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Hoffman won't run for Congress


Doug Hoffman has made it official: He won't run for Congress again in November.
Mr. Hoffman, a tea party hero, was on the Conservative Party line in 2009 and 2010. His presence on the line in 2009 helped spawn the tea party movement and also was a key part of a fracture on the right in the north country, helping deliver a north country Democrat to Congress for the first time since the Civil War era.
He ran again in 2010, but failed to win the Republican nomination.
There is likely a hip-hip-hooray in the campaign of Matt Doheny right now. Mr. Doheny won that Republican nomination, but Mr. Hoffman's presence on the ballot again hamstrung him and may have sealed his defeat to Mr. Owens. Mr. Doheny is trying to beat Mr. Owens again in the Nov. 6 race, and Mr. Hoffman represented the most formidable primary challenger.
Mr. Hoffman has toyed with the idea of running again for Congress for months, but there are several factors standing in his way. One is money; his congressional campaign is still in debt. The other is a compressed timeframe with redistricting. And I'm not entirely convinced there was much support left for him on a grassroots level, given the amount of work Mr. Doheny has put in to wooing conservatives and Conservatives. Mr. Hoffman made the announcement that he wouldn't run for Congress again on the same day that the Upstate New York Tea Party endorsed Mr. Doheny.
"I announced (Thursday) night at the Essex County Republican meeting that I will not be running for Congress this year and will devote my full efforts as an Assemblyman candidate for the new 114th District," Mr. Hoffman told me in an email.
There never was a very good chance for Mr. Hoffman to get in the race again, but his official announcement is a bookend on a long chapter in north country politics.

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