02 AM PDT by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (is a Jim DeMint Republican. You might say he's a funDeMintalist conservative.)
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To: presently no screen name
IMO, that is why Hoffman stayed in - something was very amiss.

There's nothing "amiss" about losing in a primary. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. Sometimes their close, but that hardly means that the "GOP kingmakers" cheated him out of his "rightful" nomination. That's Murkowski talk, there.

21 posted on 10/05/2010 8:54:07 AM PDT by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (is a Jim DeMint Republican. You might say he's a funDeMintalist conservative.)
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To: randita

Classy


22 posted on 10/05/2010 8:55:40 AM PDT by KC_Conspirator
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To: randita

Good move Doug. Wish it would have been a bit earlier so Doheny could get on the Conservative ticket, but good nonetheless.


23 posted on 10/05/2010 8:56:19 AM PDT by St. Louis Conservative
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To: randita

This is good. Doheny is not a liberal Republican if he was I’d have supported Hoffman going full on again win or lose but this is a case of consolidation behind the winning conservative candidate in the race and I’m glad Doug did this. He is a good man who helped inspire a lot of people who had written off getting involved in elections and his role in conservative ascendancy should not be minimized. An everyman can compete and as we have seen in other races they can win.

That said I wish conservatives wouldn’t rush back to the safety of the establishment skirts but it will take time before the average conservative voter steps forward with confidence and isn’t afraid to stand on principle even with the possibility of “sure” defeat. When we stop accepting radical left wing candidates who are a little bit fiscally conservative and calling them moderates when they are the furtherest thing from it we will have grown up as a movement because standing on principle is what grown ups do. Children expect things to be awarded and given to them without much hard work or investment. Every candidate that loses and has succeeded in spreading the message of liberty to a new generation wins because when we retreat into silence and machevelian aims we guarantee that even if we “win” our cause is lost.


24 posted on 10/05/2010 9:00:50 AM PDT by Maelstorm (This country was not founded with the battle cry "give me liberty or give me a govt check!")
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To: egannacht
More than that, he lacked the national attention (and funds from that attention) that Rush, Levin, and others gave him on his first go round, as one of the original salvos in the tea party movement.

How do you mention Hoffman's national press, and leave out the Palin endorsement?

25 posted on 10/05/2010 9:10:51 AM PDT by ansel12
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus
That's Murkowski talk, there.

You have it backwards - she's part of the GOP establishment. Hoffman did a MAJOR job outing the RINO's last year - and Newt, Steele, etc., were left w/dribble on their mouth.
26 posted on 10/05/2010 9:13:40 AM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: ansel12

The Palin endorsement is what opened the can of worms.


27 posted on 10/05/2010 9:15:00 AM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: randita; InterceptPoint; Impy; Clintonfatigued; campaignPete R-CT; fieldmarshaldj; Coop

This is indeed great news. While I supported the more conservative Hoffman over Doheny in the GOP primary, Doheny is an acceptable candidate who won the primary fair and square, and all that Hoffman could have accomplished by staying on the ballot as the Conservative Party nominee was splitting the conservative vote and throwing the election to the RAT Owens.

I recall that in order for Lazio to be able to drop out of the governor’s race (after having received the Conservative Party nomination) he had to either move out of state or be nominated for a judgeship. Does NY have the same rule for names on the ballot for congressional races? If so, Hoffman would either have to receive a nomination for a judgeship (despite being an accountant, not a lawyer) or else move several hundred miles away from his home in Lake Placid (or move just a few miles north to Canada, which obviously would not be so easy to do legally).


28 posted on 10/05/2010 9:15:59 AM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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I read in another article his name will remain on the ballot on the Conservative Party line even though he’s now saying don’t vote for me and support Doheny.


29 posted on 10/05/2010 9:21:01 AM PDT by deport (TEXAS -- Early Voting begins OCT. 18, 2010 (vote early and often)
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To: deport

Oh well, it’s better than nothing, I guess. Fortunately, Doheny should be able to win even if Hoffman gets 1%-2% of the vote or so from uninformed voters.


30 posted on 10/05/2010 9:23:47 AM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: Genoa
The TEA party people have integrity and put the Country ahead of their own interests.

Good for Hoffman, he will be able to sleep better at night.

It's a shame that assholes like murCOWsky are so selfish and self centered that they have no respect for the Country.

31 posted on 10/05/2010 9:24:14 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages - In Honor of Standing Wolf)
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To: AuH2ORepublican
"It was never my intention to split the Republican vote in the 23rd District," Hoffman said in a statement. "So today, I withdraw as a candidate from this race. Under New York State Election Law my name cannot be removed from the Conservative Party line on the ballot. However, I strongly urge and request that my supporters not vote for me and certainly not vote for the Democrat or Working Families Party candidate."

Doug Hoffman drops out of race in NY-23

32 posted on 10/05/2010 9:30:05 AM PDT by deport (TEXAS -- Early Voting begins OCT. 18, 2010 (vote early and often)
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To: randita

I’m glad he did this, but frankly, he screwed the Constutition party, and I hope they remember this and never sponsor him again.

They fight for the line item on the ballot, and they try to pick candidates who will get votes on that line, to keep it.

Now he’s abandoned their line, but too late for them to replace his name. So he will be asking people NOT TO VOTE for the constitution party line, which hurts them.

This also doesn’t appear to be a principled move. He could have acted on principle as soon as he lost the republican primary.

Instead, this looks like he just finally figured out that he had no chance of winning — and that’s the only reason he’s doing this, because he thinks it will make him look better when he doesn’t get votes.

Sorry, but for Hoffman, I think it’s a day late and a dollar short. So thanks, but you are still a selfish politician who put his own glory above doing the right thing.


33 posted on 10/05/2010 9:36:07 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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he screwed the Constutition party,


Wasn’t the Constutition Party but rather the local Conservative Party in NY.


34 posted on 10/05/2010 9:40:45 AM PDT by deport (TEXAS -- Early Voting begins OCT. 18, 2010 (vote early and often)
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To: randita; InterceptPoint

Good News bump!


35 posted on 10/05/2010 9:44:45 AM PDT by CPT Clay (Pick up your weapon and follow me.)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

Not exactly. There was talk before Lazio agreed to drop out that the CP could remove him simply by nominating him as their candidate for a judgeship — since you can’t be on both ballots, they could then remove him without his consent.

Once Lazio dropped out of the race, they could nominate another candidate at their convention (since their “primary winner” was no longer a candidate.

Hoffman could have done the same thing if he had simply dropped out before the convention, but he waited another week and THEN dropped out.


36 posted on 10/05/2010 9:48:12 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: presently no screen name

True....but this year, Hoffman IS the Scozzafava in the NY-23 race. Or WAS, I should say. He did the right thing by not continuing the pity party any further.


37 posted on 10/05/2010 9:56:06 AM PDT by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (is a Jim DeMint Republican. You might say he's a funDeMintalist conservative.)
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To: presently no screen name

Hoffman lost last year by around 4,000 votes to the Dem, but about 7,000 still voted for Scuzzyfava because she dropped out late and was still on the ballot as the (R) candidate


38 posted on 10/05/2010 9:57:13 AM PDT by PMAS
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To: randita

Hoffman was totally screwed in the special election...no surprise the software used in that election has a major stakeholder invested in the company who is clear enemy of our country and freedom...that would be Chavez...

Amazing how the MSM never reports things like that.


39 posted on 10/05/2010 9:58:54 AM PDT by surfer (To err is human, to really foul things up takes a Democrat, don't expect the GOP to have the answer!)
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To: fortheDeclaration

“Very good news.”

Doug Hoffman has character. More than we can say for Castle, Murkowski and Crist...


40 posted on 10/05/2010 10:02:27 AM PDT by SeattleBruce (T minus 29 days to SMACKDOWN - Tea Party like it's 1773! Pray 2 Chronicles 7:14!)
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To: submarinerswife

Yes - he came within a few thousand votes of the seat in the special election also. Propagandists spun it as a ‘mixed’ night, despite the smackdowns in VA and NJ...

And now he’s done the right thing - as Conservatives are wont to do...


41 posted on 10/05/2010 10:07:04 AM PDT by SeattleBruce (T minus 29 days to SMACKDOWN - Tea Party like it's 1773! Pray 2 Chronicles 7:14!)
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To: deport

You’re right, I got the name wrong. Thank you for the correction.


42 posted on 10/05/2010 10:11:47 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Maelstorm

“That said I wish conservatives wouldn’t rush back to the safety of the establishment skirts but it will take time before the average conservative voter steps forward with confidence and isn’t afraid to stand on principle even with the possibility of “sure” defeat.”

Yes. We need brave souls to fight for this nation - and we all need to support them against the onslaught of the propagandists.


43 posted on 10/05/2010 10:13:30 AM PDT by SeattleBruce (T minus 29 days to SMACKDOWN - Tea Party like it's 1773! Pray 2 Chronicles 7:14!)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

“Instead, this looks like he just finally figured out that he had no chance of winning — and that’s the only reason he’s doing this, because he thinks it will make him look better when he doesn’t get votes.”

OK, but compare with Castle, Crist and MooCowsky - and you see that he’s done more of the right thing...he thought he could win on the Conservative line and almost did last year. Now he’s wisely dropping out and endorsing Doheny.

I mean give the guy a break for being rational, and way better than some RINO.

If the Conservative Party does not exist to get the most Conservative candidates elected - then for what reason does it exist?


44 posted on 10/05/2010 10:19:22 AM PDT by SeattleBruce (T minus 29 days to SMACKDOWN - Tea Party like it's 1773! Pray 2 Chronicles 7:14!)
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To: freedomwarrior998

“Good move by Hoffman.”

I agree. There will be another chance in the future for Doug.


45 posted on 10/05/2010 10:20:46 AM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: randita

Good for Doug! Shows he’s an honorable conservative.

Wish Dan Maes would do the same thing in Colorado, so that commie Hickenlooper won’t be our next governor. ‘Fraid that’s not gonna happen. Maes think’s he’s been annointed and nothing matters except that he’s the captain of his own ship and by god he’s gonna run her into the reef if it’s the last thing he ever does! Too bad he’s taking the crew down with her, namely us poor citizens of Colorado.


46 posted on 10/05/2010 11:18:14 AM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Made from The Right Stuff!)
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To: randita

Much appreciated, Doug! Would’ve appreciated it even more had you dropped earlier, but we’ll take it.


47 posted on 10/05/2010 11:35:07 AM PDT by ScottinVA (The West needs to act NOW to aggressively treat its metastasizing islaminoma!)
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To: randita

Too bad about Doug Hoffman—he’s a good guy with good conservative ideals. Unfortunately he lacks appeal and is not a forceful enough personality so necessary for the northeast. Doug is sort of wimpy, milquetoast and unfortunately it doesn’t help sell him to the public.
It is what it is —best to you Doug Hoffman!


48 posted on 10/05/2010 11:36:55 AM PDT by tflabo
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To: randita

Glad he finally came to his senses.


49 posted on 10/05/2010 12:03:54 PM PDT by Soul Seeker (I was there when we had the numbers, but didn’t have the principles.---Jim DeMint)
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To: randita

Doheny used to be a good surfing spot.........before they built that groin.


50 posted on 10/05/2010 12:07:13 PM PDT by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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