New York’s Doug Hoffman is visiting fellow conservatives in Washington, D.C., this week at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) and told The Washington Times he will be announcing his candidacy to run for Congress in New York’s 23rd District in 2010 in the coming weeks.
The former congressional candidate who ran on the Conservative party line and was later endorsed by the New York State GOP for New York’s 23rd District lost to Congressman Bill Owens (D - NY) in a special election last November after the seat was vacated by Republican John McHugh.
“We feel very very good about it. I think the fact that he [Bill Owens] violated three campaign promises the day he was sworn in, like voting for the health care bill, is going to give us a lot of leverage,” Mr. Hoffman told The Washington Times.
Mr. Hoffman told the Washington Times that when the time comes for him to run, he would have the support of New York Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long. As for the GOP line, Mr. Hoffman may have to duke it out with three other GOP candidates first, but he has spoken to Republican Ed Cox about his interest on running on the GOP line.
New York Assemblyman Will Barclay is the next popular candidate for the seat. According to a poll conduced by McLaughlin and Associates, in a four way primary race, Doug Hoffman beats Mr. Barclay by 34 percentage points. In a two way primary race Mr. Hoffman beats Mr. Barclay by 32 percentage points.
Mr. Hoffman appears confident he will prevail in 2010 with coalitions supporting his stances on cutting the deficit, lower taxes, and and cutting regulations. “I intend to reunite the Republicans, Conservatives, the teaparty groups and the other activists in defeating Bill owens this year, ” he said.