Doug Hoffman, the unsuccessful Conservative Party candidate in the hectic NY-23 special election last year, and his primary challenger in the Republican primary this year, Matt Doheny, are now squabbling over a big issue: Doheny's previous arrests for boating-under-the-influence.
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On Friday, Hoffman called on Doheny to release paperwork from the case, which Doheny did later that day. The two incidents both occurred in July 2004, two weeks apart. In the first incident, which occurred at 3:20 a.m. ET, Doheny was fined $1,000 for BUI, plus $75 for not having a required personal flotation device. For the second episode, which occurred at 2 a.m. ET, he paid $1,000 for BUI, plus $425 for not having a state registration.
Hoffman and Doheny will face off in the September 14 Republican primary. Hoffman is simultaneously running on the Conservative Party line, while Doheny is also running with the Independence Party, under New York's fusion voting system. Doheny has said he would drop out of the race if he lost the Republican nod, while Hoffman has kept the door open to possibly continuing as a Conservative. The incumbent is Democrat Bill Owens, who narrowly won the special election last year against Hoffman after the moderate Republican, Dede Scozzafava, was forced out of the race by national right-wing pressure (and some of her own campaign's missteps).