Friday, October 23, 2009

Right-wing candidate ducks real debate

North County Public Radio's Brian Mann encouraged 23rd Congressional district candidate Doug Hoffman to attend the only public debate held in the district. Hoffman, a Republican running on the Conservative "Party" line, has become the darling of hard right social conservatives angry with the moderate stances on social issues held by Republican designee Dede Scozzafava.

Hoffman received the endorsement of former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin. While that will shore up his support with the ideologues and doubtlessly help with puffing up his war chest with money from outside the district, it remains to be seen if that will be a blessing or an albatross in his attempt to win moderate voters.

Hoffman has so far ducked repeated requests to appear at the debate. He's also come scrutinty for focusing on generic national rhetoric and not having much of a clue on the important local issues that affect the district. Perhaps that's why he was comfortable engaging in sycophantic chit-chat with national yap show host Glenn Beck but is wary of having to answer questions from real human beings who live in the district he wants to represent.

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