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Calling election stolen, Hoffman rescinds concession in New York


Doug Hoffman's campaign site on Nov. 19, 2009. (Screencapture by John Amick/The Washington Post)

Updated 7:14 p.m.
By Garance Franke-Ruta
For the second time this week, Conservative Party congressional candidate Douglas L. Hoffman sought to rescind his concession in the special election in New York's 23rd district, telling supporters that new information showing the results of the election closer than believed on election night made him reevaluate his decision to throw in the towel.

"I am therefore revoking my statement of concession," he wrote in a fundraising letter titled "Stop Another Stolen Election!" and posted on his Web site Wednesday night.

"ACORN and the unions did their best to try and sway the results to Obamacare supporter Bill Owens," he told supporters, naming the Democrat who claimed victory and has been seated in the House of Representatives, though election results will not be certified until next month. "I was forced to concede after receiving two pieces of grim news - - down 5,335 votes with 93 percent of the vote counted on election night -- and barely won my stronghold in Oswego County. On Election Night, the information we received was far different from what we received this week!"

But by Thursday night, Hoffman's hopes appeared dashed. "It's over. Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh, leads by 3,105 votes with 3,072 absentee ballots left to be counted," the Watertown Daily Times reported.

That this would be the outcome was widely expected, despite Hoffman's protestations. According to a report last Friday in the Daily Times, "it's mathematically possible" for Hoffman to pass Rep. Owens in the final count in the 11-county district, but "the math is daunting." Most observers saw little chance that the election outcome would change, with a recent unofficial result reported before Thursday evening showing Hoffman trailing Owens by 2,832 votes and 4,262 absentee ballots remaining to be counted, the Watertown paper reported.

Jerry O. Eaton, Jefferson County Republican elections commissioner, told the Times that Hoffman's allegations of ballot-tampering and the election having been manipulated or stolen are "absolutely false."

"No one has touched those ballots or has access to those ballots except board of elections staff -- and in a bipartisan manner," he said.

Brian Kettenring, ACORN's deputy director of national operations, called Hoffman's accusations unworthy of serious response. "We confess we stole the election in the 23rd and our lead staff person for it was Elvis Presley," he said sarcastically. "He ran a first rate organizing effort in the district and we're proud of his work."

In truth, Kettenring said, the group has no office in the district and made no political or volunteer contributions to the race.

Hoffman first walked back his concession on Glenn Beck's radio show Monday, saying, "If I knew this information at the election night, I would not have conceded."

"So are you un-conceding?" asked Beck.

"If that's possible, yes," Hoffman replied.

Hoffman's attack on the community-organizing group ACORN in his fundraising letter continues a theme he hammered home during the election contest. "Bill Owens should request that Justice Department monitors be put in place to insure that ACORN's political arm in New York State, the Working Families Party, does not steal this election," he said in a statement in late October, according to a report in the Washington Independent. That month Republican Party candidate Dede Scozzafava also was cast as "An ACORN-Friendly, Big Labor-Backing, Tax-and-Spend Radical in GOP Clothing" by conservative blogger and Hoffman supporter Michelle Malkin.

The full Hoffman letter follows:

Dear Fellow Conservative,

As evidence surfaces, we find out that reported results from election night were far from accurate. ACORN and the unions did their best to try and sway the results to Obamacare supporter Bill Owens.

I was forced to concede after receiving two pieces of grim news - - down 5,335 votes with 93 percent of the vote counted on election night - and barely won my stronghold in Oswego County.

On Election Night, the information we received was far different from what we received this week!

Rest assured, they will not succeed, and I am therefore revoking my statement of concession.

That is why I am writing you today. Recent developments leave me to wonder who is scheming behind closed doors, twisting arms and stealing elections from the voters of NY-23.

I'm sure you are as dismayed as I am to learn of the mischief that took place in Oswego and neighboring counties. We know this would not be the first time for the ACORN faithful to tamper with democracy.

Now it's time to actually count every legal ballot and I need your help to ensure the people of NY-23 get the Congressman THEY ELECTED. Please donate now to help me ensure every vote is counted!

A recanvassing in the 11-county district shows Owens' lead has narrowed to 3,026. In Oswego County, I was reported to lead by only 500 votes with 93 percent of the vote counted election night, but inspectors found I actually won by 1,748 votes

Let's force them keep this recanvassing active! Let's give this election a chance to end differently!

Oswego County elections officials blame the mistakes on "chaos" in their call-in center that included a phone system foul-up, and on inspectors who read numbers incorrectly when phoning in results. This sounds like a tactic right from the ACORN playbook.

The district's second biggest voter turnout was in Jefferson County, where I had also benefited from a turnaround since election night, gaining another 700 votes. Owens led by 300 votes on the final election night tally, but after recanvassing, I'm now leading by 424 votes.

Jerry Eaton, the Republican elections commissioner for Jefferson County, said inspectors found a problem in four districts where my vote total was mistakenly entered as zero.

The new vote totals mean the race will be decided by absentee ballots, of which the state Board of Elections distributed about 10,200.

The people of NY-23 deserve to have their ballots counted properly, but we can't let ACORN or the unions keep that from happening. They have more lawyers and more experience tampering with democracy.

State Board of Elections Communications Director John Conklin said the state sent a letter to the House Clerk last week explaining that no winner had been determined in the 23rd District.

Now it's time to actually count every legal ballot and I need your help to ensure the people of NY-23 get the Congressman THEY ELECTED. Please donate now to help me ensure every vote is counted!

We need to make sure that fair elections are a reality in NY-23, just like our Founding Fathers envisioned. So long as we remain the "land of the free," we MUST ensure every vote is counted.

Help us today so we may be the first of many conservative victories during the Obama Regime.

Yours in Freedom,

Doug Hoffman

P.S. I ran a different kind of campaign, one where Conservatives, Republicans, Libertarians, Tea Party and 9/12 activists rallied around. ACORN, the unions and Democratic Party were scared, and that's why they tampered with the ballots of voters in NY-23. Will you please contribute today so we can show them that fair elections are the Will of the People? Thank you.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  |  November 19, 2009; 2:26 PM ET
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Comments

Mr. Hoffman, puhleeeease.

You can blame Acorn (although there zero evidence that they are actuallyt in upstate NY) or unions, but face the facts that you were an outsider who could not identify with issues that are directly related to this district.

Posted by: jjj141 | November 19, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

What a moron. Just accept the loss gracefully and live to fight another day. Stop the whining already. Hoffman lost, fair and square. The "will of the people" is to not have extremist right-wing nutjob hacks put into office. The "will of the people" in this New York district is clearly to NOT have a dolt like Hoffman elected.

What a crybaby. I think this is mostly a fundraising ploy, he has to know he has almost 0 chance of winning, but he is just trying to excite the teaparty morons who consider Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh great voices of truth and reason.

Hoffman should just go carpetbag some other district next year. I'm sure if he shops around he can find some backwards little red state county that might elect him as a dogcatcher or something.

Posted by: goaway5 | November 19, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

An absolute fool, keep it up!

Posted by: jasperanselm | November 19, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

done. conceded. owens is sworn in. over. no court would support your plea.

Posted by: anarcho-liberal-tarian | November 19, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

how do you know the will of the people when you don't live in the district. just another crack pot lefty thinking they speak for everyone but themselves, Hoffman has a right to speak freely and with acorns past it is possible, they have been convicted before for voter fraud so its not hearsay

Posted by: getsix1 | November 19, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Trying to "Twilight Zone" your way into office at this late date won't do it.

It's over, and Your're done.

Go sit in a soft walled room and pretend you won all you like.. you can even get one of those nutty Napoleon hats and stick your hand in your jacket (if you're not wearing restraints).

It won't change a thing, but it MAY make you feel better.

Don't go away mad, just go away.

Posted by: BellsBlu2 | November 19, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

if hoffman gets more votes ny state will remove owens in ny it does not matter if hoffman conceded its the vote the determines the winner

Posted by: getsix1 | November 19, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

i hope he gets the win just to tick you lefty's off nothing like a angry liberal crack pot,

Posted by: getsix1 | November 19, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

..... nothing like a angry liberal crack pot,

Posted by: getsix1
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Or, a SMUG one who's sitting in a seat vacated by a Republican drool dropper and doing so at the request of the voters. LOL

Posted by: BellsBlu2 | November 19, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Wow, does he realize just how bad he sounds? Colicky babies are quieter. Scary labor unions......oooooo....I bet people are shivering in their boots.

Posted by: EricS2 | November 19, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Leave it to you LIBS to misrepresent what Hoffman REALLY meant. He meant that the election was stolen by an actual acorn. One was seen in the vicinity of the election wearing nothing but a scowl and brandishing a firearm.

Posted by: whereareweandwhatarewedoinginthishandbasket | November 19, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Shades of Al Franken!! Oh that's right. He's a democrat so whatever he did to 'win' the election is OK. And you people don't even remotely see the hypocrisy in your statements.

Palin / Bachmann 2012

Posted by: AkCoyote | November 19, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Shades of Al Franken!! Oh that's right. He's a democrat so whatever he did to 'win' the election is OK. And you people don't even remotely see the hypocrisy in your statements.

Palin / Bachmann 2012

Posted by: AkCoyote | November 19, 2009 4:06 PM
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The Franken election was actually within a reasonable margin of error to make a recount actually worthwhile. The NY election isn't even close.

Also - "Palin/Bachman 2012" - SERIOUSLY?

Are you really just that stupid? Do you really think those 2 dimwits are the best choices to govern the United States? People like you are the reason the republicans are a marginal party. I hope you really do nominate those 2 clowns, it will result in another Obama win.

Posted by: goaway5 | November 19, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Conservatives seem to have a problem accepting the outcome of elections.
Read: Obama, Franken and now Owens.

Posted by: JRM2 | November 19, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

how do you know the will of the people when you don't live in the district.

Posted by: getsix1 | November 19, 2009 3:30 PM

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I shouldn't have to point out the obvious, but Hoffman doesn't live in the district either. Nice attempt at demagoguing, though.

Posted by: OliverKlozov | November 19, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse


how do you know the will of the people when you don't live in the district.
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Posted by: getsix1
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I know the will of the people in that district by reading the results of the election. They elected Owens. That's the will of the majority in that district. Despite what you may "wish" would have happened, the carpetbagger wingnut was rejected. Deal with it. That is how things work in the United States - we hold an election and the person with the most votes wins**. See? It's simple for most people, but the right seems to glorify ignorance and the lack of education (Sarah Palin is a perfect example of this) so perhaps its hard to grasp for some of them.

** the Electoral College notwithstanding, that's a unique case.

Posted by: goaway5 | November 19, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Hoffman wrote
"ACORN, the unions and Democratic Party were scared, and that's why they tampered with the ballots of voters in NY-23."


At what point does Hoffman expose himself to a lawsuit for libel/slander?


.

Posted by: bsimon1 | November 19, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

I am an election inspector (i.e. pollworker) in a very small community in the 23CD. In my county, Hamilton we had new electronic voting machines in use. Unlike the old lever machines, these machines have an absolute paper trail and can be verified easily. Their printout is easy to read and verifiable. That said, New York polls are open from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Pollworkers report at 5:30 a.m. and work until after 9:00 p.m. That's a long day. We are all a little bleary. Many polls are staffed by senior citizens, I can imagine that at some polling places (not mine) there may have been reporting errors. That's why the results are canvassed in the days after. Hoffman is losing after the canvass. The absentee votes are being counted and we will see what the result is, when it's ready. My only question is: why isn't the media reporting the vote totals for Dede Scozzafava. This is a three way race and her votes are critical to the final result. You have to assume that some if not many of the absentee ballots were mailed before she withdrew.

Posted by: MitchinADK | November 19, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Hoffman should take a few weeks off and check himself into a sanatarium, it is appears losing the election has given him a mental melt down.

Hoffman has a problem with the Constitution. The Working Family Party has just as much a right to assemble and be a political party in the USA as the Republican Party does.

Blaming Acorn for conservative losses is straight off Glenn Beck's blackboard of extreme paranoid fears, crossing chalk lines and symbols that only the bretheren of true conservative believers can discern. Prozac time.

Posted by: maddymappo | November 19, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Owens will do well to follow Franken's lead...just put your head down and don't make waves, but still make statements as needed. Don't come off looking like a jerk.

As far as the conservatives trying to mention that this is the same as the Franken/Colemen debacle...let me assure you, it is not. Franken/Colemen contest was close enough to trigger an automatic recount...per the law.

That said, I don't know how anybody can steal an election a few weeks after one conceded. That is, he got more votes than he thought he did, but not enough to win, so somehow the contest was rigged? what a moron.

Posted by: cgallaway2000 | November 19, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JRM2
Conservatives seem to have a problem accepting the outcome of elections.
Read: Obama, Franken and now Owens.

============================================
You're either:
joking,
suffer from Alzheimer's,
a complete dumbazzz,
or never heard of Al Gore or John Kerry.

My guess is for numbers 2,3,and 4.

You ignorant clowns have been p!ssing and moaning about the 2000 presidential election since November of 1999. The Miami Herald, a liberal mullet wrapper if there ever was one, spent more than $500K to "prove" Gore won. The result of their investigation was Bush won no matter how they tried to twist the results.

It just goes to show liberals either don't care for the truth, are too f--ing stupid to understand it, or simply can not read the written word.

Posted by: Bcamp55 | November 19, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

..and cue the rightwingnut whining!

Love, love, love the shout out to the teabaggers, Hoffman.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | November 19, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

LOL!!! Republicans are SUCH LOSERS right now, it's beyond the party of pathetic. It's the Party of Pathetic (POP).

Posted by: csd44 | November 19, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Hoffman sounds more and more like a Republican everyday.

Paranoid, delusional and divisive. Quick, rattle of the names of several Republican bogey-men (Acorn, Unions, etc.) . If you're lucky, twenty gun-totin' NRA vigilantes will show up and Fox News will show some old video of an angry tea-bagger mob and the headlie, Thousands Protest Stolen Election.

Posted by: thebobbob | November 19, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Hoffman sounds like he is a little off the charts; but I would question why, with Hoffman losing by 2,832 votes, there are 4,262 absentee ballots remaining to be counted 2 1/2 weeks after the election.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | November 19, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

You libtards are funny. This should be very concerning to you. A conservative with little or no backing is close to victory. 2010 is going to be brutal for you so get used to it.

So it was ok for Gore to unconcede in Florida, or is it just the same double standard libtards have in their view of the world.

2010 we are going to start draining the swamps in DC. There will be many new faces based on fiscal responsibility. Better get used to it.

Posted by: Bubbette1 | November 19, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

2010 we are going to start draining the swamps in DC. There will be many new faces based on fiscal responsibility. Better get used to it.

Posted by: Bubbette1
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"Fiscal responsibility"?? You're joking, right? Show me one good example of "fiscal responsibility" from the previous administration. They bloated government beyond all reason, they spent like drunken sailors, reversed a budget surplus and ended with the largest deficit and national debt in the history of the world. Yeah, if that's an example of the good ole' "conservative party", I'll take the liberals anyday.

Posted by: goaway5 | November 19, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Is it just me, or are we losing our civility as a nation. If Hoffman wants to challenge the results, let him. A healthy democracy requires that people challenge questionable results. That said, do all the conspiracy theories and accusations really help anything, or do they just, as I suspect, drag the level of discourse in our governance to a new low. He should say simply "I just want to make sure all the votes are counted and that the will of the people is observed." Its not like he's really claiming corruption, he's claiming that the vote count will (or at least could) legitimately show that he won. Why the hate?

Posted by: Braindeadx2003 | November 19, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Each time I see stuff like this, I become more certain my belief that modern conservatism is a psychological pathology. Paranoia and delusion seem to be common traits amongst Conservatives these days.

Not that I am all that keen on Democrats either. Lately it seems we had to choose last year between the demonstrable incompetence of the Republicans and the ineptitude of the Democrats.

Posted by: robert13 | November 19, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

shorter version:

"I still want to be invited on Limbaugh and Beck! Also, send me some money!! Waaaaaah!!!!"

Posted by: pdxer | November 19, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

of course it was stolen. leftists can't win elections straight up, they must steal them..notice that the first 2 elections after ACORN was defunded, the Republican won (Virginia, Jersey)? it's no accident folks..

Posted by: SMWE357 | November 19, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Hoffman may not be as crazy as he sounds, after all, wasn’t ACORN involved in the Lindbergh baby kidnapping, and didn’t ACORN have a person on the grassy knoll? Wait, my tinfoil hat fell off . . . oh great now the nurse is coming.

Posted by: codexjust1 | November 19, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Oh puhleeze. Shut up and go home.

Posted by: nihao1 | November 19, 2009 6:44 PM | Report abuse

For those who are too dimwitted or lazy to read the actual article, Hoffman conceded based on an inaccurate vote total and New York hasn't certified the election yet. Given the vote difference between the leading candidates is much less than the outstanding absentee ballot totals, it is possible for Owens to lose and Hoffman to win the seat. It does not matter whether or not Owens was sworn into office or not. If the New York election commission says that a different guy won the seat, that's who will be the representative.

As far as the anti-union/ACORN rhetoric, it's a fund raising letter meant to fire people up and get them to donate to his campaign. Both sides do this, so it's not that surprising. If it helps keep people engaged in the process to keep the officials honest, that's fine with me too.

Posted by: flatlander1992 | November 19, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Bcamp55

You ignorant clowns have been p!ssing and moaning about the 2000 presidential election since November of 1999. The Miami Herald, a liberal mullet wrapper if there ever was one, spent more than $500K to "prove" Gore won. The result of their investigation was Bush won no matter how they tried to twist the results.

It just goes to show liberals either don't care for the truth, are too f--ing stupid to understand it, or simply can not read the written word.
=========================================
To quote that great American, Bugs Bunny, what a maroon.

"Ignorant clowns" complaining about the 2000 election since Nov. 1999? The election was held in Nov. 2000. Of course, I'm just reading the written word.

Posted by: DCBuff | November 19, 2009 7:04 PM | Report abuse

After reading these posts I realize you are just bumbling idiots. What's so difficult to count the votes? You couldn't stand the truth if it bit you on the a..s.

Posted by: MOMLEE | November 19, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

This guy made millions in business yet he sounds like a retard. What gives, has he been drinking, or smoking something? This is a long way from Texas but I see you good folk recognize a nut case when you read one, We have our crazies also so bear up, this will pass.


!

Posted by: Julysun | November 19, 2009 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Regardless how this ends up, it as a clear warning sign to liberal democrats, Obama and his radical team and ACORN that the gig is about to be up.
In November 2010 independents, republicans and bipartisan conservatives will be heard loud and clear. It is normal for the party out of power to make gains in an off year election under a new president. Next year will be far from normal, it will be a blood bath for the liberal, radical agenda.

If I am wrong this country will be on an irreversible path to socialism and the transformation of our democracy and free enterprise as promised by Obama.

Posted by: thehamptons1 | November 19, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Yours in freedom, patriotism, I love the flag, less government...Blah,Blah,Blah...If the Repubs loved the country, they would not have expanded the Gov't, and spent like drunken sailors during the Bush administration...nice try...talk the talk, but never walk the walk

Posted by: teammugs | November 19, 2009 7:37 PM | Report abuse

The threat from ACORN is real; it is not just fundraising rhetoric. But of course ACORN is small potatoes compared to their giant, radioactive space squirrel masters who are secretly controlling the government. The tri-lateral commission, the illuminati and the communist international all pale in comparison to the threat posed by the space squirrels and their ACORN allies. Squirrels need attic space to live. ACORN conspired to bring about the home mortgage crisis. The banks would foreclose on millions of homes that now lay vacant – except for the squirrels! Coincidence? I think not. Now they are trying to steal the election from Doug Hoffman. A fiendish plot by ACORN and their Squirrel overlords.

Posted by: codexjust1 | November 19, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Another Republican demagogue. What a surprise.

People like Hoffman (by which I mean nearly all American politicians who self-identify as "conservatives") don't care about right or wrong, or about the future of our country. All they care about it achieving power, by any and all means available.

Posted by: SportinLife | November 19, 2009 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Moron Cons and Pee Party urinating their Hate everywhere they go.

Posted by: mawt | November 19, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Acorn and Unions...birds of a feather....flock together

Posted by: lucygirl1 | November 19, 2009 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Give Hoffman credit for saying that Bush stole the election from Gore - that is what he means when he says we need to stop another election from being stolen, right?

Posted by: levantefc | November 19, 2009 9:11 PM | Report abuse

It's really hard to believe that anyone would even take this crack pot serious much less voted for him.

I hope this fool keeps up the denial throughout 2010 when everyone starts paying attention to upcoming elections in November then they will confirm what most intelligent people already know that the GOP has been hijacked by a bunch of lunatic clowns.

Posted by: Citi__Street | November 19, 2009 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Pathetic crybaby loser.

Posted by: Honest_Abe | November 19, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

First Hoffman concedes.

Now, he wants to retract his concession.

And if he somehow, he is able to contest the election successfully and ends up representing NY-23, most likely he'll then resign before serving out his first term of office.

Because that is the new model of neo-con public service, as exemplified by ex-Governor Sarah Palin, who campaigned so energetically for Hoffman.

Posted by: HughBriss | November 19, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe Elvis would work with ACORN to steal this election, but then again that "In The Getto" song is a little soft on the criminal class....

Posted by: protagoras | November 19, 2009 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Mr. H needs some time to rest, recalibrate, and serve society and the cause of World Peace. I recommend that he work as a Christian missionary in Helmand Province in Afghanistan.

Posted by: axolotl | November 19, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

What a sickening piece of garbage this clown Hoffman is. Republicans are just freaking pathetic. There is just no reasoning with these tin foil wearing nuts.

Posted by: TheDukeStir1 | November 19, 2009 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Now we know what Barney Fief would have done had he lost running for Congress from Mayberry.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | November 19, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

The shrill complaint of a loser: this is the voice of contemporary conservatism. Sarah Palin. Carrie Prejean. Doug Hoffman. They all speak with a similar demented certainty, a common fatuous self-regard, a shared playing to the most debased level of the audience. Their excuses resonate in millions of poorly functioning minds, and their words inspire countless acts of spiteful obstruction and infantile display. Who would have believed that the information age would bring us the apotheosis of morons?

Posted by: PyotrZ | November 19, 2009 10:28 PM | Report abuse

The election was stolen? Mr. Hoffman offers no evidence.

He evidently has none.

He apparently feels that he needs none.

One wonders if he and his compatriots even understand what evidence is.

Posted by: bcamarda2 | November 19, 2009 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Hoffman is a rightwing nut, backed to the hilt by another rightwing nut, Sarah Palin. What about NO doesn't he understand?

Posted by: dudh | November 19, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Go get those nut crunchers and munch up some acorns Mr. Hoffman.

Posted by: dottydo | November 19, 2009 11:30 PM | Report abuse

wow, watching the GOP is like watching an episode of Jerry Springer where you don't want to look away but your hand keeps changing channels on the remote cause its sooooo humiliating for those on camera and yet you feel compelled to watch and then baammm...oh no she didn't....

and wow the GOP on no they didn't... queen teabagger is entering stage right while Haley Barber just about swallowed his tongue when pressed by Chris Matthews to say whether or not Sarah was qualified to be President and a writer from the National Review said, "having the tag of quitter canceled out any chance to claim the title of leader." OUCH!

and finally the Dems in the House are up on their hind feet rattling the cage of the white house that seems resigned to enduring double digit unemployment through 2010 while news of foreclosures on homes with prime borrowers jumped from 12 percent of foreclosures to 30 percent...

hopefully the Democratic Black Caucus will get through to the White House that it is time to move the scale back towards main street and the hell with Wall Street and the Banks that are taking the Feds free money and investing it in China while small and medium sized business here at home can't get a call back from a banker...

Posted by: teoc2 | November 19, 2009 11:41 PM | Report abuse

I live in the Congressional district, Hoffman and his right wing Nazi GOP'er's were absolutely vial to Republican Dierdre Scozzafava.

May he and Sarah Palin get painful anal cancer in the very near future and die horrible deaths. In Jesus name we pray.

Posted by: GOPNAZI1 | November 19, 2009 11:59 PM | Report abuse

please excuse huffman, he has been taking a new medication lately that makes him fuzzy with nonsense. he is on teanicilin.

Posted by: JoeBridgeman | November 20, 2009 12:01 AM | Report abuse

LOL, you liberals should be scared. Hahaha. Actually, you few remaining conservatives should be embalmed and mummified to preserve your existence for posterity's sake.

You folks have done more to drive moderate Americans running in the other direction than anything!

But let's get to the scoreboard here - It's suggested that the race was so narrow that Dems barely won and should be scared about it. Did we forget that this was, and I mean WAS a republican seat until this election??? Who lost now? Who's scared now? Go run and run fast, run scared republicans, RUN!!!

Posted by: kenalexruss | November 20, 2009 12:38 AM | Report abuse

"republicans and bipartisan conservatives will be heard loud and clear. "

From opposite sides of the room. They're delusional, watch fabricated news on Fox and demand extremism from their candidates. Losers.

Posted by: thebobbob | November 20, 2009 1:37 AM | Report abuse

The amount of umbrage on both sides over a congressional district that will not even exist, in its present form, after the next redistricting is beyond my understanding. Themes that seems to run through all these political discussion sites; socialists, Obama (bad or good), losers (either side depending on the day). Define socialism and how any member of the government, other than Bernie Sanders is one. Do not simply parrot what some politican attempting to score political points back home states as some uncatagorical truth backed with absolutely no evidence.

Posted by: Thinking4 | November 20, 2009 4:28 AM | Report abuse

ACORN in upstate NY??? Maybe in Rochester, but Oswego County? Watertown? Hoffman, I want whatever you're smoking. It's obviously great stuff.

Posted by: biffgrifftheoneandonly | November 20, 2009 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Oh My God. How amazingly stupid.

Posted by: swatkins1 | November 20, 2009 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Hoffman wrote
"ACORN, the unions and Democratic Party were scared, and that's why they tampered with the ballots of voters in NY-23."


At what point does Hoffman expose himself to a lawsuit for libel/slander?


.

Posted by: bsimon1 | November 19, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse
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No one is going to sue this asshat.

They all understand that the chinstrap on his fall down helmet is a little too tight.

Or that he has one layer too many of tinfoil in his hat.

Poor guy. Seeing acorns behind every Democratic sponsored union planted tree. Thank God he has Glenn Beck to advise and guide him.

Posted by: dennissuper | November 20, 2009 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Hoffman.....the poster child for women needing to cuckold their sissy husbands.

Posted by: swatkins1 | November 20, 2009 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Journalism requires some assessment of the evidence, or lack thereof, provided by Mr Hoffman to support his claim. Anyone know where we can get some of that?

Posted by: zukermand | November 20, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Golly gee, I sure hope the Republicans run a candidate like Mr. Hoffman in every district or senate race in America. Oh and please run Sarah Palin for President.

Posted by: merrylees | November 20, 2009 10:11 AM | Report abuse

I didn't hear anything from Hoffman when the republicans and the Supreme Court stole the 2000 election and gave us the worst president in history.Hoffman is just another cry baby republican

Posted by: LDTRPT25 | November 20, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Such a small potatoes election when compared to the stolen Presidential elections of 2000 and 2004! Get a grip and get on with your life, you loser! As they say, some days you win, some days you lose, and some days get rained out.

Posted by: EarlC | November 20, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

I find the comments far more interesting [and diverse] than Hofffman's new statement.
Mein gott! This world is far more interesting than I ever suspected. Who ever said that politics is dull? I won't go near whatever else politics might be.

Posted by: royaloak1 | November 20, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

hoffman shut up and leave you had your 15 minutes of shame

Posted by: dgates1 | November 20, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Forced to concede? Waterboarding used? Rescinding his concession does not legally affect the results, but merely is an announcement he intends to pursue appeals. Saying the election was stolen-- an unproven claim-- is different from saying the results were close enough that he wants to hedge his bets. And to toss in ACORN adds an element that has nothing to do with the results unless he can prove ACORN forged ballots. All in all he's merely saying "I should have won, since I was the best candidate." Don't all losing candidates say that? It's not as though he has proof that more people voted for him than for his opponent (e.g., Gore 2000). He will not be going to Congress. But he gets to appear on Fox News.

Posted by: Sutter | November 20, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Hoffman isn't challenging the result. He is de-conceding just to mollify nitwits like Michele Malkin, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, et al., and to create some media machinations; especially at the Rox Republican Propaganda Network. Right wing screwballs, especially the kind who bought cases and more cases of Palin's GOING ROGUE at full retail and are now giving them away to any drunk who'll try to read her malarkey, will give old Hoffman a few dollars just to keep the kindling smoldering! Hoffman wants to recoup some cash and then, on que, he'll switch from Independent to Republican. Its a game!

It is obvious that Hoffman and his ilk can't count. Owen's lead is larger than the total of the outstanding uncounted ballots. That means that Hoffman can't win. That wasn't the case with Gore v Bush in 2000--until the Scalianostra stepped in!

Posted by: harleyj | November 20, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Owens won! Hoffman - you lost - get a
grip

Posted by: Sirius2 | November 20, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

I am amazed at these conservatives who call themselves "christians" and lie through their teeth. It seems when you hear conservative, you can now equate it with lies and distortions. ACORN had no part of that election and yet he tries to claim "they stole the election"? Can you say liar? What even MSM isn't saying because it distracts from the storyline is ACORN was stopping fraudulent registrations they found suspect before they ever got to the election offices. They were not trying to get fraudulent voters registered. The law requires they turn them in anyway, so they flagged them and let the elections officials know they were suspect. Registering people who have a right to vote in this country is not voter fraud, even if the right would rather these folks not vote. Because poor people overwhelmingly vote democrat, the right is trying to tarnish ACORN and anyone associated with them but what they are really doing is warring against the poor. Because that is where ACORN is, in the poorest neighborhoods.

Posted by: alaskan2 | November 20, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

"Regardless how this ends up, it as a clear warning sign to liberal democrats, Obama and his radical team and ACORN that the gig is about to be up.
In November 2010 independents, republicans and bipartisan conservatives will be heard loud and clear. It is normal for the party out of power to make gains in an off year election under a new president. Next year will be far from normal, it will be a blood bath for the liberal, radical agenda.
If I am wrong this country will be on an irreversible path to socialism and the transformation of our democracy and free enterprise as promised by Obama.
Posted by: thehamptons1 "

Well, you fail on your premise. Why should Obama and the democrats be afraid of losing when they just carried a district whose last representative who wasn't a Republican was a Whig?

The Republicans OUGHT to have won, but the Conservatives decided that allowing a non-conservative to be elected wasn't in the party's best interest and shipped in a carpetbagger who didn't live in the district. THAT cost them the election.

Of course, they won't learn THAT particular lesson, because tyhey are already planning to put their various Hoffmen into places where other less than properly troglodyte Republicans stand a good chance of getting elected, thereby giving the Democrats good shots at otherwise (moderate) republican seats. This will especially be so in districts where incumbents get their official local Party's endorsement and therefore don't face an opponent in the primary.

But having lost twice with their revanchist republican platform in 2006 and 2008 they take the fools bet that they can't lose three times in a row because, "the odds favor them."

They have the Odds, alright, Hoffman and Palin and Steele are about as Odd as you can get.

Go Rabid Right, keep cutting moderates down to size and out of the Republican Party. You will be so much better off with several million fewer voters to keep happy.

And who knows, maybe we will have a rebirth of the Whigs. After all, Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, William Henry Harrison. and Zachary Taylor would feel SO much more at home in the twenty-first century than Sarah and Glen and Rush.

Posted by: ceflynline | November 20, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Wow ACORN should be running this country!

They are so efficient that they managed to slip past the watchful eyes of a Republican administration who made sure that there were NO terrorist attacks on US soil (well, since the last time there were on 9/11/2001), and stuff some 10 million ballots in different states to get Obama elected.

Then they managed to be in stealth mode, as in not even be around in NY-23, and manage to stuff ballots to get Owens elected.

I recommend that the conservatives bow to their intellectual prowess, their efficient stealth, and their ability to get results.

Posted by: HumanSimpleton | November 20, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

When a bunch of flat earthers who'se idea of science is that Adam and Eve rode dinosaures to work get on the ballot, the American public will send them home the majority of the time. That is why in New Jersy and Virginia the Republicans hide their conservative leanings like the "crazy uncle" in the attic that embarrases the whole familly.

Posted by: tniederberger | November 20, 2009 9:03 PM | Report abuse

"with acorns past it is possible, they have been convicted before for voter fraud so its not hearsay"

Posted by: getsix1

No. They haven't. Ever. Anywhere.

Posted by: rashomon | November 20, 2009 11:50 PM | Report abuse

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