This sort of bubbled up on Friday's HOTLINE show when Green Party Congressional candidate Donald Hassig urged his voters to vote for Rep. Bill Owens if they thought the race would be close. Well, the Siena poll says its a dead heat, so Mr. Hassig has gone a step further, telling the Glens Falls Post Star he is voting for Mr. Owens and formally endorses him.
Amidst rants of "frack you" and "kicking ass" of corporate America, Mr. Hassig ended up being just another Democrat. (I am not sure if the Dems agree with Mr. Hassig's call for a 'friendly takeover of Canada)
The unfortunate part of this is that the Green Party works hard to provide an alternative such as they have in Syracuse where their candidate has actually campaigned and participated in debates.
Accepting a party nomination and then repudiating it at the last minute to endorse someone else has happened before to Mr. Owens.
In 2009 then Assemblywoman Diedre Scozzafava was the Republican nominee and on the weekend before the election repudiated the GOP and endorsed the Democrat.
Hassig endorses Owens