Remember Doug Hoffman, the Republican who ran on the Conservative Party ticket in last year's special election in NY-23 against Democrat Bill Owens and Vichy Republican Dede Scozzafava? Hoffman was supported by Sarah Palin and conservative groups such as the Club for Growth and the Tea Party. Had the traitorous Scozzafava not dropped out of the race the weekend before the election and endorsed Owens, Hoffman would have likely won.
Fast forward to this year's race in the same district, and watch Hoffman give an object lesson in what it means to have "class":
Doug Hoffman has dropped out of the race to represent New York's 23rd Congressional District.Attention Vichy Republicans Lisa Murkowski, Charlie Crist, et al. This is how it is done.
Hoffman's name will still appear on the ballot on the Conservative line; however, Hoffman said Tuesday morning that he wants his supporters to vote for Republican Matt Doheny.
"Our nation is at a crossroads, and it is imperative that on Election Day we wrest control of Congress from Nancy Pelosi and the Democrat majority," Hoffman said in a prepared statement. "It was never my intention to split the Republican vote."
Hoffman, a certified public accountant and businessman who lives in Saranac Lake, ran against Doheny in a Republican primary.
Now, Hoffman has decided to back Doheny.
"Matt Doheny and I may have differed on some issues during the course of our primary race," Hoffman said. "Now, we must put those differences aside and do what is best for our nation."
"My reaction is, Doug has done the right and noble thing," said Mark Barie, chairman of the Upstate New York Tea Party, when informed of Doug Hoffman's decision. "By suspending his campaign, he is giving Matt Doheny a clear shot at the incumbent, Mr. Owens, and increased the likelihood that Matt Doheny will be victorious on Nov. 2."
"This had to be a difficult decision for Doug," Barie said. "He earned the right to be our next congressman. But for a poor choice of campaign staff, he might well have been our next congressman. I don't blame Doug for that, I blame his staff still. I compliment him on a wise choice that had to be painful, but a wise choice nonetheless."
Related: Speaking of Murkowski, the Princess of Pork Projects is trying her hand at censorship. We always suspected she was a Democrat in GOP clothing. Now we're convinced. This kind of stuff is right out of their Alinsky playbook.