As Doug Hoffman has little chance, despite his late gains, of reversing the apparent outcome of the NY-23 election that put Bill Owens in Congress instead of him, what reason could he have for dramatically “unconceding” the race this week? We found out via our inbox this morning — money!
The DougHoffmanforCongress.com email we got — far from the district Hoffman sought to represent — says he is “writing you today” because “recent developments leave me to wonder who is scheming behind closed doors, twisting arms and stealing elections from the voters of NY-23.” He then gives the leading rightwing dog-whistles of the day:
We know this would not be the first time for the ACORN faithful to tamper with democracy…And inevitably:
This sounds like a tactic right from the ACORN playbook…
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…
Please donate now to help me ensure every vote is counted!Dave Weigel says, “This isn’t the sort of behavior that wins over a skeptical electorate looking at a possible rematch between Hoffman and Rep. Bill Owens” at the 2010 election (this year’s was a special election). But we doubt a rematch is what he’s after, at least for now. Running for Congress costs money, and most campaigns end up in deep debt. As Hoffman relied on out-of-district conservatives to boost his quixotic candidacy, no doubt he expects national rightists looking to fight liberal perfidy wherever it occurs to send him checks. It’s the miracle of democracy!