Its always a good thing to have a third party rough up your opponent for you and if that's the Tea Party folks, then so be it. Spending and deficits will be a dominant issue in 2010 and Rep. Bill Owens is in league with Team Pelosi.
They know it too....That's why Mr. Owens was allowed by the Speaker to vote no on a bill to expand the federal borrowing authorization. Often, a candidate who needs cover is allowed to vote against the leadership when they have enough votes anyway.
The Tea Party groups may feel an affinity towards candidate Doug Hoffman because he is the best known candidate. The other Republicans had best work this group. The Tea Party is not an actual party or group like a labor union. Its an amorphous feeling among voters upset over the growth of government and the spending that is staggering in scope.
What is interesting is that the North Country has become a fan of big government, so there is a constituency for more spending. The anti soda tax rally in Ogdensburg on Thursday showed me there are people who in this year are motivated to vote....but comments on this blog in favor of this silly tax tell me a campaign against spending and taxes is not a winning issue with everyone.
Ironically, the same anti tax tally in the 'Burg also featured people opposed to the closing of a local prison, pointing out the dichotomy between those frustrated by big spending but adicted to it as well.
In any event, look for Mr.Owens to say he was against expansion of the federal debt.
The Press Republican - Article: Tea Party attacks Bill Owens