This is why I dislike the Republican machine, especially the local committees. The old boy network in NY-23, fresh off their embarassing Dede Scozzafava debacle last year, are rejecting Doug Hoffman as their candidate in favor of a Dede supporter, Matt Doheny.
Doheny has a questionable past, complete with two BUIs (Boating Under the Influence) within the course of a couple of weeks back in 2004, one of which was characterized by belligerence to the arresting officer.
Amid questions stemming from his contributions and support of Dede Scozzafava, Mr. Doheny has brazenly shown unrepentant solidarity with his Republican handlers and adamantly maintains no regrets in supporting Scozzafava’s candidacy. Absent too, is any criticism of Dede Scozzafava’s liberal views. The omission raises the question: if Doheny is in fact a different candidate from Dede, why wouldn’t he be critical of her views?
This sets up another three way race in November, apparently, and we know how it turned out the last time. Scozzfava’s 5% was the difference between Doug Hoffman winning and the Democrat winning.
Yeah. Let’s stick with that winning formula.
The piece also goes on to describe the goings on in the NY-1, where the Chairman is pushing his own son’s candidacy over the more conservative and popular candidate, Randy Altschuler.
As a friend said, the problem with politics is that there is too much politics in it. The egos of these Republican insiders seems to know no bounds and the result will be the ceding of these seats to the Democrats. Well played, gentlemen. Well played.
As Walt Kelly said in the old Pogo comic strip, “We have met the enemy and he is us.”