October 23rd, 2009
01:46 PM ET
10 years ago

Major cash haul for conservative third-party candidate in NY

Hoffman is pulling in big money ahead of the special election in New York's 23rd congressional district.

Hoffman is pulling in big money ahead of the special election in New York's 23rd congressional district.

(CNN) - Doug Hoffman - the conservative third party candidate running in upstate New York's closely watched special congressional election - raked in $116,000 in the last 24 hours, a campaign spokesman confirmed to CNN.

The cash haul came the same day former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin made a surprise endorsement in the race, voicing her support of Hoffman over the Republican Party's nominee, Dede Scozzafava.

But Hoffman spokesman Rob Ryan said much of the cash came before Palin made her endorsement public Wednesday evening, and is more a sign of the campaign's growing momentum in the race's final days. Other conservatives have also recently aligned behind Hoffman, including former Rep. Dick Armey, former Sen. Rick Santorum, and Rep. Michele Bachmann.

In recent weeks, conservative activists have launched massive online efforts urging supporters to donate to Hoffman in the race's final days to send a message to Republican Party leadership.

"It's sort of like what you saw with Obama…when you hit a certain critical mass of media attention, and the bloggers writing about you and everything else, it starts driving the money," said Ryan.

The election to fill the House seat for New York's 23rd district arose after former Republican Rep. John M. McHugh resigned the post to become secretary of the army. The campaign has exposed division amongst the GOP over whether to support the more moderate Republican candidate or the upstart third-party challenger whose stances are more in line with those of the conservative base.

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soundoff (192 Responses)
  1. Darth Vadik, CA

    Do you know what a third party candidate is?

    The first loser in a race.

    PS Even if by some miracle we do get a third party in the US, how long before their arty leaders sell out and betray the people who voted for them. I'll stick with the less insane party, the Democrats.

    October 23, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  2. John Christensen

    Finally there is something I can support Sarah "The Quitter" Palin in.....further splitting and marginalizing the Republican Party. If they didn't deserve all the bad things happening to them, one could almost feel sorry for the Right. Everytime Palin opens her mouth or Rush spews more hate (I wouild mention Beck here, but I think everyone, even the Right understands he kind of a joke), the Right cringes and the rest of us realize just how out of touch that 20% of the population really is.

    October 23, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  3. Jobless Recovery

    Libs now make fun of his teeth? Let's get the Obama hate machine going. Here are Obama's enemies:
    – Anyone who disagrees with him (they must be racists)
    – Solvency- 1.42 Trillion in debt
    – Fox News
    – Rush Limbaugh
    – Private companies, he privatizes them
    – Hoffmans teeth
    This Obama is a change. He's a chicago socialist thug. 2012 will be the real change.

    October 23, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  4. mike.texas

    I wonder what the" Right Wing Entertainment Channel"(foxnews) thinks.

    October 23, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  5. Steve

    Can someone please tell me what party Mr. Hoffman is being nominated by? The entire article and all of the comments use the term "third party candidate" as if there was just three parties. Since there are many more, i would like to know if he is a Constitution Party, Libertarian Party, Coomunist Party, Socialist Party, or what party. Well, I can tell from the term conservative that he is probably not Communist or American Socialist partiy, but that really does not tell me much.

    October 23, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  6. ross berg-buffalo ny

    Be careful what you wish for. With support from nut jobs like Michelle Bachmann he may wish the race had stayed local in nature.

    She's a real wing nut and can only hurt him.

    October 23, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  7. Four and The Door

    Sarah Palin is brilliant in her grasp and ability to act on what government is supposed to be in America. If she endorses Doug Hoffman he must be very sharp.

    The expensive, unproductive, paralyzed mess the Federal Government has become since 1/20/2009 is a very good argument against the effectiveness of liberal governance.

    October 23, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  8. Jose N.

    I just contributed to Doug Hoffman's campaign! We need conservatives like Hoffman to counteract the detrimental policies of Obama/Pelosi/Reid. No more leftists!

    October 23, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  9. Joyce Becker

    Who cares who that Alaskan nit-wit endorses, she doesn't know anything anyway.

    October 23, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  10. W l Jones

    Say what you want about Ms. Palin ! she is helping the economy by bring in big buck wherever she go... so let her be...

    October 23, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    my goodness I hope Palin offers him some of her Crest Whitestrips.

    October 23, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  12. ProudLib

    When your political Peanut Gallery consists of Sarah Palin, Dick Armey, Rick Santorum and Michelle Bachman, you'll get plenty of conservative blog-yak ... and that's all you'll get. No wins, no career advancement, nothing except the support of the far right who'll never win an election again.

    October 23, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  13. Mike, Albany

    His teeth are about as decayed and rotting as his party and its viewpoint.

    October 23, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  14. Tom in Delaware

    Allright! Let's hear it for the Tea Party candidate!

    Set'em all straight Doug!

    October 23, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  15. Michael

    Personally, i think Gingrich was being politically smart to endorse the moderate Republican in the race, because they could have a chance to hold that seat. On the other hand, nutjobs like Palin and others are sucking up to Hoffman because he might be as loony as she, Bachmann, Steve King, and some others are. As a Democrat, it's very enchanting to watch these clowns trying to get rid of the centrists in their party, however it's very sad.

    October 23, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  16. ERM

    Wow, Palin, Bachmann, and Santorum.

    Is there a prize for getting the wingnut trifecta?

    October 23, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  17. Tanbiker2

    Never heard of Hoffman before, but if Sarah Palin likes him then we all know he is an ultra right wing weirdo extremist.

    October 23, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
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