October 5th, 2010
02:55 PM ET
11 years ago

NY congressional candidate backs out

(CNN) - Republican Doug Hoffman, who split the conservative vote in last year's special election for New York's 23rd congressional district handing the seat to a Democrat, has dropped out of this November's general election for the same seat.

After losing the GOP primary last month to Matt Doheny, Hoffman decided to run as a Conservative, but on Tuesday he cleared the way for his fellow Republican.

"It was never my intention to split the Republican vote," Hoffman said in a statement. "Matt Doheny and I may have differed on some issues during the course of our primary race. Now, we must put those differences aside and do what is best for our nation."

In the statement Hoffman said it was important to take control away from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic party.

The reliably Republican district went to Democratic Rep. Bill Owens last year after Dede Scozzafava dropped out of the race shortly before the election. It was too late to remove Scozzafava's name from the ballot, and Hoffman and Scozzafava ultimately split Republican Party support.

Doheny will now face Owens in the general election. The Cook and Rothenberg Political Reports categorize the district as one that will lean Democratic in November.

Filed under: 2010 • Bill Owens • Doug Hoffman • New York
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. diridi

    N.Y please do not vote GOP thugs....just vote for any Democrat....be it cat, dog, or a lizard on my fence....Again, I am telling Pres. Obama is doing just excellent to the nation. I vote for him, if he runs in for presidency...GOP thugs want to repeal the Health care legislation, and cut on minimum wage....GOP bastards do it...just vote them out....vote for Dem...

    October 5, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  2. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Funny how this guy was the lynch pin of the "Republican takeover" last year and lost the Republican primary the next. Makes you think that Hmm maybe Sarah Palin and the rest of the lunatic Tea Party don't have a clue as to what makes a good candidate or legislator.

    October 5, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  3. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Let's not forget that Hoffman was endorsed by Palin.

    October 5, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    See what Silly Sarah has done Doug? She ruined your chances of getting elected and you still align yourself with the malicious conservative movement.

    October 5, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  5. gt

    100 new members... is the goal of the tea pary ... they might get it to...

    October 5, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  6. T'SAH from Virginia

    Where in the heck did 'LIBTARDS' come from? I'm going to start using REPTARDS for the RepubliCAN’Ts – that sounds so much better – sounds like a 'reptile, snake' and retard (and I rather say ‘special needs’ but it just doesn’t fit here) put together!!!

    So the REPTARD outsiders will try to pour money in this district in an attempt to spread more HATE in FEA!!! DEMOCRATS in NY – show what NY is all about – STICK together and ward off the WITCHES and WARLOCKS!!! IGNORE their hate-filled ADS!!!

    This is T'SAH from Virginia and I approve this message!!!

    October 5, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  7. The reality is...

    Diridi – We already have too many cat, dog and lizard Democrats in Washington; we need some more Republicans (real conservative ones – not Rinos) to restore this country to the great nation it was before the atheists, feminists, abortionists, Socialists, greedy union members, and illegals of all types got their representatives in to promote the downfall of the U.S.

    October 5, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  8. D. Bunker

    Just say no to the lying teatards and GOBPbaggers. Their fear, ignorance and lies are poisoning America and their secret funding from bashful billionaires, seeking to make America a feudal state, are corrupting our nation. Remember, if you liked the ditch they drove America into last time, you're gonna LOVE the canyon they're aiming for now.

    October 5, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  9. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Democrats are FIRED UP, READY TO GO! What will happen to the Working Class folks IF the GOP takes over? The GOP-baggers believe that the Minimum Wage is unconstitutional!

    What unconstitutional is what Sen. Jim DeMint said about wanting to prevent Gays and unwed mothers from being teachers!

    October 5, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |