Doug Hoffman, a popular tea party candidate, may be back in thick of regional politics again.
Moriah Republican Chairman Brett Thompson on Sunday endorsed Hoffman for state Assembly, even though Hoffman has not yet publicly stated his interest in running.
“The only one who would market the Adirondacks the best, in my opinion, would be Doug Hoffman,” said Thompson, who is not related to this reporter.
Thompson said he considered entering the race, but decided to back Hoffman instead when Hoffman expressed interest to him in running for the Assembly seat that will be open because state Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward, R-Willsboro, is retiring.
Hoffman could not immediately be reached for comment on Sunday.
Hoffman, an accountant from Lake Placid, was the Conservative candidate for Congress in the 23rd Congressional District in 2010 and in the 2009 special election.
Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava, a Republican, is among area politicians that have said they are seriously considering the Assembly race.
Thompson said Scozzafava has accomplished a lot at the local level, but Hoffman, because of his business background, is a better fit for Assembly.
“I don’t want to lose Tom as a supervisor,” he said.
Potential candidates have been weighing their options since Sayward announced Thursday she will not see re-election this fall.
Here’s a summary of possible candidates and those who have ruled it out.
Considering the race: Queensbury Supervisor Dan Stec, R; Moriah Supervisor Thomas Scozzafava, R; Jay Supervisor Randy Douglas, D; former Glens Falls Mayor Robert Regan, R; Thurman Supervisor Evelyn Wood, R.
Mentioned by local political observers as possible candidates: Ticonderoga Supervisor Debra Malaney, R; Doug Hoffman, an accountant from Lake Placid, R.
Ruled it out: Glens Falls Mayor John “Jack” Diamond, D; former Johnsburg Supervisor Sterling Goodspeed, R, Dennis Tarantino, D, (lawyer from Queensbury who ran in 2004); Chesterfield Supervisor Gerald Morrow, D, (who ran in 2002); former state Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner Judith Calogero of Glens Falls, R; Queensbury at-large Supervisor Mark Westcott,R.