It's hard to decide where to begin to refute the distortions in Len Schick's recent letter about 23rd Congressional District candidate Matt Doheny, but one place seems obvious: This is 2010, not 2009.
Try as Mr. Schick and other Doug Hoffman operatives might to relive their candidate's "glory" year, it just won't work. Republicans and many others throughout the district are seeing through the attempts by the Hoffman camp to rewrite the history of last year's special election and twist the truth about this year's outstanding conservative Republican candidate, Matt Doheny.
To set the record straight yet again, Mr. Doheny and Mr. Hoffman both agreed during the screening process for last year's special election to support the eventual Republican nominee. Both sent congratulatory messages to Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava when she was chosen to be the candidate. (See this paper's Sept. 28, 2009, edition for Mr. Hoffman's message: "Hi Dede, congratulations and best of luck in your candidacy. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help. Doug)."
Both candidates were then approached by the Conservative Party to mount a third-party run. One candidate chose to break his word: Mr. Hoffman.
Mr. Schick knows that Mr. Doheny is a lifelong, conservative Republican who holds many of the same views as Doug Hoffman. So what are the biggest differences between the two? Matt is young, energetic, business-savvy, incredibly informed on and engaged in local issues, and the kind of people person who can connect and work with just about anyone, from the waitress at the local diner to his future colleagues on Capitol Hill. And above all, Mr. Doheny can win back the 23rd District from the Democrats.
Doug Hoffman lost in 2009, despite the fact that his Republican rival actually withdrew from the race.
Mr. Hoffman's local endorsements are few. It was reported that six people showed up for a meet-and-greet with Mr. Hoffman in Ogdensburg. Yet Mr. Schick has suggested that Matt withdraw from the race.
Mr. Doheny is not going anywhere, except on to win the Republican primary and the general election in November.