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Former USCHO writer, former writer at a Midwestern broadsheet, occassional CHN blogger.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Why I Support Doug Hoffman for Congress

I used to consider myself a strong Republican, because I believed the Republican Party best espoused conservative values. I'm not exactly sure when it was that I decided that was no longer true. It might have been after I plugged my nose and voted for John McCain. After all, I figured he was better than the alternative, and given the way things have played out to date, I still feel I made the right decision.

But time and time again, the Republican Party has shown that it is willing to try for the most politically expedient path, instead of the path of conservative principle. Somewhere between 1994 and 2006, when the party was unceremoniously booted from power in Congress, the mantra of "a government that governs least governs best" became "a government governed by Republicans governs best." That's the wrong answer.

Doug Hoffman knows this firsthand. Easily one of the best conservative choices to throw his name into the hat for the special election in New York's 23rd District, he was unceremoniously spurned in favor of "the party's choice."

"The party's choice" didn't win in NY-20 when then-Assembly Minority Leader Jim Tedisco was chosen over a better choice, State Sen. Betty Little. It's even worse now when "the party's choice" has been repeatedly endorsed by ACORN's front party, the Working Families Party.

After hearing that Assemblywoman Dierdre "Dede" Scozzafava was "the party's choice," I was flabbergasted. A woman who is unabashedly pro-choice, pro-gay marriage, and whose husband runs the local AFL-CIO and has been endorsed multiple times by the Working Families Party... is the best choice for the Republican Party... in the North Country? I wouldn't think twice about her as a Republican choice in, say, Albany, or Manhattan. But Watertown? Plattsburgh? REALLY?

When State Sen. Darrel Aubertine, a true moderate who is considered more conservative than many of his colleagues across the aisle in Albany, was considered a favorite for the Democrat nomination, I caught myself asking an open question - might I actually support a Democrat?

Aubertine did not run, and there's a better choice. Doug Hoffman - the Conservative Party of New York's choice for Congress, and the only small-c conservative running in NY-23.

The party didn't pick Dede Scozzafava because she represents the party's values well. The party picked Dede Scozzafava because they thought she had a better chance to win. They chose her because they thought that being previously elected made her more likely to win than just a common citizen, a businessman. They selected her because it was "her turn."

It was Jim Tedisco's turn, too. Whoops.

But the party miscalculated. I, like many North Country residents, will not support Dede Scozzafava simply because she's got an "R" next to her name.

Bill Owens is the Democrat candidate, the handpicked choice of Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod. He's another vote for Nancy Pelosi and her radical agenda that seeks to fundamentally change our nation from a country founded on individual liberties to one which fosters and encourages dependency on a bloated, mismanaged government bureaucracy. But at least he's a liberal in liberal's clothing. It would be better that we not fooled ourselves about who we were voting for if we were to choose him as Secretary McHugh's replacement rather than choose a wolf in sheep's clothing.

But the best part is this: ultimately, it's not why you shouldn't support Scozzafava. It's why you SHOULD support Doug Hoffman.

It's time to stop voting because you don't like the other guy, and this election is a great place to start. Pundits popularly claim that you are "wasting your vote" to choose a third party. Not this time. Not when the "major party" choice is six of one and half-dozen of another, not with a clear alternative with a real, populist message like Doug Hoffman - and not when he has a real chance to win.

Doug Hoffman is the only candidate in this race that espouses the values which drew tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of concerned Americans to the streets of Washington on September 12th. Those values are, traditionally, in sync with the values of North Country voters. Doug Hoffman is the only candidate that will stand up to government waste. He's the only one willing to stand against a corrupt tax code. He's the only one standing against card check. Against the disastrous cap-and-trade scheme. Against a government take-over of healthcare, which can only drive the quality of health services into the ground. All of these positions support liberty and oppose government control, and Doug Hoffman is the ONLY candidate who can claim these positions.

When we choose our candidates based on their record and their values instead of whether they've got an R or a D next to their names, it becomes a no-brainer. The North Country needs Doug Hoffman - and he can be an important reminder to not only the New York GOP but the GOP nationwide that conservatives are not going to be led around blindly by the hand.

On Facebook, commenting on his recent endorsement by the PBA, Hoffman said, "it goes to show that people follow principles, not parties. When will the parties figure that out?"

Maybe after Doug Hoffman is sworn into Congress as an elected Conservative.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom, that was perfect. I wish I had said it all myself!

5:57 PM  

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