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Doug Hoffman concedes the race (Photos:  Brian Mann)
Doug Hoffman concedes the race (Photos: Brian Mann)

Lake Placid's Hoffman concedes defeat in NY-23; conservative "tea party" movement suffers blow

This summer Doug Hoffman, an accountant from Lake Placid, erupted into a national political phenomenon. With the backing of national conservative figures from Sarah Palin to Rush Limbaugh, Hoffman defied the Republican Party and tried to capture the NY-23 House seat. He managed to scuttle Republican Dede Scozzafava's campaign, but fell short last night. Brian Mann reported on the scene in Saranac Lake.  Go to full article
Conservative Doug Hoffman holds momentum going into Tuesday's vote
Conservative Doug Hoffman holds momentum going into Tuesday's vote

GOP's Scozzafava campaigns for Dem Owens; Conservative Hoffman holds momentum

Over the weekend, shockwaves ran through the North Country's political culture. First Republican Dede Scozzafava dropped out of the special election to replace Congressman John McHugh. Then, on Sunday, Scozzafava announced that she is endorsing Democrat Bill Owens. The Republican and the Democrat appeared together at campaign event yesterday at the VFW hall in Canton. Owens, an attorney from Plattsburgh, remains locked in a tight race with third-party Conservative Doug Hoffman, an accountant from Lake Placid. Brian Mann followed developments as they unfolded and has our story.  Go to full article
Democrat Bill Owens with Vice-President Joe Biden this morning in Watertown.
Democrat Bill Owens with Vice-President Joe Biden this morning in Watertown.

Biden stumps for Owens in Watertown

The race to replace John McHugh is down to its last frenzied day after a shocking weekend. Republican Dede Scozzafava dropped out on Saturday, after a Siena poll showed her trailing badly. Then on Sunday, Scozzafava bucked her party and threw her support behind Democrat Bill Owens. That leaves Owens and Conservative Doug Hoffman, who both benefit from star power appearances today. Jonathan Brown talks with David Sommerstein about the second last day of campaigning.  Go to full article

Candidates in 23rd district race meet in Plattsburgh

This evening, two of the three candidates for the 23rd congressional district house seat will take part in a debate in the E. Glenn Giltz auditorium. That's in Hawkins Hall at SUNY Plattsburgh. The forum begins at 5 pm and North Country Public Radio will broadcast the program beginning at 7 o'clock, following All Things Considered. Martha Foley talks with NCPR Adirondack bureau chief, Brian Mann, who is one of the debate co-moderators.  Go to full article

23rd candidates side-step debates

The special election for John McHugh's seat is a week from Tuesday. The three-way race between Republican Dede Scozzafava, Democrat Bill Owens, and Conservative Doug Hoffman is tight and nasty. The campaigns are fighting it out in expensive ad campaigns and dueling press releases. But the opportunities for actual debate between the candidates are dwindling. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava (Source: NYS Assembly)
Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava (Source: NYS Assembly)

Dede Scozzafava: A different kind of Republican maverick

This week, North Country Public Radio is profiling the three candidates vying to replace Congressman John McHugh. The best known of the three is Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava, a veteran Republican from Gouverneur. Scozzafava has been a fixture in the region's political life for a decade, and her family has deep ties in the North Country. When she won the GOP nomination this summer, Scozzafava was widely viewed as the front-runner. Her moderate views seemed like a perfect fit in a district that has been trending Democratic. But as Brian Mann reports, Scozzafava's campaign sparked a fierce conservative backlash.  Go to full article
Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava is struggling to compete in the TV ad war for the 23rd House seat.
Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava is struggling to compete in the TV ad war for the 23rd House seat.

Republican Scozzafava loses lead; acknowledges being outspent by Dem Owens

A new poll out this morning by the independent Siena Research Institute finds that Democrat Bill Owens, the newcomer from Plattsburgh, has taken the lead over Republican Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava. Owens now leads 33%-29%, with Conservative Doug Hoffman trailing with 23%.

Meanwhile, two of the most influential political journals in Washington are reporting that Republican Dede Scozzafava is struggling in the final weeks of the special election. Roll Call and Politico say Scozzafava has been seriously damaged by political attacks from Conservative candidate Doug Hoffman. They also report that she is being outspent significantly by Democrat Bill Owens. That's a surprising turn of events in a congressional district long dominated by the GOP. According to Politico, Scozzafava has spent less than $30,000 on TV spots in the campaign so far. Owens, meanwhile, has spent more than $300,000, launching a media blitz across the sprawling 23rd district.

Brian Mann checked in with Matt Burns, spokesman for the Scozzafava campaign. Burns acknowledged that Scozzafava is being outspent. But says the veteran Assemblywoman will have enough money to compete in the final weeks of the race.  Go to full article
Conservative candidate Doug Hoffman is forcing Republican Dede Scozzafava into a two-front race.
Conservative candidate Doug Hoffman is forcing Republican Dede Scozzafava into a two-front race.

Feud among national conservatives could hurt Scozzafava candidacy

In just four weeks, voters will go to the polls to replace former North Country Congressman John McHugh, who was appointed Secretary of the Army. The candidates are out on the campaign trail talking about jobs and taxes and healthcare. But one of the biggest factors shaping the race for New York's 23d district is a bitter ideological feud within the national conservative movement. Many activist groups in Washington DC think Republican Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava is too liberal. They're backing Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman. As Brian Mann reports, the fierce infighting on the right could throw the election to Democrat Bill Owens.  Go to full article
Conservative Doug Hoffman
Conservative Doug Hoffman

In 23rd race, Hoffman and Owens haven't disclosed financial ties

John McHugh has been confirmed as Army Secretary. That means the battle for his North Country House seat is shifting into overdrive. One of the most contentious issues in this special election is the financial background of the three candidates. Republican Dede Scozzafava has faced intense scrutiny for her investments in Wisebuys and Hacketts. But Conservative Doug Hoffman and Democrat Bill Owens are drawing fire for failing to file financial disclosure forms required by Federal ethics laws. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article
Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava (R-Gouverneur)
Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava (R-Gouverneur)

Dede Scozzafava: "I'm proud of my investment"

Seaway Valley Capital Corporation has become a concern in Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava's campaign for Congress. According to her personal finance disclosure form, Scozzafava has at least $1 million invested in the company. Financial filings show her firm, Seaway Capital Partners, loaned Seaway Valley more than $400,000 last month.

Dede Scozzafava was mayor of her hometown of Gouverneur and has enjoyed broad support while serving in the state Assembly since 1999. Her public stature is often cited by investors as a factor in their decisions to buy stock in her brother's company. And now that their investments are nearly worthless, they want answers. "I can't defend any of that," Scozzafava says, "because I'm not involved in any decision making in the public company." Dede Scozzafava is vice-president and chief operating officer of Seaway Capital Partners, the firm that started Wise Buys in 2003. In 2007, Seaway Capital sold its share in Wise Buys to Seaway Valley in exchange for preferred shares of stock. Scozzafava told David Sommerstein she has always been just a "passive investor" in the new company.  Go to full article

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