When you don't have an "R" or a "D" after your name, you need some other way to win on November 3, and for Congressional hopeful Doug Hoffman, that means a better ground game.
Mr. Hoffman opened a Watertown campaign office today, one of several he is to open in the coming days in his longshot bid to win the vacant 23rd CD.
The Lake Placid CPA and part owner of Dragon and Benware CPA located in Watertown was pleased to hear I am a client of his firm. Hoffman visited yours truly at Fort Pearl after his event downtown. Republican opponent Diedre Scozzafava has already stopped by.
Mr. Hoffman was affable and interested despite the DeDe sign perched on my lawn. I view these visits as a courtesy to introduce potential Members of Congress to the individuals and issues in each town.
The Conservative Party candidate says he is increasing his media buys but also has en enthusiastic crew of followers placing signs and doing door to door.
Many Hoffman signs are up in Watertown today.
Like any 3rd party hopeful, Hoffman knows he will either fade or surge in the next two weeks....He is counting on that ground game for the surge.
Time, and the efforts of the other two candidates will tell what happens.
What is for sure is that to beat Democrat Bill Owens, either Hoffman or Scozzafave will have to slip considerably. History suggests its the third party guy who falters, but don't tell that to Governor Jesse Ventura or Senator James Buckley.