Morning Read, Upstate: Like Blowing Up the Republican Caucus

Happy Election Day!

In NY-23, Doug Hoffman is leading in two polls, but pollster Steve Greenberg said the race is “wide open.”

“Moderates by definition have no principles,” Limbaugh, a Hoffman supporter, said on his radio show.

Limbaugh also accused Dede Scozzafava, a moderate Republican who endorsed Democrat Bill Owens, of “widespread beastiality.” Below is a video of Hoffman declining to react to the comment.

“They may not have any room for moderate views in the Republican Party upstate anymore, but let me assure you, we have room,” Vice President Joe Biden said in Watertown.

Biden and Sarah Palin sparred.

Assemblywoman Janet Duprey backed Hoffman.

Another friend of Scozzafava, Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward, said she’ll decide in the voting booth.

Giuliani robocalled, and Fred Thompson held a rally for Hoffman.

“Tomorrow you’re going to shake the foundations of Washington D.C.,” Thompson told supporters in Watertown.

“If Hoffman wins this, it will be like dropping a bomb into the center of the Republican caucus,” David Keene, head of the American Conservative Union, said. “Conservative leaders are standing up and saying, ‘On to Florida.'”

John Boehner said he regretted his previous support of Scozzafava.

He told CNN we’re in the middle of a “political rebellion” by “people who really have not been actively involved in the political process. And they don’t really care whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican. They want to see people who are going to stand up and protect the future for our kids and grandkids.”

The Plattsburgh Press-Republican urges people to vote.

Two constitutional questions are also on the ballot.

David Paterson wants to end the parole credit loop hole.

The Commission on Public Integrity will explore why whether he improperly solicited Yankees tickets costing $425 apiece.

“The governor attended Game 1 of the World Series in his official capacity, to represent the State of New York at a ceremonial occasion,” Paterson’s spokesman said. “All other tickets are being paid for.”

The state will fund a free ferry next to the Champlain Bridge.

Opening arguments were heard Monday in the federal trial of Joe Bruno.

“This is a case about intent,” Bruno’s attorney Abbe Lowell, said.

No, prosecutors said, it’s a case about exploitation.

Bruno said he’s done nothing wrong.

Paterson’s counsel testified at a hearing that he will not actually try to collect sales taxes on Indian cigarettes.

Paterson announced $690 million in stimulus funding for central New York.

$289 million for Monroe County.

  Morning Read, Upstate: Like Blowing Up the Republican Caucus