Political upstart Matt Doheny is picking up endorsements of establishment Republicans, while his opponent's campaign is dismissing the nods as the machine spurning Doug Hoffman just as they did last year when insiders backed Diedre Scozzafava.
Doheny is plodding along throughout the district currying favor with the political rainmakers, who may or may not be as important as they used to be but still are the ones who play a big part in the nominating of candidates. Last year's results showed they are less important as November approaches. The GOP candidate last year drew a paltry 5% in the general election for Congress in NY23.
Through the Hoffman house organ "Whats Up NY23" the suggestion is floated this morning that the endorsements are bought and paid for, a clear effort to suggest Doheny's wealth is being used in an untoward manner. In NNY, the local pols don't get a bag of money...just a little attention....But to a broader public skeptical of money and politics, the Hoffman strategy is clear. (Actually none of the three candidates in the race can lay claim to being 'po as a church mouse.)
The endorsements and momentum-building announcements is an effort by Doheny to take Hoffman out long before the September primary and lock down the minor party Conservative line as well. If this race goes to September with Hoffman on the "D" line and Doheny winning a Republican primary, the simple one on one showdown with Rep. Bill Owens will be blurred.
Doheny is stroking Independence Party folks as well with a breaking of bread later today with Jefferson County Chairman John Rice.
Doheny also has media support with another editorial in the Watertown paper this week bashing Hoffman.
Its easy to see Doheny, who comes from Alexandria Bay, will be dominant in the western portions of the district where a majority of the people live. He also has been visiting everywhere else. Its hard to see how Doug Hoffman comes out ahead when no one is publicly backing him or appearing with him.
Granted, its a good year to run against the establishment, but at some point you need an entourage. It will be interesting to watch the Hoffman effort develop. He has capable advisors and surely did not expect to be the darling of either the chairs or the Watertown Times. Neither backed him last year and he still scored 46%. Replicating that will be difficult, but I guess he thinks it can be done.Team
Doheny Wins Endorsements in NY-23