Flashback: GOP Used To Badmouth Hoffman, Said He Had No Integrity

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October 31, 2009 1:42 p.m.

Now that the national Republican Party has gotten behind Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman in the NY-23 special election — following the withdrawal of moderate GOP candidate Dede Scozzafava — it’s fun to remember that the Republicans didn’t always feel so fondly about Hoffman.

As The Hill reported a month ago, NRCC spokesman Paul Lindsay said that Scozzafava was the right candidate, who was picked by the local party leaders and had an appeal to the district’s voters.

As for Lindsay’s view of Hoffman, who had also interviewed with party leaders for the nomination: “Fortunately, the local Republican county chairs had the foresight to see that Doug Hoffman lacked the integrity and qualities needed to be elected to anything — let alone Congress.”

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