Saturday, October 24, 2009

Doug Hoffman - Let's Get District-Specific

An editorial in the Watertown Daily Times makes a pretty good point. We all know candidate to represent NY-23 Doug Hoffman is anti-gay, anti-abortion, anti-spending, anti-taxes, anti-health care reform and anti, well, generally anything democrats support. All good conservatives are anti those positions. But what specifically are his stances on issues important to the 23rd District of NY? More important....does he care? I'm pretty sure the "Club for Growth", Fred Thompson, Sarah Palin, Gary Baur, Glen Beck and other crazies of the right wing could care less.

Jude Seymore, of the Watertown Times has more to say about Hoffman.
Mr. Hoffman, it appeared, had not taken the time to read the local opinion page before visiting.

When asked about the rooftop highway that could connect Watertown to Plattsburgh, Mr. Hoffman said he was "open to reviewing and studying it."

When asked about winter navigation on the St. Lawrence Seaway, he took no position. When asked about widening and deeping the Seaway, he again said nothing.

The atmosphere was tense, at times.

Mr. Hoffman said at one point that if we were going to question him, that he needed to know in advance what we were going to ask him about.
Now I'm sure that running for national office is hard. But Doug is a pretty smart guy and he has people to advise him. Unfortunately, I think their advice to Doug is to run on "national issues" and ignore the issues that are important to the voters in his district.

It really is unfortunate, and somewhat surprising, that Doug actually allowed himself to be interviewed by the biggest, craziest wing-nut of them all, Glen Beck. I lost a lot of respect in that move...but then again Doug is doing what he thinks it will take to win the office. Here, the idiot Glen Beck suggests he may leave his wife for gay-hating Doug Hoffman.
GLENN: Hold on just a second. Hold on. Pat.
PAT: Yeah.
GLENN: Are you thinking about leaving Jackie F. For him? Because I'm thinking about leaving Tania right now for him. I mean, he is talking about competition between insurance companies with different states.
PAT: He hasn't fed me steak yet.
GLENN: He hasn't fed me steak, but I'm still thinking about
Glen seems so supportive of Doug, too bad he wasn't interested enough to learn the spelling of Doug's birthplace.
HOFFMAN: Well, Sernack lake, New York is not Greenwich, Connecticut. And the economy up here is probably one of the most difficult economies to survive in in the nation.
Doug goes on to take a little credit for the US Hockey team beating the Soviet Union in the 80 Winter Olympics.

The youtube video of the interview is here and here, if you can stand looking at Beck's strange features. At least Beck doesn't cry.

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