Doug Hoffman

Scozzafava Redux: Doheny Wrecks GOP Chances in NY-23

By on 9.25.10 | 10:57AM

I reported here in May that New York Conservative Party chairman Mike Long had warned against Matt Doheny's campaign for the GOP congressional nomination in the upstate District 23.

Doheny rebuffed the Conservative Party in the 2009 special election and instead donated the maximum $2,400 to Dede Scozzafava on Oct. 10. Three weeks later -- the weekend before Election Day -- Scozzafava dropped out of the NY-23 race and endorsed Democrat Bill Owens, who edged Conservative candidate Doug Hoffman by fewer than 3,600 votes out of more than 150,000 ballots cast.

Which brings us to the situation for 2010, as I explained in May:

NY-23: Conservative Party Stands With Hoffman; Will GOP Listen?

By on 5.12.10 | 10:34PM

Since Doug Hoffman's electrifying campaign in last fall's wild three-way special election in upstate New York (see "Battle Cry in the North Country"), other candidates have thrown their hats in the ring for the GOP nomination for the seat now held by Democrat Rep. Bill Owens. Among those candidates is Matt Doheny.

Jude Seymour of the Watertown (N.Y.) Daily Times reports that Conservative Party chairman Mike Long says he's committed to supporting Hoffman this fall and that Doheny missed his chance last year:

NY23 UPDATE: Virus Found in Vote-Machine Software

By on 11.19.09 | 2:50PM

After the earlier post about Conservative congressional candidate Doug Hoffman's accusations of "mischief" in the special-election vote count, a source in New York called my attention to a breaking story in the Gouverneur (N.Y.) Times:

GOUVERNEUR, NY - The computerized voting machines used by many voters in the 23rd district had a computer virus - tainting the results, not just from those machines known to have been infected, but casting doubt on the accuracy of counts retrieved from any of the machines.
Cathleen Rogers, the Democratic Elections Commissioner in Hamilton County stated that they discovered a problem with their voting machines the week prior to the election . . .

NY23: ‘Revolution’ Upstate

By on 11.3.09 | 6:52PM

Doug Hoffman campaign spokesman Rob Ryan just said the off-year congressional election in this sprawling upstate district represents a political "revolution."

"People have just stepped up to the plate," Ryan said, describing the surge of grassroots volunteer support for Hoffamn. "They're sick and tired of politics as usual. They're sick and tired of the culture of corruption in Washington. They're sick and tired of sending all their money to the IRS."

Tonight, the Hoffman campaign is preparing to celebrate at the historic Hotel Saranac, where there are seven TV satellite trucks in the parking lot. Reporters from the New York Times, Fox News, CNN and other national media are on hand. The polls close at 9 p.m. 

Most observers expect a Hoffman win tonight. During an afternoon press conference, Hoffman campaign manager Dan Tripp said his own sample of key precincts in the 23rd District show a "positive" trend.

NY23: How Much Crazier Can It Get?

By on 11.3.09 | 5:12AM

Ah, Election Day at last! In 24 hours, you'll be reading my Wednesday article about what happened in the crucial upstate New York special congressional election. And tomorrow morning, God willing, I'll be taking a shower, packing my bags, checking out of a hotel in Saranac Lake, N.Y., and heading back home to try to recover from the insanity of it all. Meanwhile, people way above my pay-grade will be on TV telling you What It Really Means.

Nice work, if you can get it.

Michelle Malkin is one of the few people you're likely to see on TV tonight who actually knows what it means. No, she hasn't been up here making the high-speed run along Highway 3 from Watertown to Plattsburgh, but she's followed this battle closely since her Oct. 16 column identifying Dede Scozzafava as an "ACORN-Friendly, Big Labor-Backing, Tax-and-Spend Radical in GOP Clothing."

Washington Prowler

Showdown Alarms

By 11.2.09

White House intensifies Scozzafava fiasco. Pete Sessions NRCC's last stand. Plus: Larry Summers and Susan Crawford's resignation.