NY-23: Rudy Giuliani Robocalls for Hoffman
WATERTOWN, N.Y. — On a Sunday evening conference call with conservative bloggers — where he was joined by former Dede Scozzafava campaign manager Matt Burns — Rob Ryan, spokesman for NY-23 Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman, said that former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani had recorded a robocall for the campaign. That makes Giuliani one of the small number of Hoffman endorsers to put deeds behind his words, joining former House Majority Leader Dick Armey and former New York Gov. George Pataki, who’d appeared in the district, as well as Fred Thompson, who is speaking at the campaign’s last big rally in Watertown tomorrow.
“The NRCC and the RNC are doing whatever they can for us,” said Ryan. “I just finished a conference call with them about what we’re doing–they had people on the ground today, working out of our headquarters.”
The call, organized by the American Conservative Union’s political action committee, brought together a bevy of key conservative bloggers, including John Hawkins of Right Wing News, Ed Morrissey of HotAir.com, Moe Lane of RedState.com and two reporter/bloggers for The Washington Times, Kerry Picket and Amanda Carpenter. After Ryan and Burns asked for support, conservative reporter Robert Stacy McCain gave bloggers a rundown of the district and the campaign so far.
One notable aspect of the call: a heavy focus on ACORN and labor unions. “We’re afraid of ACORN coming in, unions coming in, MoveOn.org coming in,” said Ryan. When I asked about the impact of unions switching their support and get-out-the-vote efforts from Scozzafava to Democratic candidate Bill Owens, Ryan said that the unions were reverting to type now that they didn’t owe Scozzafava’s union organizer husband anything. Anita Moncrief, a former ACORN worker who now talks to conservatives about the organization’s scandals, asked what evidence Ryan had of ACORN messing around in the race — Ryan didn’t present any, but left the possibility out there.
Meanwhile, Mayor Jeff Graham of Watertown — the biggest city in the district, with less than 30,000 people — has endorsed Hoffman.