In a move Republicans hope will lead to the election of Matt Doheny as Congressman, Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman has ended his efforts and is urging supporters to back Mr. Doheny.
In a statement from his Adirondack home, Mr. Hoffman says he wants to block the relection of Rep. Bill Owens and that his differences with Mr. Doheny are minor.
The Doheny campaign had hoped once the embers from the hot primary race had cooled, Mr Hoffman might reconsider his third party bid.
Hoffman ran as the Conservative nominee last year, garnering 46% and this year he lost the GOP primary 51-49 despite Doheny's 12 to one spending edge.
Chatter among the political class has been that with Hoffman standing down, Doheny enjoys a double digit lead....A spate of negative ads by Mr. Owens suggests that might indeed be the case.
The 40 year old Doheny is a native of Alexandria Bay and lives in Watertown.
Both Mr. Owens and Mr Doheny are in Watertown today at separate events....Of course, Watertown is the most populous city in NY 23 and considered the rightful capital of the sprawling district.
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