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Doug Hoffman, the $13,550.20 man

That's how much money the defeated candidate in last year's epic NY-23 special election raised in the first quarter of 2010. True, Hoffman made the campaign official on March 9, giving him only three weeks to haul in cash. But no one can spin that as a good total for a national conservative icon who raised close to $2 million for his 2009 run, eventually pushing GOP candidate Dede Scozzafava out of the race.

Hoffman's weak haul is one factor piquing Republican interest in Matt Doheny, a businessman who's raised more than $500,000 since announcing for the seat -- he lost the nomination to Scozzafava and bowed out while Hoffman stayed in the race as a Conservative Party candidate.

Instead of coming out of the gate with buzz and a moneybomb, Hoffman has set up a situation where conservatives will be informed, once again, that they need to support his long-shot bid to make a point. Below the jump is an e-mail sent out by Hoffman's campaign, under his name, on April 15.


You stood with me last year in a fight against Republican chairmen who had lost their way. In fact, none of it would have been possible without your support. I know that you share the same concerns that I do about the importance of choosing Republicans who will stand up and fight for our conservative values. It was this concern that drove me to run on the Conservative Party line against ultra-liberal Republican Dede Scozzafava.

Well, you would think that the Republican chairmen had learned their lesson from that race. If you remember, with the support of thousands of good conservative Republicans in NY-23, we were on track to win that race only to have Scozzafava, a RINO, endorse the Democrat days before the election.

Rarely after losing a race can someone claim victory - but, I feel we did win last year, because conservative Republicans and Tea Party members sent a crystal clear message to GOP leaders in New York and Washington that choosing liberals to run as Republicans would not be taken lying down.

But unfortunately some GOP chairmen in NY-23 don't seem to have gotten the message.

Earlier this week in Oneida County, Republican leaders endorsed my opponent without even bothering to invite me to the meeting. This in a county where I beat Dede Scozzafava by 2,766 votes and Bill Owens by 982 votes. It should come as no surprise that my opponent was a strong supporter of Dede Scozzafava and most certainly does not represent our conservative values.

It's okay though. Unlike last year where the party chairmen could anoint a liberal Republican, this year the voters in NY-23 will get to vote in a primary to decide who their Republican nominee is. We currently have a 60 point lead in the polls over my Scozzafava-supporting opponent and we are confident of prevailing on Election Day.

But to do it, I need your help NOW. Some of the party chairmen up here in NY-23 think that people have forgotten what they did last year with Scozzafava. They want conservative Republican voters to just go away and let them decide who gets to run and who doesn't.

I won't let them do that! But I need your help!

If the other night's scheme by the party chairmen to try and secretly anoint a liberal Republican to run in NY-23 is any indication, then these guys will stop at nothing to keep a conservative Republican like me from winning.

And that's why I'm writing today to ask you to join our team again.

If you want to get an idea of how far some of these party chairmen will go to keep a conservative Republican from winning, l've attached an article from a local paper below laying out what is going on in NY-23.

It's an amazing read, but not surprising. Remember, these are the guys who gave us Dede Scozzafava.

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By David Weigel  |  April 20, 2010; 6:01 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Election  | Tags: Bill Owen, Conservative Party, Dede Scozzafava, Doug Hoffman, New York's 23rd congressional district, Politics, Republican, United States  
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