The Return of the Original Tea Party Candidate

He's back. Call it Doug Hoffman, the sequel. The self-described man of the people with a half million dollar car collection and the original Tea Party candidate endorsed by Sarah Palin and Dick Armey among others has bought a home in the New York Twenty-Third Congressional District and has announced on his website his decision to seek the seat currently held by Democrat Bill Owens.

From The Gouverneur Times:

During an interview Tuesday with the Gouverneur Times, Hoffman admits "I've been campaigning behind the scenes."

Hoffman's candidacy letter seems to support his statement. "Back in January I commissioned a poll. The results were encouraging. The poll showed that 74% of Republicans who vote in primaries thought I should run again. 71% thought I could win back the congressional seat in next November’s election. But, perhaps more importantly, the vast majority of Republicans said they would cast their vote for me in a Republican primary," Hoffman writes.

"I'm the only candidate who can unite Republicans, Conservatives and Independents," Hoffman proclaims.

It should be remembered that after conceding the race, the eccentric millionaire unconceded on Glenn Beck's radio program blaming his loss on Acorn and unions from outside the district. An odd charge especially since he didn't even live in the district at the time, an oversight which he has apparently corrected.

On the Trail: NY-23 and Texas

Two updates on races around the country.

NY-23 Congressional District
After conceding the NY-23 congressional race to Democrat Bill Owens for the second time last week, the darling of the Tea Party crowd Doug Hoffman has announced his intention to run again for the seat in 2010. More at CNN.

Texas Governor's Race
Fort Worth attorney and former US Ambassador Tom Schieffer dropped out the Texas governor's race earlier this week and urged the remaining Democratic candidates to unite behind Houston Mayor Bill White as the party's best chance to beat whoever emerges from the Rick Perry versus Kay Bailey Hutchison Republican primary. Schieffer was the first major candidate to enter the Democratic primary race for governor but struggled to ignite enthusiasm for his candidacy. The race for the Democratic nomination has drawn several lesser known second-tier candidates including Austin author Kinky Friedman, Fort Worth educator Felix Alvarado, Whitehouse rancher Hank Gilbert and Houston hair care magnate Farouk Shami, who has pledged to put $10 million of his own money into the race. Alvarado and Shami are political novices making their first run for office; Friedman ran for Governor in 2006 as an independent while Gilbert was the Democratic candidate for Texas Agricultural Commissioner in 2006.

Houston Mayor Bill White is currently seeking the US Senate seat now held by Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison but there are expectations growing that he may switch and run for Texas Governor. More from the Fort Worth Star Telegram.

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NY-23: Hoffman Concedes Again

Just over a week after unconceding the race in the NY-23 and after charging electoral fraud, the Conservative Party candidate and Tea Party darling Doug Hoffman has again conceded the race. It's enough to give one whiplash. From Politico:

"Yesterday, the remaining ballots were counted in the 23rd Congressional District special election. The results re-affirm the fact that Bill Owens won," Hoffman said in a statement this afternoon.

"Since, the morning of November 4th, many of my supporters have asked me to challenge the outcome of this race. Their concerns centered on the veracity of the new voting machines used, for the first time, in the majority of the eleven counties that make up the Congressional District. Over the past three weeks, we nearly cut Bill Owens' lead in half. Sadly, that is not enough."

As of Monday, Democrat William Owens leads the race by 3,397 votes, with 628 absentee ballots left to be counted. Mr. Owens led, according to unofficial election night results, by 5,335 votes, but a recheck of the machine vote in the 11-county district put the gap at 2,864 votes. The Democrat has added 533 votes during counting of absentee, emergency and affidavit ballots, which started November 17th. That's right, Hoffman actually lost ground as the absentees were tallied.

Congressman Owens now has 72,711 total votes, or 48.3 percent, while Hoffman has 69,314 votes, or 46 percent. Republican Dede Scozzafava, who suspended her campaign three days before Election Day after being hounded by the Tea Party set, has 8,619 votes, or 5.7 percent.

In his written concession, Hoffman made no mention of the electoral fraud charges that he leveled last week.

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NY-23: Hoffman Suggests Election Fraud

A few days ago, Doug Hoffman, the Conservative candidate in NY-23 special election retracted his concession after the routine post-election recanvassing of votes across the district showed Democratic Rep. Bill Owens' margin of victory narrowing. He did so at the urging of Fox talk show host Glen Beck and live on his program. The darling of the Tea Party set and endorsed by Sarah Palin, Doug Hoffman originally conceded after trailing Bill Owens by 5,335 votes, but further counts showed him narrowing the gap and trailing by 3,176 votes. A recent count of absentee ballots in three counties showed Hoffman still trailing by 2,951. To reverse the results, Hoffman would need to win 65 percent of the remaining absentee ballots. Not impossible but certainly a tall order.

But Hoffman on his website is now openly claiming that the election was stolen.

As evidence surfaces, we find out that reported results from election night were far from accurate. ACORN and the unions did their best to try and sway the results to Obamacare supporter Bill Owens.

I was forced to concede after receiving two pieces of grim news - - down 5,335 votes with 93 percent of the vote counted on election night - and barely won my stronghold in Oswego County.

On Election Night, the information we received was far different from what we received this week!

Rest assured, they will not succeed, and I am therefore revoking my statement of concession.

That is why I am writing you today. Recent developments leave me to wonder who is scheming behind closed doors, twisting arms and stealing elections from the voters of NY-23.

I'm sure you are as dismayed as I am to learn of the mischief that took place in Oswego and neighboring counties. We know this would not be the first time for the ACORN faithful to tamper with democracy.

Now it's time to actually count every legal ballot and I need your help to ensure the people of NY-23 get the Congressman THEY ELECTED. Please donate now to help me ensure every vote is counted!

A recanvassing in the 11-county district shows Owens' lead has narrowed to 3,026. In Oswego County, I was reported to lead by only 500 votes with 93 percent of the vote counted election night, but inspectors found I actually won by 1,748 votes

Let's force them keep this recanvassing active! Let's give this election a chance to end differently!

Oswego County elections officials blame the mistakes on "chaos" in their call-in center that included a phone system foul-up, and on inspectors who read numbers incorrectly when phoning in results. This sounds like a tactic right from the ACORN playbook.

The district's second biggest voter turnout was in Jefferson County, where I had also benefited from a turnaround since election night, gaining another 700 votes. Owens led by 300 votes on the final election night tally, but after recanvassing, I'm now leading by 424 votes.

Jerry Eaton, the Republican elections commissioner for Jefferson County, said inspectors found a problem in four districts where my vote total was mistakenly entered as zero.

The new vote totals mean the race will be decided by absentee ballots, of which the state Board of Elections distributed about 10,200.

The people of NY-23 deserve to have their ballots counted properly, but we can't let ACORN or the unions keep that from happening. They have more lawyers and more experience tampering with democracy. State Board of Elections Communications Director John Conklin said the state sent a letter to the House Clerk last week explaining that no winner had been determined in the 23rd District.

Now it's time to actually count every legal ballot and I need your help to ensure the people of NY-23 get the Congressman THEY ELECTED. Please donate now to help me ensure every vote is counted!

We need to make sure that fair elections are a reality in NY-23, just like our Founding Fathers envisioned. So long as we remain the "land of the free," we MUST ensure every vote is counted. Help us today so we may be the first of many conservative victories during the Obama Regime.

When all else fails, blame ACORN and the unions. Last I checked, neither ACORN nor any unions are involved in counting ballots. It's more nonsense from the paranoid right. When conservatives can't explain events, they resort to conspriacy theories that involve "scheming behind closed doors and twisting arms."

That's not sitting well with election officials. Jerry O. Eaton, Jefferson County Republican elections commissioner, called Mr. Hoffman's assertion “absolutely false” adding that No one has touched those ballots or has access to those ballots except board of elections staff - and in a bipartisan manner."

Finally, the Watertown Daily Times reports that "Mr. Hoffman trails Rep. William L. Owens, D-Plattsburgh, by 2,832 votes after 42.6 percent of absentee ballots districtwide were reported Wednesday. Officials are expected to count the 4,262 ballots remaining by Monday."

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NY-23- Union Members Help Beat Back Right-Wing

Dennis Affinati, business manager of Electrical Workers Local 910 in Watertown, N.Y.,--located near the Canadian border--doesn't turn his back on his friends.  

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