A day after Doug Hoffman came to Fulton, fellow Republican Congressional hopeful Matt Doheny did the same.Â The Alexandria Bay investment banker disputed Hoffman’s claims of a 30 point lead, based on an internal poll, and on calls he says his campaign is making to Republican voters.
A small but enthusiastic crowd was waiting for him.
“The enthusiasm for Doug Hoffman is there, and it’s grassroots, too,” said Oswego County Conservative Party chair Leonard Schick.
North Country accountant Doug Hoffman will run for Congress this year, seeking to reunite the Republican and Conservative parties and take back the seat lost to a Democrat for the first time since the Civil War.
The general election earlier this month went smoothly, despite a couple bumps in the road, according to Oswego County’s two elections commissioners. The bumps, however, were greatly magnified due to the intense scrutiny focused on the special election for the 23rd Congressional District, which was held in conjunction with the regular general election.
You heard that right: The Conservative Party candidate for Congress this year will run again next year. “I promise to help restore our nation’s faith in elected officials when we win,” he said in a letter posted on his website.
Hoffman, the Conservative Party candidate, barely won the fight for absentee votes in Oswego County. He beat Owens among absentees, 544 to 534. Dede Scozzafava, the Republican who dropped out of the race on the weekend before the election and, a day later, endorsed Owens, pulled 204 absentees.
I respectfully request an apology to me and to all of our Oswego County Election Inspectors, the Oswego County Election Commissioners, and Oswego County Board of Election staff, both Democrat and Republican for making these outrageous charges against us.
Freshman Congressman Bill Owens will have a seat at the table that decides major issues such as military policy and national security. Meantime, the opponent who conceded defeat on election night now takes it all back, alleges ACORN tried to steal the election, and wants supporters to send him money for the fight.
The result: Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman narrowed the gap with Democrat Doug Owens by just 214 votes as the results from Oneida, Madison, Hamilton and Fulton counties came in.
With the margin of votes between him and Democratic candidate for Congress Bill Owens shrinking, he told conservative radio and TV talk host Glenn Beck Monday that “if I knew this information at the election night, I would not have conceded.”