Dick Armey was gracious enough to trek up to the North Country to help out Doug Hoffman, the conservative candidate running against Dede Scozzafava and Bill Owens in the campaign for NY23. Armey and Hoffman held a joint press conference in Watertown and a second presser down in Syracuse today.
Armey explains his break from Newt Gingrich to endorse Doug Hoffman. (The true Republican in the race.)
Doug Hoffman tells the crowd “We have had enough!”
Hoffman explains how jobs are created.
“I got into this race to win it,” 23rd District congressional candidate Doug Hoffman said today at a press conference here when asked if he was surprised by his recent surge in the upstate New York special election. “Most of all, I’m surprised by the support we’re getting nationwide. . . . It’s overwhelming. I never expected it.”
Indeed, as endorsements have poured in — and Michelle Malkin and other conservatives have begun to demand the withdrawal of liberal Republican candidate Dede Scozzafava — the momentum in NY23 appears to have shifted decisively toward Hoffman.
Hoffman appeared this afternoon with former House Majority Leader Dick Armey at a press conference in front of the Federal Building in Syracuse, where the Conservative Party candidate endorsed the flat tax. “Even though I’m a CPA, the flat tax is the way to create an environment for economic growth,” said Hoffman, noting that simplifying the tax code would result in a substantial loss of tax-preparation business for his firm.
Armey said that Scozzafava lost the election “the day she was elected,” since her record and policy stances place her far outside the mainstream of the conservative 23rd District. Armey expressed the hope that “the Republicans will learn a lesson” from the defeat of Scozzafava. . . .
Some local coverage of the campaign:
Bill Carey (who goes to my dentist) did a report for News10Now about Hoffman.Then he segued into a short interview with SU’s Jeff Stonecash who is writing a book about how conservatives have hurt the GOP in the Northeast. I guess it never occurred to him that the GOP has hurt the GOP by spurning conservatives in the Northeast.
RS McCain, who is staying in the area, went to Watertown today and spent some time at the Watertown Daily Times. They believe the national attention is distracting from local issues. They aren’t satisfied with Hoffman’s response to questions about a rooftop highway connecting Watertown to Plattsburgh. If you’ve ever driven from Watertown to Plattsburgh you’d wish there was a rooftop highway connecting the two cities. But whoever wins this election will represent more than just Watertown. Residents of Cazenovia and Chittenango probably don’t hold the same passion for the St. Lawerence Seaway and a rooftop highway to Plattsburgh as folks in the North Country. Some of their questions are valid, but they mostly just shine a light on what’s wrong in Washington. All politics is local, and everyone wants their representative to bring home the bacon. Wouldn’t it be better if the bacon stayed at home in the first place, to be apportioned as we see fit rather than whatever party happens to be in power in DC? I think Hoffman gets that.
Update: News 10 Now will be re-running an interview with Dick Armey at 11:30 tonight. For the out of towners – that’s channel 10;)