New York’s 23rd Congressional District has one less candidate running his campaign now. Doug Hoffman dropped his bid to run on the Conservative line in the race against Democrat Congressman Bill Owens and Republican challenger Matt Doheny. Mr. Hoffman previously ran against Mr. Owens in a special election against Mr. Owens when former Republican Congressman John McHugh vacated the seat about one year ago.
Unlike the first Republican pick in the special election last year for New York’s 23rd CD, Dede Scozzafava, who refused to endorse Mr. Hoffman after she dropped out one week before election day, Mr. Hoffman endorsed Mr. Doheny on Tuesday after he dropped his bid. However, due to legal issues, Mr. Hoffman’s name will remain on the ballot on the Conservative Party line.
“Some good work was done by some good individuals to get that done. I have to compliment Mr. Hoffman for doing something that is always difficult to do and that is after you have lost the race for the Republican nomination and he could have gone on as he did two years ago, but its just too important for our country going forward for us not to have a Republican majority in the House of Representatives,” said New York state GOP Chairman Ed Cox to me on Tuesday afternoon in front of the New York State GOP tour bus in Flushing. “It was a patriotic thing for him to endorse our Republican candidate Matt Doheny for Congress.”
While Mr. Cox would not specify who convinced Mr. Hoffman to drop his bid, It is likely Conservative Chairman Mike Long may have had a hand in the decision making in the end.