Mark Barie, head of UNYTEA, has announced that Doug Hoffman and Matt Doheny will debate live in Plattsburgh on September 1st.
“We are very pleased that both Mr. Doheny and Mr. Hoffman trust UNYTEA to host a forum which is fair and equitable to both candidates”, said Barie, adding “The debate is part of our on-going effort to keep the voters informed about their choices in the upcoming election.”
UNYTEA has endorsed Hoffman in the race for Congress.
According to Barie’s release, questions will be posed to the candidates by three members of the media, who will be named next week.
Once again this year, the NY-23 race has boiled down to a classic face-off between the district’s Republican Party leaders — who have all endorsed Doheny — and the tea party-conservative movement, which has embraced Hoffman.
The wrinkle is that the GOP’s pick this time is far more conservative than their candidate last year, Dede Scozzafava.
It will be interesting to see how (and how well) the two men are able to distinguish their ideas.
The winner of this September’s primary will face off against Democratic incumbent Bill Owens, who is unchallenged in his party’s primary.