Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Long Backs Hoffman in New York 23rd

7th District Congressional candidate Billy Long is endorsing Doug Hoffman in the 23rd District election in New York.
Long announced Tuesday on his campaign website he sent a contribution to Hoffman, who is running under the banner of the Conservative Party as an alternative to the Republican Party's candidate, Dede Scozzafava, who is widely viewed as too liberal for most conservatives.
"I am pleased to back a fellow conservative for U.S. Congress. Hopefully by electing more conservatives, we can send a very loud message to Washington D.C. that we have had enough of politics as usual," said Long in a statement.

Long said he's endorsing Hoffman because he's a fellow small businessman who "is pro-life, defends the second amendment and supports lower taxes and fiscal responsibility."
Long's move is a way to bolster his conservative credentials in a crowded 7th District primary race. "The Republican base in most states has views almost identical to Hoffman’s and opposite to Scozzafava," University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato recently told POLITICO.
Republicans Sarah Palin, Fred Thompson and Tim Pawlenty have all backed Hoffman in the 23rd District's three-way race.
Political analysts believe the three-way race to fill New York's House seat is too close to call just one week from the election. But some believe it's conceivable that Scozzafava could come in third place.

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