The editorial board of the Watertown Times took another whack at the pinata today by suggesting that Doug Hoffman is not a man of his word...Translated, that means he is a liar, liar, pants on fire.
Mr. Hoffman says he will continue to actively campaign for Congress on the Conservative Party line even though he lost the GOP primary to Matt Doheny. First, I doubt he will really do much and since his name is on the ballot anyway, there is no way he could "drop out."
With a relative paucity of funds and no affinity for actually running a campaign, his best bet is to cultivate the free media and insist on any debates out there.....However, since he has consistently refused to do a program as low key as the HOTLINE, can he even take advantage of the most rudimentary ways of reaching an audience ? I don't think so.
The Doheny high command thinks he will fade away and draw only 5%, and they feel Rep. Owens is so crippled by his ties to Speaker Pelosi that he will fail to reach 40%....I think that's a tad optimistic, but I don't have any polling data, so my views are a guess.
Getting back to the liar charge. Major party candidates always lie when they sign the acceptance statement to get on a minor party line. I view the acceptance as a pledge to the party members who signed your petition that you will represent them......
If you failed to do so, thats a lie.
Now, Mr. Hoffman did say he would support the GOP nominee last year, who was chosen by a split decision in a back room. Whether he lied or changed his mind after more thoughtful consideration is up to you folks to decide.
A lie implies an overt effort to mislead or deceive. He has said all along he will run on the Conservative line, so that's what he is doing.
Remember a thing about these minor party lines and the cross-endorse, or fusion voting that creates these situations....The major party's created the system and use it to their advantage all along....When someone has the tumerity to not play by their rules, they and their media acolytes get all pissy about it.....
My advice to those worried about the Conservative Party and its nominee...Get over it and go win the election.
Watertown Daily Times Hoffman's decision