The Independence Party of New York is one of the most powerful and successful state-level third parties in the United States, with over 400,000 members statewide and two elected assemblymen, Timothy P. Gordon and Fred Thiele. Today the Independence Party of New York endorsed the candidacy of Republican Matt Doheny in New York’s 23rd Congressional District.
Doheny said in the same release that he appreciates “the party’s confidence in my campaign and their understanding that I will be a common sense, independent voice when I win in November and go to Washington.”
He made no mention of the twin legal probes that have been bedeviling the Indy Party in Oneida County (it should be noted that this is strictly a local issue) and Manhattan.
Doheny is fighting Doug Hoffman for the GOP line against Owens. The Conservative Party, which backed Hoffman against Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava in the special election, is so far sticking with him this time around, too.
That’s in spite of the fact that local Republican leaders have complained Hoffman isn’t working hard enough and are behind Doheny.
The Indys backed Assemblywoman Scozzafava last year, and were stuck with her after she was pushed out of the race by the more conservative Hoffman just days before the election.
At the time, MacKay said it had been a mistake for his party to back Scozzafava over Owens and called the campaign “disastrous.”
Doug Hoffman, Doheny’s primary opponent in the Republican Party, received the nomination of the Conservative Party in the district in 2008 and ran as a third party candidate against the Republican Party candidate Dede Scozzafava.