November 2nd, 2009
04:48 PM ET
13 years ago

Hoffman: NY-23 is 'unique situation'

(CNN) - Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman told CNN on Monday that battle over the congressional seat in New York's 23rd district that led to the withdrawal of the Republican candidate isn't evidence of a split within the GOP.

Hoffman called Dede Scozzafava, the Republican nominee who dropped out of the race over the weekend, an "ultra-liberal" - but denied the GOP is at war with itself, or that the race offer a glimpse what's to come in next fall's midterm elections.

There is room for moderates in the GOP, said Hoffman. "I think this was a unique situation where the candidate happened to be more Democrat than Republican," he told CNN's Mary Snow and Shirley Zilberstein. "And basically, I was fighting to stand up for the values and ideals of the Republican Party."

Before Scozzafava dropped out, Republicans were split between her and Hoffman, allowing Democrat Bill Owens to take the lead in this reliably-Republican district. Scozzafava is now backing Owens - a decision that Hoffman said "surprised" him, but shows that he's always been the "real Republican" in the race.

"Well, my candidacy has been for fighting for the soul of the Republican Party," Hoffman said. "I think the events of the last two days have shown that I have been the real Republican in this race, the real common sense conservative Ronald Reagan Republican."

Earlier in the day, Vice President Joe Biden suggested that conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh "handpick[ed]" Hoffman to run. Hoffman called that notion "ridiculous": "I've never spoken to Rush Limbaugh so I don't know where he's getting that information from."

Filed under: Doug Hoffman • GOP • NY-23
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. yuri

    The fact that Hoffman received a curt nod from Palin and Limbaugh is reason enough to make the voters and readers like us, jittery. Whether Biden has an info. on this or not, a conservative is likely to hold extreme political opinions, as wingnuts, in order to ramrod into the road of victory. That's what we are apprehensive about.

    November 2, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  2. Octomom/Hoffman 2012

    It is good that Hoffman thinks the GOP still has ideals. The soul of the new republican party is much like where we were 70 years ago.

    November 2, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  3. victim of republican greed

    I still think we will get the low down on Hoffman in some undisclosed airport restroom in the near future.

    November 2, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  4. Mike

    What is Adolf Hoffman's definition of an ultra liberal ? Someone who is not paid off by the Corporate crooks who run our country? Today Rick Sanchez exposed one of the Conservative Blue Dog democrats who oppose health care reform. The blue dog crook Sen. Baye has a wife that was paid two million dollars by the health care insurance companies. No doubt Baye was not influenced by a mere two million bucks. These crooks hide behind conservatisism, mom and apple pie. But they are just greedy crooked scum.

    November 2, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  5. Mark

    The problem with the GOP is that they where not sticking to their fiscal conservative base in the past. The NY-23 is a good reflection on kicking out the liberals claiming to be conservative.

    November 2, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  6. diridi

    new york, just go for Democratic candidate....Republican thugs messed this nation, will mess this nation, room for these GOP thugs....put dick cheney in prison...feed prison food to this idiot...

    November 2, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  7. George Bush - Worst President Ever

    The 23rd district of NY has been an economically depressed area for a long time. There isn't much industry. Many people are jobless. Who knows how many people can't afford health care. The economic "tax breaks for the rich" policies of the Republicans do not help the people in this region one bit. Yet the people there continue to vote Repbulicans in. They believe in the pro-life, no same sex marriage beliefs of the Republican party. Which is fine, except these issues wouldn't mean much to me if I couldn't feed my family. If the people of the 23rd vote in a Republican again, then they have no one to blame but themselves for their continued economic problems.

    November 2, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  8. victim of republican greed

    Limbaugh wants everyone that is not a wingnut out of the republican party. I would like to invite every moderate to join the democrats, the party of the majority of Americans.

    Charlie Crist in Florida will be screwed by his own party.

    November 2, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  9. ted

    First of all Biden is an idiot. Hoffman should take this seat. And next year many more democratic seats will be taken as people wake up to the insanity that is going on in Washington.

    November 2, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  10. Enough Said!!!!

    Palin and Limbaugh for Hoffman.....Enough Said!!!!

    November 2, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  11. Tom G

    No one should draw the conclusion that Scozzafava is liberal because she now supports Owens. Wouldn't most folks do the same when they are attacked by their own party? Maybe she is human and is doing this because she felt like they had abandoned her.

    November 2, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  12. ted

    I also wonder why people are still attacking Palin. She is not in government anymore. Could it be because of fear.

    November 2, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |

    Hoffman is to be as badly informed about the obvious split in the Republican Party and about the GOP's war with itself as he is about the issues of people in NY-23.

    Don't worry about it Hoffman.

    Just keep speaking in vague generalities and hope enough people vote for you based on what they think you represent.

    Worked for Bush in 2000.

    November 2, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  14. Andy

    There you go New York district 23. Mr Hoffman just told you that he is your only "Real Republican". So now, all of the NY-23 "Real Republicans" can calm down and kick back. Mr Hoffman has "Proclaimed" himself to be the one and only.
    He is the new "Soul" of the republican party. The sun rises and sets on him. "He be da only real manly man 'round town"!

    Don't it just make you grind your teeth when you see and hear a politician stand up and tell you with a straight face that he's the only one?

    It must be time for a beer or a stiff drink before my blood pressure rises any higher. I'm out.

    November 2, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  15. Bassman

    Hoffman believes in smaller Gov't, less taxes, strong national defense, and individual liberty. The Democrats need to tell us which of those principles they think are extreme.

    November 2, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  16. Moderate

    If Hoffman had the "ideals" of NY-23, why did the 11 county chairmen choose Dede Scozzafava for the nomination instead of his out-of-district carpetbagging?

    In the debates and interviews, Hoffman has appeared as a deer-in-headlights without a true grasp on the issues facing NY-23.

    His "ultra" far right nonsense has forced many of us moderates away from the GOP. In fact, many Americans will take a moderate Scozzafava, now Owens, any day over far right fundamentalism hijacking the GOP.

    November 2, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  17. victim of republican greed

    Hoffman looks like he may be the best candidate that millionaire lobbyist Dick Armey could buy.

    November 2, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  18. LacrosseMom

    NY-23 KNOWS what EIGHT years of a Republican president has done to our country!

    Let's send a clear message to the GOP tell them that their politics of....

    Hate, lies, fear & division are rejected again!

    November 2, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  19. duke

    hoffman will be stooge for right wingnuts of russell limbaugh and sorry palin.he will only do or say what they tell him .

    November 2, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  20. Ken

    Not a clue about any issue but he can spew Patriotism ( with a capital P)!! Well, that worked to get the U.S. into Iraq. I wonder what good it will do here?

    November 2, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  21. cm

    Just enough of a repub in Washington to say the all favorite response NAY. Wise up folks this is a special election with a bunch of far right wingnuts in an egotisical frenzy. It is a statement and should be especially to Independents and Republicans that we do not want moderates. To let people control your mind like this; you have lost your ability for rational thinking. Get off of your gloats; listen people in this district have verbalized this is not a national issue but a district issue. Only the Obama haters want to make these elections national to feel like they will gain control. To start to feel victory before the end many of a wars have been lost. This is only 09 with a a lot of 2010 elections to battle. Now we look forward to bloodier battles than the 2008 elections. People do not want to listen but to only what they want to hear and believe. If people want to contine to listen to SP, Rush and Beck and make them the faces of the GOP that is your priviledgebe prepared for the consquences.

    November 2, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  22. Check Yourself

    Unbelievable! Biden LIES, and tries to promote Owens by FEAR in the last minutes of the campaign...

    ...And nobody in the media calls him out!!!

    November 2, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  23. T'SAH from Virginia

    YES you are at war with yourself and the FAR RIGHT will lose!!! HOFFMAN represents the far right and if he gets enough votes to WIN – then the entire county thinks like PALIN, LIMBAUGH and the rest of the HOODLUMS!!! This says NOTHING for 2010 and 2012!!!

    I bet Hoffman would LOSE – and this still says NOTHING about the REPUBLICAN'TS!!!

    November 2, 2009 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |