- The Washington Times - Friday, October 30, 2009

NEW YORK | Former New York Gov. George Pataki on Thursday endorsed Doug Hoffman, the conservative candidate for the special congressional election to a seat in upstate New York next month.

Mr. Pataki announced his support for Mr. Hoffman at a Conservative Party fundraiser at the New York Athletic Club. Mr. Pataki said he has a farm in the 23rd congressional district and I know that district inside and out.

John Bolton, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, also backed Mr. Hoffman at the event.

Mr. Hoffman, a conservative Republican who is making his first run at public office, sought the Republican nomination to the U.S. House seat but the party nominated Dierdre Scozzafava, a moderate pro-choice member of the state legislature.

Mr. Hoffman last week received the support of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Mrs. Scozzafava has the backing of Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele and former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

The two candidates in the traditionally Republican seat face Democrat Bill Owens for the Nov. 3 election.

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