Now, Lake Placid businessman Doug Hoffman is getting a second chance in the most unlikely of circumstances, as a conservative. The state Conservative Party will likely choose him for its line, normally given to the republican choice, because Scozzafava is not what they say conservatives represent.
"Her record is atrocious. In our rating system last year, she got a 15 out of 100. Shelly Silver got a 10," said Conservative Party Chair Mike Long.
The choice has left some republicans upset with Hoffman, whom some say broke a promise by not supporting Scozzafava.
"I never promised I would support Dede Scozzafava. I did indicate I'd be happy to support a conservative republican candidate. I did not walk away from the Republican Party. The Republican Party walked away from the values that made our party strong," Hoffman said.
(Looks like a three way race is almost certain. In this type of district common history teaches us that this favors the Democratic candidate. If the conservative candidate attacks the Republican candidate it drives down the Republican vote. If he attacks the Democratic candidate it drives way the independents, which he needs to win. Going to be a hard race to win for the Conservative-Republican. OD)