The Plattsburgh Press Republican is reporting that a city man will try to secure the Republican line in the 2012 race for Congress.
Timothy Stampfler is a corrections officer in Dannemora, the paper reports.
Mr. Stampfler has not responded to my requests for comment, but I spoke with Don Lee, the Clinton County GOP chair, two days ago. Mr. Lee told me that Mr. Stampfler had previously spoken to him about a run, but at the time, Mr. Stampfler had not made up his mind.
Mr. Stampfler faces significant financial, logistical and political challenges. Republican Matt Doheny has about a two year and several million dollar head start; he ran in 2010, and has earned the good will of many political figures in the north country (and Brooklyn) by busting his hump and opening his wallet via political donations to officials and groups around the district and, in some cases, just outside of it.
Both men want to take on Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh.
Doug Hoffman, too, might run, and he is by far the most viable non-Doheny choice for the rightward leaning folks in the district. He was on the Conservative line for the race in 2009 and 2010, and the split on the right helped deliver the historically Republican district to Mr. Owens. In the meantime, Mr. Hoffman became a conservative folk hero and one of the first tea party standard bearers.
Will he run again? It depends on if Lake Placid is in the 23rd Congressional District, Mr. Hoffman told Jim Kelly, according to Mr. Kelly, a Conservative Party activist.
When I've asked, Mr. Hoffman has been mum about his intentions, saying he wants to wait for the district lines to come out.
"There's going to be a lot of people who get into this race, but I'm telling you, it's going to be Hoffman or Doheny," said Mr. Kelly, who said he has accompanied Mr. Doheny to several fundraisers and speaks with him monthly and has not said whom he supports or would support.
Two people flirted with the idea of running for Congress on the Republican line, but both eventually thought better. A third, Kellie Greene, is working on shoring up grassroots conservative support and has contacted election officials to ask about how to run for Congress.
Some folks aligned with the Upstate New York Tea Party, which had previously supported Mr. Doheny, don't want another candidate in the race.
More on Mr. Stampfler: He ran unsuccessfully in 2010 for a city post, the Press-Republican reported.
And more: A not-safe-for-those-who-don't-like-the-F-bomb story in the Village Voice featured Mr. Stampfler, who was a witness to a Malone prison murder in 2010 when he was a corrections officer there.