PLATTSBURGH - Lake Placid accountant Doug Hoffman has made it crystal clear who he will vote for in this fall's congressional election.
Speaking before a small crowd at Legends Bistro in Plattsburgh Thursday, Hoffman gave his "unqualified support and endorsement" to Watertown businessman Matt Doheny.
Doheny is running against incumbent Democrat Bill Owens to represent New York's new 21st Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Doheny won the Republican primary over Kellie Greene Tuesday, and his name will also appear on the Conservative and Independence party lines.
Doug Hoffman, right, endorses fellow Republican Matt Doheny for Congress today in Plattsburgh. Hoffman, a Lake Placid accountant, ran against Doheny and incumbent U.S. Rep. Bill Owens two years ago and remained on the ballot even after he pulled out of the race, drawing thousands of votes that might have made up the slim margin by which Owens beat Doheny. Hoffman also ran for the job in 2009, losing to Owens after Republican Dede Scozzafava dropped out and endorsed Owens.
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Hoffman said Doheny will fight to reduce wasteful government spending and repeal the Affordable Care Act.
"The future of our country is too important to remain silent," Hoffman said. "Bill Owens is mortgaging our children's and our grandchildren's future, and he must be stopped. Matt Doheny is exactly the type of guy who can stop him and bring fiscal sanity back to Washington."
Hoffman ran against Doheny and Owens two years ago and remained on the ballot even after he pulled out of the race, drawing thousands of votes that might have made up the slim margin by which Owens beat Doheny. Hoffman also ran for the job in 2009, losing to Owens after Republican Dede Scozzafava dropped out and endorsed Owens.
Hoffman was on the ballot's Conservative Party line in both 2009 and 2010.
Hoffman endorsed Doheny in 2010, but this time he wants to make sure his old supporters get behind him. Doheny said he and Hoffman are looking forward, not dwelling on past differences.
"We're honored that Doug's with us today and throwing his full support behind my candidacy," Doheny said.
Bill Brudvig, a Republican voter from Plattsburgh, said seeing Hoffman and Doheny stand side-by-side was a big deal for him.
"In the last two election cycles, Owens has won without a plurality of the vote - less than 50 percent - because we had third-party candidates," he said. "This time, with Hoffman's support and the Conservative Party's support, Doheny should get over 50 percent and become the congressman."
Ray Scollin of Saranac Lake campaigned for Hoffman in 2009 and 2010. He said he spoke with Hoffman before signing up to work for Doheny this year.
"I felt it was very evident that Doug would end up doing what was best for the party, for the district - and that's what we say today," Scollin said.
November's election may have a third-party effect, but this time it could hurt Owens: Environmental and health advocate Donald Hassig of Colton will appear on the Green Party line in November.
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