TALK@10: The news that democratic incumbent Bill Owens will have two opponents in the 23rd Congressional District could assure him of a second term. Republican Matt Doheny and Conservative Doug Hoffman run the risk of dividing their side of the vote. Tonight on the hour long CW 6 at 10:00 anchors Matt Mulcahy and Lisa Spitz are joined by Michael Benny of CBS 5 discussing the question: when should a candidate drop out for the good of the party and when should he or she stay in because it's right?
Despite conceding defeat to his primary opponent, one local candidate vows to stay in his Congressional race right up until Election Day.
On Thursday, Republican candidate for the 23rd Congressional District Matt Doheny declared victory in GOP primary over conservative candidate Doug Hoffman. Hoffman conceded defeat, but said he will stay in the race on the Conservative Party ballot.
"Over the past few days I have thought long and hard about the next six weeks. I have spoken with family, friends, supporters and staff as I have weighed my next step. So today, with new resolve and a strong commitment to conservative principles, I rededicate myself to this race and announce that I will actively campaign for Congress as the nominee of the Conservative Party said Hoffman in a statement.
Doheny defeated Hoffman by approximately 600 votes in last week TMs Republican primary, before absentee ballots were counted. He says Hoffman TMs claims that Hoffman is the only true conservative in the race are just not true.
It TMs simply a matter of understanding that we TMre both good conservatives. We gave the voters a choice. We both ran a spirited race, and I TMm very humbled that we came out on top, says Doheny.
In response to Hoffman TMs decision, the Republican Party of New York State released a statement saying, We would ask Mr. Hoffman to do the right thing for the future of the 23rd district and for the Republican Party TMs goal of taking back control of the United States House of Representatives, by withdrawing from the race and supporting Mr. Doheny.
Doheny and Hoffman will face Democratic incumbent Congressman Bill Owens in the November 2 general election. Owens defeated Hoffman and Republican Dede Scozzafava in a special election last fall to replace former Representative John McHugh, who accepted an appointment by President Barack Obama to become U.S. Secretary of the Army.