SARANAC LAKE—Doug Hoffman and his supporters gathered here to proclaim a great victory, the first peak in a populist right-wing movement that would sweep the ruling class out of office starting with a win in this Congressional district. Instead, they came up short, settling with a campaign that asserted conservative dominance over the Read More
SARANAC LAKE—It looks like Doug Hoffman came up short in his bid for Congress.
With a majority of precincts reporting, the Democratic Party’s Bill Owens maintained a lead of over 3,000 votes.
“It looks like it’s over. Democrats were able to deliver St. Lawrence big. Jefferson County was considered the bellwether and Read More
SARANAC LAKE—A Democratic lawyer who has obtained a court order impounding all paper ballot results said he doesn’t expect a final result tonight.
“What’s significant in terms of tonight, by our count, there are going to be about 14,000 pieces of paper out there tonight, be they military, absentee, federal special Read More
SARANAC LAKE—June O’Neill, the Executive Committee chair of the state Democratic Party, says that the race to replace John McHugh in Congress is not a public verduct on Barack Obama’s administration.
“No, it’s not a referendum on Obama,” she told me Tuesday afternoon. “It wasn’t a referendum on Obama in New York 20 and Read More
PLATTSBURGH—Both sides in the race to replace John McHugh in Congress are working the polling places, and not without some friction.
Sean Hennessey, the Jefferson County Democratic chairman and elections commissioner said he was making the rounds to polling places and described the turnout as “not tremendous, but relatively high for an off-year election.” Read More
PLATTSBURGH—The first thing Roger Metzger asked me was whether I liked almonds. The second was whether I was working for Doug Hoffman.
Metzger’s café–Quiche et Crepe–is located next to Hoffman’s field office in this lakeside city, and he’s seen an uptick in business from the volunteers. A needed one, he says, since the closure Read More
PLATTSBURGH—Here’s Bill Owens’ closing argument in his Congressional bid, delivered after he cast his vote this morning at the South Plattsburgh Recreation Center.
“I think that people have a clear choice at this time. We can go backwards into the Bush agenda, which includes tax cuts for the very wealthy, privatization of social security Read More
PLATTSBURGH—The door to Bill Owens’ Durkee Street war room is marked with marker on a white board, probably because it was working against him until this Saturday.
I found half a dozen members of NYSUT and the AFL-CIO there, making calls in a fourth-floor conference center next to a pile of glossy door-hangers, water bottles Read More
PLATTSBURGH—Here’s a new theme of the Owens campaign: vote for me because I’m not one of those horrible people who are mistreating Dede Scozzafava.
The Democratic Party’s congressional candidate interrupted a supporter at the Clinton County Democratic headquarters here on Route 3 to call comments made by radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh “obscene.” This Read More
ALBANY—Dede Scozzafava has cut a robocall for Bill Owens.
The full script is below, but Scozzafava says Owens will be “the only candidate who can build upon John McHugh’s lasting legacy in Congress.”
Scozzafava endorsed Owens on Sunday. The robocall does not mention Hoffman–now backed by the Republican establishment–but does emphasize the race Read More