With residency apparently gone as an issue, the rub against Doug Hoffman will increasingly become 'party loyalty'.
Party leaders and media will keep asking, "will you support the Republican nominee coming out of the September primary ?"
It's like Hoffman should care after last year 95% of voters said they didn't care who the Republican nominee was.
Fact is party loyalty is pretty musch reserved to the chairs and patronage employees....Most everyone else doesn't care and the emergence ot Tea Parties is further evidence of it.
The issue of loyalty arises from the state's Conservative Party, whose leader Mike Long has already said Hoffman will get the party nod in July when Wilson/Pakulas are issued.
What's a Wilson/Pakula ? That's an out-of-party authorization that allows a non-party member to run in a primary for that party. The law that creates this process is named after the sponsors of the bill.
The authorization process amplifies the power of party leaders as the only way to counter it is to find a party member to run in a primary. That's not easy to do in a Congressional race.
!"......But he cannot come off the line.
So what are the options for Matt Doheny ?
If the Conservative line is a goner, he could chase other minor party lines like the Independence Party (insert MacKay for Long in that process). He could raise the issue of the radical connections of the Working Families Party and why its nominees might deserve some added scrutiny.
Or he could concentrate on making the GOP line worth something (it was worthless last year). Doheny could try to win the GOP primary by a decent margin and quit demanding that Hoffman stand down.
Few of us care. We want to hear about what you will do to influence the Congress to regain its fiscal senses.
Watertown Daily Times Hoffman's remarks rankle Republicans