Hoffman’s campaign war chest doubles — in a week

posted at 8:10 pm on October 22, 2009 by Allahpundit

Total funds raised before October 15: $300,000, if you include a $100,000 loan he took out. Total raised since October 15: $200,000, which he’ll be using to pay for the clip embedded below. I’m curious to know how much of that is small grassroots donations versus PAC money. The CQ story implies that the latter makes up the lion’s share but we should know more tomorrow.

Meanwhile, via a local paper, a glimmer of insight into why Hoffman was passed over by party bosses for Scozzafava. Maybe he simply doesn’t know the issues:

John B. Johnson Jr. was clear in this morning’s editorial in our paper: The issues germane to the 23rd Congressional District are not being talked about because that discourse is getting drowned out by the cacophony from special interest groups outside the district.

Mr. Hoffman, it appeared, had not taken the time to read the local opinion page before visiting.

When asked about the rooftop highway that could connect Watertown to Plattsburgh, Mr. Hoffman said he was “open to reviewing and studying it.”

When asked about winter navigation on the St. Lawrence Seaway, he took no position. When asked about widening and deeping the Seaway, he again said nothing.

The atmosphere was tense, at times.

Mr. Hoffman said at one point that if we were going to question him, that he needed to know in advance what we were going to ask him about.

Exit question: Is it too late for a fourth-party candidate?

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Doubles in a week?

I blame The Other McCain.

juanito on October 22, 2009 at 9:21 PM

I saw that article and the only thing I could think of: Why is this paper asking him questions appropriate for a STATE assemblyman/congressman? He is running for federal office.

clement on October 22, 2009 at 9:25 PM

And those issues are the province of a US Congressman (rather than a member of the NY Assembly or Senate) why?

St. Lawrence Seaway, maybe. As for the rest, sounds like the county chairs were more interested in who would be doing earmarks that they could make money off of, than who would be an actual Republican.

Screw them.

Greg Q on October 22, 2009 at 9:28 PM

We can always count on the closet liberal AP to try to rain on our parade.

julian on October 22, 2009 at 9:34 PM

I can see why the somewhat evasive answers to the interview. You goto an interview like that with a stable of 15-20 issues you want to focus on and steer the interview in that direction.

For specifics on specific small scale projects you get the question, prepare a position paper and then defend that position. Even if he had gotten into minute details on those projects, they would come out with more, down to a repaving project down a side alleyway; until they get the answer to complete their narrative.

This election isn’t going to be about the Seaway, but if the paper wants a position on it, ask; but expect the answer to come later, and not in a soundbite.

Big picture questions get big picture answers, mundane questions get mundane answers.

Jason Coleman on October 22, 2009 at 9:38 PM

I just made a donation to Hoffman’s campaign. Everyone ready?
PILE on for Doug!!!!!

hopefloats on October 22, 2009 at 9:46 PM

Wasn’t there a better option than Scozzafava? I seem to remember an article that mentioned another solid Republican that was passed over by the county GOP as well.

Theworldisnotenough on October 22, 2009 at 9:17 PM

Was that Lonegan in NJ or Toomey in PA?

CCRWM on October 22, 2009 at 9:47 PM

Yeah, my sense is he’s pretty generic. Doesn’t mean that Scozzafava was a better pick but I’m starting to see why the local GOP overlooked him.

Allahpundit on October 22, 2009 at 8:20 PM

Well, how up on your local issues are you, AP? I can’t imagine any of us being plugged in 100% into what our local political scenes are…

This is the same kind of thing with Palin; just because you don’t have the canned answers ready to go doesn’t mean you’re not qualified. Being a “good candidate” seems to been a sure recipe for turning the base off. With the new media availability of information means we can see right through that smoke screen.

liquidflorian on October 22, 2009 at 9:48 PM

That’s nothing compared to Paulite money bombs. Teach this dude some Austrian economics, and maybe he’ll get more support.

iamse7en on October 22, 2009 at 9:49 PM

That’s nothing compared to Paulite money bombs. Teach this dude some Austrian economics, and maybe he’ll get more support.

iamse7en on October 22, 2009 at 9:49 PM

Dude is a CPA who runs five businesses. I think he has his economic chops down…

liquidflorian on October 22, 2009 at 9:52 PM

That’s nothing compared to Paulite money bombs. Teach this dude some Austrian economics, and maybe he’ll get more support.

iamse7en on October 22, 2009 at 9:49 PM

Really? Do you not understand the difference between a national election and a local special election on an off election year?

clement on October 22, 2009 at 9:53 PM

NoStoppingUs on October 22, 2009 at 8:56 PM
Just what part of the conservative agenda do you disagree with and why?

DerKrieger on October 22, 2009 at 8:57 PM

Here you go from a post last night about Hoffman. I answered it but never got a reply

My God. You tea party folks are the right wing equivalent of Code Pink! Reading these comments is like going to dailykos and reading comments about bush or palin. I attended tea parties in the past. A majority of the folks who attend are sane, but there’s a vocal minority that quite frankly are alienating themselves from, well, the rest of society. To be honest, I have nothing but disdain for most of you folks. Personally, I think the nomination of Scozzafava is a big ‘F U’ to the far right. There’s an unbelievable amount of pressure for members of the Republican party to support her, and I believe it’s a result of the Us vs. Them mentality the far right has created. I’m all for a more conservative Republican party, but many of you are going about it in the wrong way. You can’t build something from nothing, but that’s what you’re demanding Republicans to do. Incredible!

NoStoppingUs on October 21, 2009 at 9:21 PM

I do not think any explanation is needed.

bluemarlin on October 22, 2009 at 9:55 PM

Took me 5 minutes to fix his lazy eye and take a little yellow out of the teeth, how hard is that? I know, he is fake then.

WoosterOh on October 22, 2009 at 9:55 PM

Dude is a CPA who runs five businesses. I think he has his economic chops down…

Krugman is a Nobel laureate with a prestigious career in teaching economics. Does HE have his economic chops down? Bernanke/Greenspan were touted to having their economic chops down as well, and they are bubble-creaters and inflaters – which practice is ruining this economy. It doesn’t matter to know economics, it matters to know the CORRECT theories of economics. Keynesian ruins, Austrian prospers.

Really? Do you not understand the difference between a national election and a local special election on an off election year?

I didn’t say a Ron Paul money bomb, I said a “paulite” money bomb, which is named after him. E.G. Rand Paul, Peter Schiff. And yes, I know the difference, and it really isn’t THAT impressive.

iamse7en on October 22, 2009 at 10:00 PM

Lets also get to the bottom of something,

Yeah, my sense is he’s pretty generic. Doesn’t mean that Scozzafava was a better pick but I’m starting to see why the local GOP overlooked him.

Allahpundit on October 22, 2009 at 8:20 PM

Did the GOP overlook him, or was he not interested in running till the GOP nominated Scuzzafava (sic). So he was never looked at. Not saying he does not show a little weakness, but just wondering.

WoosterOh on October 22, 2009 at 10:01 PM

Disappointingly weak post.

ray on October 22, 2009 at 10:02 PM

iamse7en on October 22, 2009 at 10:00 PM

Dude are you high? He RUNS FIVE BUSSINESSES. He’s a proven success ergo what system of macro economics do you think he subscribes to?

liquidflorian on October 22, 2009 at 10:05 PM

liquidflorian on October 22, 2009 at 10:05 PM

The fact that he runs five businesses doesn’t have any bearing on his view of monetary policy, which is critical right now. He’s a proven limited-government guy, and that’s great, I’d vote for him, but I was just saying he should learn some Austrian economics so he understands how dangerous our monetary policy is right now. He’d get paulite money if he showed knowledge in Austrian economics.

iamse7en on October 22, 2009 at 10:09 PM

If Hoffman has run 5 successful CPA businesses, he has more sense than most members of Congress!!!!

mobydutch on October 22, 2009 at 10:10 PM

Really weak post AP. Hoffman gets a little bad press (actually really minor stuff when you come right down to it) over a newspaper interview and you start to wonder about finding a 4th candidate for the race. Only a person predisposed to oppose Hoffman (or to generate controversy for his blog) would jump to that conclusion.

PackerBronco on October 22, 2009 at 10:11 PM

Lets just say Hoffman is not a dynamic speaker, look at all of the crooks in Congress who talk and look like a Harvard Debate Team but stand for nuthin.

mobydutch on October 22, 2009 at 10:16 PM

Really weak post AP. Hoffman gets a little bad press (actually really minor stuff when you come right down to it) over a newspaper interview and you start to wonder about finding a 4th candidate for the race. Only a person predisposed to oppose Hoffman (or to generate controversy for his blog) would jump to that conclusion.

PackerBronco on October 22, 2009 at 10:11 PM

Second look at Ed Morrissey?

Watcher on October 22, 2009 at 10:26 PM

He’s a proven limited-government guy, and that’s great, I’d vote for him, but I was just saying he should learn some Austrian economics so he understands how dangerous our monetary policy is right now. He’d get paulite money if he showed knowledge in Austrian economics.

iamse7en on October 22, 2009 at 10:09 PM

How do you expect him to learn the Austrian language so quickly? I hear its pretty complicated.

Itchee Dryback on October 22, 2009 at 10:27 PM

Dude is a CPA who runs five businesses. I think he has his economic chops down…

Krugman is a Nobel laureate with a prestigious career in teaching economics. Does HE have his economic chops down? Bernanke/Greenspan were touted to having their economic chops down as well, and they are bubble-creaters and inflaters – which practice is ruining this economy. It doesn’t matter to know economics, it matters to know the CORRECT theories of economics.

iamse7en on October 22, 2009 at 10:00 PM

As far as leadership goes, I’ll take people with practical experience over theoreticians any day.

ddrintn on October 22, 2009 at 10:28 PM

So basically Hoffman was asked about how much pork he would bring home and his answers were unsatisfactory. Probably because he doesn’t give a damn about the Seaway and is more concerend with out bloated budget as a nation.

Daemonocracy on October 22, 2009 at 10:29 PM

I think a candidate that is based on conservative principles is the right choice. The fact he didn’t read that day’s opinion pages doesn’t mean squat. When confronted with the facts, he’ll make the correct decision.

CC

CapedConservative on October 22, 2009 at 10:33 PM

The media is trying to “Palin” Mr. Hoffman by playing their little “let’s make the conservative look like an idiot” game. I checked out ole Dede’s campaign website just this morning. I clicked on the “issues” button and I didn’t see any mention of her position on a rooftop highway or winter navigation. I wonder if the reporter who interviewed Mr. Hoffman has asked the same questions of the other two candidates? I’m betting not.

Lizzy on October 22, 2009 at 10:56 PM

Did the GOP overlook him, or was he not interested in running till the GOP nominated Scuzzafava (sic). So he was never looked at. Not saying he does not show a little weakness, but just wondering.

WoosterOh on October 22, 2009 at 10:01 PM

If you remember the whole first quarter of this year Obama was very popular, and there were people throwing the last few shovels full of dirt on the GOP’s grave. I imagine at that time she looked like a good choice. Some people thought Obama and crew would turn out to be their own worst enemies, although I didn’t think it would be this bad, and now here we are in a good GOP environment instead of a bad one, and we’ve got a rino problem to deal with.

DFCtomm on October 22, 2009 at 11:15 PM

Exit question: Is it too late for a fourth-party candidate?

No because knowing an issue right now, is secondary to how he handles issues in general.
If he throws money at problems, over regulates, then that is how he will solve problems.
Once in office, issues are defined…but the way one analyzes and solves problems he carries with him.
That is a conservative mindset will choose a better path then a liberal…

right2bright on October 23, 2009 at 12:08 AM

So basically Hoffman was asked about how much pork he would bring home and his answers were unsatisfactory. Probably because he doesn’t give a damn about the Seaway and is more concerend with out bloated budget as a nation.

Daemonocracy on October 22, 2009 at 10:29 PM

I should have said just read what you posted…

right2bright on October 23, 2009 at 12:09 AM

Thanks Allah – for your honesty in reporting the real scenario.

AprilOrit on October 23, 2009 at 12:43 AM

I like Newt, but his criticism of this man and his support for the other candidate reminds me of him getting wimped out over Bill Clinton, his indecisiveness over running for office again especially last year. The contract for America was a great move on his part but he always buckles to the establishment. Wake up Michael Steele. John McCain, Arlen Spector, Lincoln Chaffee re-enforce the theory that Newt and others are wrong on this issue. This party better wise up and fight the dems like they need to be fought. Don’t look for them to be nice. From big Bertha all the way up to Bambi they fight dirty and fight hard. As much as bambi needs love he wants none from the republican party. He is an angry man pushed by an angry left movement.

bluegrass on October 23, 2009 at 7:35 AM

Somebody ought to tell Hoffman that adding a tad of baking soda to his toothpaste will whiten his teeth. I’m not being petty; it’s just that the unattractive color of his teeth makes them look grungy and detracts from his appearance.

SilentWatcher on October 23, 2009 at 7:44 AM

No, baking soda toothpaste doesn’t have the same effect.

SilentWatcher on October 23, 2009 at 7:44 AM

Maybe he can brighten his teeth, have a plastic surgeon give him some jug ears, learn to lie with every breathe, and make promises he knows he can never deliver and make an impression with the Nobel Prize Committee. I’ll take him like he is and send him some money just to spite Newt and Michael Steele and John McCain.

bluegrass on October 23, 2009 at 8:01 AM

Hey BACK OFF NEWT! The 4 local GOP districts each selected Scuzzy to endorse. Newt was asked to endorse the Local candidate. He did.

Do you really think that he attended the 4 meetings and questioned each candidate? He was asked to endorse the local potted plant on the ticket against the opposition candidate.

Sarah, was able to wait, see which way the wind was blowing, and then she endosed this candidate. If something falls out of this guys closet, she wouldn’t have known about it either. I doubt if she has interviewed Hoffman, Scuzzy or the third, fourth, fifth and sixth place GOP person that wanted to run.

Sarah is great. Newt is great. But don’t expect them to know who EVERYTHING about all unknown local candidates. (But I wish they did a little more homework.)

barnone on October 23, 2009 at 8:04 AM

You have to understand the GOP in New York State. The Chairmen hold sway over the whole program. Our County Chairman once said as he announced their choice, “We’re not paying for a primary.” Shows you what the voters mean to the New York Republican Party.

Mr. Grump on October 23, 2009 at 8:08 AM

Lets get 2010 out of the way first people. Save your money.

johnnyU on October 23, 2009 at 9:17 AM

Somebody ought to tell Hoffman that adding a tad of baking soda to his toothpaste will whiten his teeth. I’m not being petty; it’s just that the unattractive color of his teeth makes them look grungy and detracts from his appearance.

SilentWatcher on October 23, 2009 at 7:44 AM

…and maybe some eyeliner and a new hipper hair cut…or some cool sunglasses?
What Up!

Itchee Dryback on October 23, 2009 at 9:40 AM

Local issues are for local candidates. Looks like Hoffman sidestepped a trap.

AnninCA on October 23, 2009 at 10:11 AM

Once again, AP finds a speck of lint on a conservative’s suit and tries to weave a rope with which to hang them. Keep phoning it in, AP.

SKYFOX on October 23, 2009 at 10:19 AM

But but but who cares if he doesn’t know the issues! At least he’s not moderate like Dede! Even though a vote for Hoffman is a vote for Obama’s far left agenda, I’m all about principal!1!1! Therefore, I don’t care if Pelosi and Obama get stronger, as long as we keep those darn moderates out of our party! Am i getting this right guys?!?!??!!!1!?

NoStoppingUs on October 22, 2009 at 8:40 PM

Except for your implied definition of “moderates”, sure you’re spot on.

Moron.

SirGawain on October 23, 2009 at 10:36 AM

Hmmmm.

*shrug* and so what? Seriously AllahPundit. What is your point?

That Hoffman doesn’t know the local issues? Hey the guy is an accountant. He, like a lot of other people, was working for a living and probably didn’t have the time. Does this mean that he will never acquaint himself with the issues? Not at all.

Frankly I personally don’t have a problem with people looking to get elected who will learn the issues once in office.

That’s the alternative to the “professional” politician. You want something different? You have to take that things must be different.

memomachine on October 23, 2009 at 10:49 AM

Hmmmmmm let’s see just about the time Glen had him on his show?

patriotparty1 on October 23, 2009 at 12:21 PM

I heard a radio ad this morning (I live on the border of the 23rd district). It was very anti-democrat and paid for by the Republican National Committee (or something). Of interest to note, it was a complete democrat attack ad and did NOT mention Scozzafava by name at all. Is the tide turning?

matd on October 23, 2009 at 12:52 PM

Hoffman really needs to get his teeth whitened. His teeth in that picture? Kinda gross!

American Elephant on October 23, 2009 at 5:40 PM

How was the woodshed?

ray on October 23, 2009 at 11:21 PM

I’d rather have someone wake up one day and decide to go to Washington to do the right thing, as a conservative, then someone that has an answer for every question but is a liberal.

If Obama can be POTUS, then any one can be a congressman! I doubt he’ll learn any worse on the job than Obama, who isn’t learning jack.

Give the guy a break, he’s not a politician. Isn’t that a good thing?

kagai on October 24, 2009 at 1:05 AM

Please explain why CALIFORNIA tax dollars (namely, mine) should go to those projects.

Guess Ed’s PORKBUSTERS campaign oughta begin “locally”…

Chris_Balsz on October 26, 2009 at 4:47 PM

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