This is one of the easiest endorsements your humble blogger can make because once again, a New York Republican party appoints a liberal to win a moderate congressional district while a real Republican, and conservative, may pull off a real upset.
I am formally endorsing Doug Hoffman for the New York state 23rd congressional election on October 24 over the "Republican" Dede Scozzafava.
Mr. Hoffman is running on the New York state Conservative party banner and is at least even with the "Republican" Mrs. Scozzafava. And yes, the Democrat, Bill Owens, is in the lead.
But, what the local Republican party did in forcing the liberal Mrs. Scozzafava on the Republican party is unconsiable and a reason, once again, to have a mechanism to actually have a voting nomination process. But, it is New York state and like everything else in the state, it barely runs half-assed.
Eleven county Republican chairs agreed to put up Mrs. Scozzafava for the GOP. Mr. Hoffman appearantly came in second in the "race" to replace now Army Secretary John Mc Hugh. And, not unlike the last time the insiders put up their favorite candidate, they lost a clear Republican-leaning seat that the Democrats kept when Kristen Gillibrand was appointed to the senate.
Remember Jim Tedisco?
Mr. Tedisco was the New York state Republican that ran against Democrat Scott Murphy for Mrs. Gillibrand's congressional seat. Mr. Tedisco was chosen by the New York Republican party and not unlike Mrs. Scozzafava, ran a poor campaign and Mr. Murphy is now the Democrat replacement for Mrs. Gillibrand's seat.
The New York state GOP is truly a glutton for punishment. It is as if they are deliberately trying to compete with the Massachusetts GOP for state-wide irrelevancy.
In a congressional district clearly conservative, why does a bunch of Republican good ol' boys pick a "Republican" that is to the left of the Democrat challenger? Can not answer that one. But, because Mr. Hoffman has done the honorable thing and taken the Conservative party banner, he has a real shot at winning this race. And sending a shot across the bow of the New York state Republican party.
On the issues, here is a snap-shot of Mr. Hoffman.
* Is against the so-called economic "stimulus" that the Dear Leader, President Obama, and congressional Democrats foisted upon the American people.
* Is against the moronic Crap and Trade bill that has been slithering around the congress.
* Is pro-life.
* Is not for same-sex marriage.
* Opposes the so-called health-care "reform" working its way through congress.
* Opposes tax-hikes to bridge the federal budget deficit.
Again, this is a snap-shot and details are on Mr. Hoffman's website.
In fact, Mrs. Scozzafava is opposite on all the issues from Mr. Hoffman.
Which leads to the obvious question.
Is not a vote for Dede Scozzafava the same as that of the Democrat Bill Owens?
Of course it is.
A vote for Doug Hoffman is a vote to send a conservative to congress.
And in this case, a conservative is much more important than a Republican.
Therefore, I urge all New York 23rd congressional district voters to vote for Doug Hoffman, Conservative for congress.