Hoffman For Congress? Assembly? It Depends, He Says
He's back. Maybe.
Doug Hoffman says he's considering another run for Congress.
"That is certainly a consideration," he told 7 News from his office in Lake Placid.
Hoffman says his decision depends on what district he ends up in when new Congressional district maps come out this month.
He said he has no interest in running against Republican Rep. Chris Gibson should he end up in Gibson's 20th district.
If he remains in the 23rd, however, he says he'll consider another try for the seat now held by Democrat Bill Owens of Plattsburgh.
Owens won in 2009 in a three-way race against Republican Dede Scozzafava and Hoffman, who ran on the Conservative ticket.
Hoffman ran again as a Conservative in 2010 against Owens and Republican Matt Doheney of Watertown. Political observers say Hoffman drew votes away from Doheney, allowing Owens to retain his seat.
Doheney has already announced his plans to run again.
Also running is Republican Kellie Greene of Sackets Harbor.
If Hoffman runs, he says it'll be on the GOP and Conservative lines.
"I'm a Republican," Hoffman said in a line reminiscent of his two previous campaigns, "a Ronald Reagan Republican."
Hoffman credits his maverick runs on the Conservative Party line in 2009 and 2010 with swinging political thought to the right.
He said when he suggested in 2009 the U.S. could go bankrupt, many people thought it was a joke.
"But today they're not laughing so much anymore," he said.
Hoffman said he's kept contact with his political base, which is largely intact.
"The base is very strong out there and very active," he said. "And I think they're going to be very active in the 2012 race."
Hoffman said he has also been urged to run for state Assembly. The problem, he said, is the same. He doesn't know what district he lives in yet.
Friday, May 24, 2013, Watertown, NY
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