State Assemblyman Will Barclay of Oswego County, who himself had sought the Republican nomination to run for the 23rd Congressional district seat, is calling on both contenders for the GOP nomination in Tuesday’s primary, Matt Doheny and Doug Hoffman, and their supporters, to “take a breather and start thinking about working together for their common objective of defeating liberal Democrat Congressman Bill Owens in November.
“What would be unreasonable,” Barclay said in a statement to the press, “would be for either Doheny or Hoffman to refuse to gracefully accept the verdict of the voters and give aid and comfort to Bill Owens and his liberal Democrat allies by campaigning against the candidate the people chose."
Barclay says either candidate “should not merely endorse, but also actively campaign for, the candidate the people chose so we can replace Bill Owens as our representative in Congress.”
Barclay says the Associated Press is projecting Doheny as the primary winner.
Hoffman has said his name will appear on the Conservative Party line on November’s ballot, and that it should remain there regardless of the outcome of Tuesday’s Republican primary.
In addition to his attempt at the nomination for Congress, Barclay challenged then Assemblyman Darrel Aubertine, a Democrat, in a special election in February 2008 to fill the seat vacated by 48th District Sen. James Wright when he resigned to join the private sector.