The second- and third-place finishers two years ago behind U.S. Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburg, are teaming up this year to defeat the incumbent in the new 21st Congressional District.
Republican congressional candidate Matt Doheny, who also has the Conservative and Independence Party nominations, announced Thursday Doug Hoffman, his Conservative opponent in 2010, has endorsed his candidacy.
Hoffman placed a distant third, behind Doheny, who placed second, in 2010. Owens won re-election in the race with less than 50 percent of the vote.
Hoffman, an accountant for Lake Placid, said he and Doheny are both businessmen who understand the needs of the district.
“Matt and I, although we were opponents, we had the same agenda and political views that we need somebody in Washington that’s going to stop the spending, the regulating and the taxes. And I believe Matt is the man that will do that,” Hoffman said in a telephone interview confirming the endorsement.
Hoffman said he will campaign publicly with Doheny.
“I’m endorsing Matt today because I believe that we need to get my supporters and all Republicans, Conservatives and Independence Party members to come together and send somebody to Washington that’s going to have the majority vote in the district,” he said.
Owens has the Democratic and Working Families nominations.
The Green Party candidate is Donald Hassig, a political activist from St. Lawrence County.