In the winter, we in Northern New York are fond of saying, "If you don't like the weather, just wait a minute....it will all change."
So it is with the race for the 23rd Congressional District, as Republican Diedre Scozzafava stood down in the face of a campaign gone awry and fading in the polls.
Rather than ride the GOP ticket to a third place finish, she has freed up her voters to support Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman.
With all the hype of a liberal-conservative schism, Scozzafava and Hoffman did agree on some principles.
Opposition to government run health care...opposition to the onerous cap and trade policy....a committment to private sector job creation and a strong support of the military and in particular Fort Drum.
These are all things I heard DeDe articulate in the last two weeks and they are in sync with Doug Hoffman.
Peering through the fog of attack ads, the central issue of the Hoffman campaign is fiscal responsibility. America is on the verge of an economic calamity.
Doug Hoffman wants to advocate for less spending and an end to the insane policies of stimulus and bailout that are the equivalent of generational theft we will live with for years to come.
I know many of the people who are supporting Doug Hoffman. They are people of substance , some from here in Jefferson County who will help maintain the quality constituent work we have come to expect. I am confident the Congressional staff will be consistent with what we have received in the past.
Doug Hoffman's surging campaign is the result of a free people's desire to preserve the America they grew up with....A land of immense opportunity that allows people like Doug Hoffman to live the American Dream.
There is a misguided attempt to label him an idealogue. I have met and talked to all three candidates. None of them are extremists. Doug Hoffman has stressed the issue of fiscal responsibility, and has not attempted to make hay over issues he would never have to vote on.
The other option in this race is a surrogate candidate for the current House and Senate leadership and their policies of spend and tax and borrow and then spend some more. This I feel is a wrong course for my country.
What was most reassuring about the Scozzafava candidacy was her knowledge of our area. I am convinced Doug Hoffman will learn about and care about us.
He will represent us well in Congress and I will support him on Tuesday.
I ask you consider doing the same.