Doug Hoffman: An Ordinary American with a Half Million Dollar Car Collection

Over at the American Spectator, Robert Stacy McCain calls Doug Hoffman, the eccentric millionaire running for Congress in the NY-23, an "ordinary American." I don't about you but I don't know too many "ordinary Americans" with a half million dollar car collection. In fact, I don't know any.

Now the darling of the vitriolic wing of the GOP, he's been endorsed by Dick Armey, Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann - the loony bin trifecta - but he's also pulled in the endorsement of Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty. Mr. Hoffman who is making his first run for public office now counts Steve Forbes, Fred Thompson, The Wall Street Journal editorial page, The National Review and the Tea Party set among his supporters. Glenn Beck, Mark Levin and Rush Limbaugh are promoting his candidacy.

His views are downright frightening. He's a flat taxer. Anti-choice. Marriage is between a man and woman. "Marriage ought to stay marriage. Period" as he puts it. His views on the Second Amendment is that without it "all other amendments are nothing more than talk." Like all other conservatives, he's not big on specifics when it comes to spending. Asked what spending he would cut, he responds that he would cut "the pork and wasteful earmarks." Way to go out on a limb there Doug.

As the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee puts it, Doug Hoffman supports more of the economic policies that failed us - tax breaks for the wealthy which added billions to the deficit.

Here's their new ad:

The New York Times has more on this race for a seat that the GOP has held since 1871.

Tags: Doug Hoffman, New York State Politics, NY-23 (all tags)

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Re: Doug Hoffman: An Ordinary American

Hmmm... the DCCC is going on the air against Hoffman?  Maybe that club for growth poll is right?  Hoffman may no longer be helping us in this race...

by LordMike 2009-10-26 09:03PM | 0 recs
Re: Doug Hoffman: An Ordinary American

His numbers may be rising but I don't believe the Club for Growth poll. I do think that the Club for Growth is trying to influence, really manipulate, the election with its polling.

Their first poll put him in striking distance even two other independent polls showed him with less support. That spurred the Tea Party set to action sending in cash. Scozzafava has a million dollars war chest courtesy of the RCCC. This second poll is odd in so many ways. The MOE is huge and the sample size but 300. I don't buy it.

On the flip side, he's getting a lot of free press courtesy of the conservative media establishment.

by Charles Lemos 2009-10-26 09:14PM | 0 recs
Re: Doug Hoffman: An Ordinary American

The internal numbers being whispered show Hoffman to have surged and Scozzafava to have dropped. When Palin endorsed Hoffman, he started to surge. I don't agree with her views, but those that try to pretend that she's not a political force for 1/3rd of the country are just blind.

This move by the DCCC is sure to raise the profile of the race. Yes, Obama got 52% in this CD, and its winnable. Do we have the right candidate? Maybe not.

by Jerome Armstrong 2009-10-27 06:00AM | 0 recs
Re: whispers

Can't argue with that.

by QTG 2009-10-27 06:07AM | 0 recs
Re: whispers

The funny spectacle is Gingrich taking on the rightwingers:
http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-r oom/news/64921-gingrich-calls-gop-suppor t-for-hoffman-a-purge

Gingrich is banking a lot on Scozzafava, but if she actually won, she'd be a pariah in the House. He's really banking on a divided GOP vote and that the Dem wins, and he gets to distance himself from the far extreme. Its not the route I expected he'd try to take to win the nomination, but we'll see how the NY-23rd plays out.

by Jerome Armstrong 2009-10-27 06:45AM | 0 recs
Re: but wait, there's more!

http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypo litics/2009/10/scozzafavas-cash-crunch-h offma.html

How this is anything but a GOP train wreck is very hard to figure.

by QTG 2009-10-27 06:56AM | 0 recs
Re: Doug Hoffman: An Ordinary American

Obama shouldn't risk his prestige on the 23rd district.  It generally goes Republican and the landscape that gave Obama a 2% majority last November has changed.

I would like to see some poll numbers from non-conservative groups.

Also,  third party candidate winning is interesting no matter what.  The GOP has really blown it this time if Hoffman wins.

by dMarx 2009-10-27 09:40AM | 0 recs
T-Paw is loony too,just not as dumb
Charles,
   It is very scary to me that nationally Tim Pawlenty is not seen as part of the Loony Bin. He has crafted his moderate, home town boy, bi-partisan image too perfection. I can assure you, he is more dangerous than that Palin, Armey, and Bachmann put together. He is as extremist. He is just not stupid about it like Bachmann or Palin. he has placed the entire burden of our state deficit on the backs of the poor, sick, and elderly. He is a cut throat guy. His appeal to moderates scares me to death. His is the smart and crafty part of the loony bin.
Thanks,
Alec
by alectimmerman 2009-10-27 04:16AM | 0 recs
Re: T-Paw is loony too,just not as dumb

Agree.  Timmy knows how to keep his mouth shut, but he's as loony as Bachmann.

by lojasmo 2009-10-27 05:11AM | 0 recs
Re: T-Paw is loony too,just not as dumb

The "opt-out" if that passes, will force his hand.

by Jerome Armstrong 2009-10-27 06:45AM | 0 recs
Re: T-Paw is loony too,just not as dumb

You're right. I probably don't know enough about him.

by Charles Lemos 2009-10-27 03:12PM | 0 recs
DUG Hoffman is a MENSCH

He hasn't changed his hairstyle since 8th grade. His hair worked for him then,  and it's working now. He's a good boy.

If ever there was the appearance of a self made man it's this MAN...DUG Hoffman.

Just look at the character in his face. He's been through so much. The agony, the ecstasy, hard times, good times, bad times, cruel times.

He's ventured into the unknown, a fearless warrior and always come back with the prize.

He likes cars. Big cars with Big engines, that take him where he wants to go and FAST.

Doug knows where he's been and where he's going. He's a MAN.

Just look at him....but don't sneak up on him a say ...

BOOO!

by stu Piddy 2009-10-27 07:01AM | 0 recs
Re: Doug Hoffman: An Ordinary American

TPM reports that Fred Thompson has cut an ad for Hoffman.

"America is in trouble. When your grandchildren ask you why you didn't do something, be able to tell them you voted for Doug Hoffman."

Kind of makes you chuckle, thinking of how Obama's ads were mocked for their cult-like qualities or whatever.

by Steve M 2009-10-27 07:13AM | 0 recs
Re: Doug Hoffman: An Ordinary American

Lord God Almighty, who are these people? If the Doug Hoffmans of the country ruled, we would not only lose the country but the planet.

by Charles Lemos 2009-10-27 03:14PM | 0 recs
Re: Doug Hoffman: An Ordinary American

It reminds you of Ronald Reagan's rhetoric about how if Medicare passed we would cease to be a free country.  Or something by Hayek or Ayn Rand.  On some level you have to be impressed by their ability to deliver these lines with a straight face, but I guess acting training will do that for you.

by Steve M 2009-10-27 03:24PM | 0 recs

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