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Hoffman backs Doheny

Lake Placid accountant Doug Hoffman has made it crystal clear who he will vote for in this fall's congressional election. Speaking before a small crowd at Legends Bistro in Plattsburgh, Hoffman gave his "unqualified support and endorsement" to Watertown businessman Matt Doheny. Doheny is running against incumbent Democrat Bill Owens for New York's new 21st Congressional District. His name will appear on the Republican, Conservative and Independence party line. Chris Morris has more on this story.  Go to full article
Lake placid Conservative Doug Hoffman
Lake placid Conservative Doug Hoffman

Hoffman considering another run for Congress

Lake Placid accountant Doug Hoffman says he's considering another run for congress. In an interview broadcast this morning on NPR, Hoffman said he was waiting to make his decision until redistricting lines are redrawn.

A Federal judge is now considering plans submitted by political leaders in New York state. Under one of those plans, Hoffman would land in the 20th congressional district, where he now lives. But under another plan, the 23rd district would expand to include Lake Placid.

Two years ago, Hoffman moved his residency to Saranac Lake while challenging fellow Republican Matt Doheny in the GOP primary.

Hoffman's two bids for congress drew widespread support from conservatives in the 23rd district and divided Republican voters, but he fell short against Democratic Representative Bill Owens.

The judge's decision on how to draw congressional lines in New York State could come within the next two weeks.  Go to full article
Can Jane Corwin avoid Dede Scozzafava's fate? (Photo: Corwin Facebook site)
Can Jane Corwin avoid Dede Scozzafava's fate? (Photo: Corwin Facebook site)

NY GOP scrambles to avoid repeat of Scozzafava-Hoffman debacle

Next week voters in western New York will elect a new member of Congress.

The 26th district is conservative territory, but Republicans are worried that they could see a repeat of the debacle in the North Country that already cost them one House seat.

In 2009, tea party candidate Doug Hoffman and Republican Dede Scozzafava split the conservative vote in the 23rd district House race.

That opened the door to a special election victory by Bill Owens.

Now the GOP is scrambling to hold onto a seat against a Democrat and a well-known businessman who's running on the tea party line.

Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article
Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh) celebrated...
Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh) celebrated...

Owens slips past Doheny in NY-23

One of the few bright lights for Democrats last night was the re-election of Congressman Bill Owens over Republican businessman Matt Doheny in the 23rd district. After last year's special election, Owens earned his first full term by a slim 51 to 49% margin over Doheny. But it was conservative and erstwhile Tea Partier Doug Hoffman whose 6% showing that may have decided the race. David Sommerstein has our report.  Go to full article
Democrat Rudy Johnson from Malone (Photo:  Johnson campaign)
Democrat Rudy Johnson from Malone (Photo: Johnson campaign)

Upset brewing in Assembly race?

This is expected to be a big year for Republicans. But Democrats appear to have a very real shot at capturing the 114th Assembly seat that represents Clinton and Franklin counties.

The district has been a GOP stronghold for generations. But this year, Assemblywoman Janet Duprey, a Republican, is locked in a bitter contest with Conservative candidate David Kimmel.

Their divisive battle could leave an opening for Democrat Rudy Johnston.

All three candidates held a debate last night in Saranac Lake. Brian Mann was there and has our story.  Go to full article

UNYTEA drops Hoffman in NY-23

In the North Country's 23rd Congressional District, UNYTEA ended its support for Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman. The Tea Party group has not endorsed Republican primary winner Matt Doheny.

Mark Barie is chairman of UNYTEA, which claims around a thousand members across the region. He tells Jonathan Brown the group's steering committee met with Doheny yesterday.  Go to full article
Doug Hoffman (File photo)
Doug Hoffman (File photo)

Hoffman makes NY23 a 3-way race

Yesterday was a dramatic day in North Country politics. Republican Matt Doheny finally claimed victory in the GOP primary. But a short time later, his opponent Doug Hoffman announced that he will continue his run for the 23rd district House seat as a 3rd-party conservative.

That decision will make it much harder for the GOP to retake a House seat that was once considered safe Republican territory. Brian Mann spoke with Hoffman.  Go to full article
Mark Barie (File photo)
Mark Barie (File photo)

Tea Party leader doubts Hoffman's chances

Another big player in this year's campaign is Mark Barie, organizer of the UNYTEA tea party group in Plattsburgh.

Barie has been a staunch supporter of Doug Hoffman and once described him as the only true conservative running in the NY-23 race. But Barie said yesterday that he is dismayed by Hoffman's decision to stay in the race, despite losing the GOP primary. He spoke with Brian Mann.  Go to full article
Matt Doheny (File photo)
Matt Doheny (File photo)

Doheny: "we can unify folks"

Doug Hoffman's decision to stay in the NY-23 race comes as a severe blow to Matt Doheny, the businessman from Watertown.

Doheny prevailed yesterday in the Republican primary. He had hoped to use this week as a kind of victory lap after a bruising primary, as he pivots to face Bill Owens.

Despite Hoffman's challenge from the right, Doheny told Brian Mann that he thinks his message will be strong enough to prevail in November.  Go to full article
Doug Hoffman (NCPR File Photo)
Doug Hoffman (NCPR File Photo)

BREAKING: Hoffman says he's in

A statement from Doug Hoffman confirms that the accountant and tea party favorite from Lake Placid and Saranac Lake will continue his bid for the NY-23 seat as a 3rd party Conservative candidate. Hoffman concedes the GOP primary to Republican Matt Doheny. This afternoon's announcement sets up a three-way race between Hoffman, Republican Matt Doheny and Democrat Bill Owens. More to follow on All Before 5.  Go to full article

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