Saturday, October 17, 2009

The more people learn about Scozzafava, the better Hoffman does…

The more people learn about Scozzafava, the better I do is the take from Conservative Party candidate for Congress Doug Hoffman. Doug Hoffman, running in the New York 23rd District’s special election, made those statements in a special guest post on

Hoffman’s post was spurred by the decision of Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava, the Republican selected to run for the seat by party bosses, to sign Taxpayer Protection Pledge to not raise income taxes if elected to Congress. Hoffman said Assemblywoman Scozzafava signing the pledged was a stunt in an attempt to seem more conservative. Hoffman pointed out Assemblywoman Scozzafava mocked Hoffman for signing the pledge about two months before she signed the pledge.

Assemblywoman Scozzafava is liberal-leaning and is sliding in the polls. Only about half of Republicans are even backing her in a recent Siena College poll. Hoffman wrote that is for one simple reason, “The more [conservatives] learn about Dede Scozzafava, the worse she does in the polls. And the more they learn about my campaign, the better we do.”

Daggett does not win Debate, therefore he loses…

Daggett does not win Debate, therefore he loses is the take from Wally Edge writing at Edge wrote nearly unanimously first New Jersey Guberantorial debate watchers said Chris Daggett won. As for the second debate nobody won, making Daggett the biggest looser of the debate.

Edge writes, “Expectations were high; after all, Daggett was the great debater, the guy who could put Jon Corzine and Chris Christie in their places, the man who would show the state why the two party system was a failure… (Daggett) came off a little whiney and a lot pompous.”

What could have been Daggett’s largest failure according to Edge’s article was Daggett not talking about his own record, “Daggett didn't say a word about his own record in government. He served in Tom Kean's cabinet, and held a top environmental post under Ronald Reagan. No mention of specifics of his own record.”

Edge also questioned Daggett being, “unable to name a single Justice of the United States Supreme Court, even though panelists gave him several chances.”


Newspaper Commentary: Daggett wins debate #2.

Josh McMahon writes in a commentary on that Independent Gubernatorial candidate Chris Daggett won the second Gubernatorial debate.

McMahon says, “Daggett who impressed in the first time out and did so again. He was the most likeable and the one who made the most sense… Of the three, Daggett is the only one who has acted like a leader and like someone who respects the voters' intelligence.”

McMahon writes of the reason to not vote for the Republican or Democrat in this race, “For voters clinging to hope that one of the two major party wannabes would be inspiring – or at least offer a embraceable argument for his election – Friday night's debate was yet another let down in a series of them… After two debates the bottom line is that neither of the two major party candidates is particularly appealing. Forget charisma, neither one comes close to inspiring anybody to vote for him. Even more depressing neither one offers hope that the future will be better.”

But McMahon ends with a sober take for Daggett, “Despite his performance, Daggett probably won't win. The two-party system is rigged against a third party candidate like him. That's too bad.” Will voters take the time to find Daggett’s name hidden in the ballot? If voters think that searching though less than two-dozen ballot lines is going to be too hard, do New Jerseyians really deserve a good Governor?

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