PLATTSBURGH—Mayor Don Kasprzak was one of the first Republican officials to openly endorse Doug Hoffman over Dede Scozzafava (before her candidacy collapsed) in his bid for Congress, and is warning there might be “challenges” for other Republicans who were late to, or have not yet arrived at, the party.
“Oh, I’m pretty 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
ALBANY—What role did Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava’s strong support of same-sex marriage play in the collapse of her Congressional bid?
“It was pretty significant,” said Jason McGuire, who lobbies against same-sex marriage in New York (and has been on the payroll of Doug Hoffman for several weeks). He noted that conservative groups–including the National Read More
ALBANY—Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said he would give a “warm welcome” to Dede Scozzafava if she were to switch into his conference.
Scozzafava ended her congressional bid Saturday and, after talking with Representative Steve Israel, Silver, Chuck Schumer and Andrew Cuomo, decided to endorse the Democratic Party’s candidate Bill Owens on Sunday. Republican leaders Read More
ALBANY—Now that Dede Scozzafava is out of the race to replace John McHugh in Congress, the New York chapter of the National Organization of Women has put out a statement saying that what happened to her was “a setback for the women, especially Republican women–and moderates in general.”
Marcia Pappas, the organization’s Read More
ALBANY—An Election Eve poll finds Doug Hoffman has taken a five point lead over Bill Owens, his remaining opponent to replace John McHugh in Congress, a six-point surge over the weekend as Owens’ support remained stagnant.
Forty-one percent of the 606 “likely voters” surveyed on Sunday by Siena College said they favor Hoffman Read More
ALBANY—Prominent Republicans are saying that Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava betrayed the party when she endorsed Bill Owens, the Democratic Party’s pick to replace John McHugh in Congress, and there’s a possibility Scozzafava will be dressed down in her legislative conference.
“After the campaign’s over with we’ll be sitting down with Dede and having Read More