Hoffman seeks Kaptur’s seat

"Everybody in Congress, Democrats and Republicans, all act as if the federal government is going to run out of money (and) that there is a fiscal crisis on the horizon."
Andy Ouriel
Feb 16, 2014


A   self-proclaimed political underdog revealed his blueprint to repair a battered U.S. economy and unite bickering bipartisan representatives. Sandusky native and Huron resident Cory Hoffman intends to be an Independent candidate for Ohio’s 9th Congressional District. The district spans from Cleveland to Toledo, hugs Lake Erie and covers Erie and Ottawa counties. The Bowling Green State University graduate stands to face Congressional veteran U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo, and a Republican in an election this November. Hoffman, a Cleveland-based attorney specializing in business law, recently discussed his views on “Between the Lines Live”
Watch the interview in the player below

Q: Why do want to represent Ohio’s 9th Congressional District?

CH: I have an emotional investment in Toledo, where my fiancée and family is from. I’ve lived in the central (portion) in Erie County, Sandusky and Huron and spent much of my youth on the Lake Erie islands. I work in Cleveland. I love all parts of this district. I have a genuine and emotional attachment to this district, substantially differentiating me from other candidates in this race.    

Q: You’re running as an Independent candidate but originally filed as a Democrat. Why did you switch?

CH: I decided it would be in the best interest in my pursuit for the district if I withdrew from the Democratic primary, which occurs in May, and went ahead and pursued submitting a petition for an Independent, progressive candidacy. The purpose of a primary is to eliminate people with similar ideas. My ideas are substantially different than Marcy Kaptur’s. This way, it will be better for the people of northern Ohio to hear different ideas over a longer period of time and be able to choose the best candidate in the general election.

Q: Did the Ohio Democratic Party support your campaign when you originally filed as a Democrat?

CH: I’m a progressive liberal. The Democratic Party does not share most of my major ideas on economic development issues. The Democratic Party’s No. 1 goal in Ohio is they want to get (Republican Ohio Gov.) John Kasich out of office. They don’t want to deal with a longshot primary campaign against a mainstay like Marcy. They were not interested in that right now.

Q: What is your campaign primarily based on?

CH: Economics and a change in federal budget policy. Everybody in Congress, Democrats and Republicans, all act as if the federal government is going to run out of money (and) that there is a fiscal crisis on the horizon. They (claim) they have to raise taxes and cut spending in order to stop the national debt from crushing our society. But this is fundamentally incorrect. The federal government is the creator and provider of all U.S. dollars. All U.S. dollars must come to the federal government. Terms like the federal government is in deficit or they are going to run out of money are fundamentally erroneous.

Q: So what must Congress and the federal government do?

CH: We need to change the conversation. The job of the federal government is to provide enough dollars so our households can be in balance and not be in debt. Our federal government should target its spending and taxing based upon its practical effect. How can we make sure we can get everyone a job? We need to target full employment so everyone willing and able to work can find work. This will ensure households and businesses and city and state governments can have balanced budgets.

Q: Are you suggesting that balancing a federal budget, or arguing to do so, is a waste of energy?

CH: It is a waste of energy. The federal government’s job is to make sure our economy functions. They provide the dollars we all need in an economy to make sure we can all balance our budgets. Their jobs should be to provide money (without necessarily printing more money) so that we can invest and spend and create jobs.

Q: What do you propose?

CH: We need to take away this false idea that the government is going to run out of money. That doesn’t mean you should just throw money out of helicopters. Instead of producing food stamps and welfare payments, where people sit at home in despair and are not able to participate in our economy, we should provide an employment guarantee. The federal government, using its power of the purse, provides dollars for our economy to pay the salaries at a minimum wage for anybody that is willing and able to work. It would be a replication of what we did with the New Deal.

Q: What are your views on Border Patrol, or federal police officers who don’t have a specific mission?

CH: Just because I point out the federal government doesn’t have to worry about running out of money doesn’t mean we shouldn’t allocate it in a practical and efficient way. Would these funds be better reallocated to city and local governments than having Border Patrol agents drive up and down Ohio 2 everyday?

Q: What is your stance on the ongoing war in Afghanistan?

CH: If elected, I would push to end involvement in Afghanistan. The Afghanistan War at this point has gone on longer than Vietnam. There is nothing more unproductive for this world and for our country than killing people and breaking things. It’s a mess.

Q: What is your opinion on same-sex marriages?

CH: I believe that same-sex marriage is wonderful. Gays and lesbians, LGBT, should be able to get married.

For more information, or to participate in Hoffman’s campaign, log onto coryhoffmanforcongress.com  .



Re: "I’m a progressive liberal."

i.e. a socialist.


Now that you put it like that I definitely will vote for him.


Re: "I definitely will vote for him."

Good for you! It's worked so well in the USSR, N. Korea, Cuba, et. al.


The Big Dog's back

Always trying to demonize by lying. You're pathetic.

Darwin's choice

Got worms?


Re: "We need to take away this false idea that the government is going to run out of money."

Yea, we can always borrow and print more right?


"...all act as if the federal government is going to run out of money (and) that there is a fiscal crisis on the horizon.."

spend all your money and credit. how many friends and relatives can you borrow from before you run ALL the way out?

He's emotionally attached. Great.


"Q: Are you suggesting that balancing a federal budget, or arguing to do so, is a waste of energy?

CH: It is a waste of energy."
Is this for real?

The Big Dog's back

It's not the most important thing for real Americans.


What would you know about being a real American? A real American is self reliant and does not depend on the government (Or your mom) for a easy way through life. All you care about is killing people without trial in the name of your god, That and praising him for lying and making you look stupid so get real man. Grow up and learn something.
Most Americans know how to count and they know common sense and it IS a issue, sorta like it was a issue when you made a big deal about Bush's debt. But as a hypocrite i can see where you have forgotten all about that now your gods the president.

The Big Dog's back

I didn't make a big deal about bush's debt until you right wingnuts tried to blame it on Obama.


"The problem is that the way Bush has done it over the last eight years is to take out a credit card from the Bank of China in the name of our children, driving up our national debt from $5 trillion for the first 42 presidents. Number 43 added $4 trillion by his lonesome, so that we now have over $9 trillion of debt that we are going to have to pay back — $30,000 for every man, woman and child. That's irresponsible. It's unpatriotic." B Obama
Your God sure made a big deal out of it. You know because he is the king of the hypocrites.
Please tell us again why you do not like Bush?


Mods, please delete this comment.


Good for you Cory....you have my vote. We need change.


Welcome to the race Mr. Hoffman. I wish you best of luck......Best of luck in draining as many votes away from Ms. Kaptur as you possibly can, so we can get someone more fiscally conservative representing us in Washington.

Keep on keeping on.



Trigger from Erie

You're kidding right? This guy thinks money grows on trees. Seriously. I thought I was reading The Onion instead of the Register when I read this story.

Simple Enough II

Really? Is this the Jr. Form of Dennis Kuchinich?


This from your litter Brutus?


Contango...aka Winnie: Looks like hes got my vote!


Re: "Looks like hes (sic) got my vote!"

Good for you!

Spitting the Dem vote will give the Repub candidate the opening Zippy.

Smart! lol

The Big Dog's back

3rd party pooh, you should vote for him.

Darwin's choice


Anyone But Kaptur.

Career politicians are a blight on society.


Boy, he sounds like a winner! His idea of good government is more "good" programs backed up by more printed money. The guy's a nut ball,


I choked when I read all US dollars must come to the Feds!!! Another Keynesian nut job. Government PRINTS money, it does not create money, it has no money, the money it does have is TAKEN from the people who earn it, in the form of taxes fines, fees, registrations etc. So in his estimation the Gov takes others property (money)and then hands it out to all households "so they can be in balance and not be in debt." One loon in NY wins and they all come out!

Dr. Information

I about choked too. Of course, this guy is probably like Obama and thinks people didn't build their business's........someone else did.


His answers to the Q&A certainly painted him as a more of a "socialist" leaning candidate but it'd be nice if commenters such as Contango wouldn't find it necessary to use the term "socialist" in a derogatory manner.


I love the Kaptur ads that she is standing out in front of her Toledo home and tells how she has lived in that home of her parents all her life. I believe she refers to it as her humble home in Toledo. Well I want her to show me her $3,000,000.00 home that she resides in, in Washington DC. Ya gotta just love politics!

No Wake

I don't want to argue your point, but have you seen real estate prices in DC? A modest 3br/2bath 1,500 sq. ft house built in the 30's goes for almost a million. It's not as bad as it sounds, all things considered.




Don't forget the other houses she owns in Toledo. This is a Congressman for the last 30 years or so, who owns houses in both Toledo and DC. Also known as one of the 1% after 30 years or so as a democrat Congressman. Sure must pay well.


@grumpy, Marcy Kaptur is a congresswoman.


Wait. I'm almost positive I was looking for The Sandusky Register web site. Did I mistakenly get the latest edition of The Onion? The Q&A is hilarious! It's a joke, right? RIGHT???

There is ONE funny thing about this: As progressive as Marcy is, this guy makes her look like a DINO. Maybe her most rabid socialist followers will vote for him and siphon off some of those "I don't know anything about the issues, but I know I've always voted for Democrats" votes. Getting somebody in office from this district with a sense of fiscal responsibility (not to mention a little economic literacy) would be a REALLY nice change!


Can you please elaborate on the meaning of the term "rabid socialist"? How exactly do these "rabid" socialists that you mention behave in our political environment?



So who is that Sam? The local Republican party can't get a viable candidate for ANY race.


Agreed! And why is that? My own personal conjecture is that this area is so heavily Democratic that the Republican Party has given up putting forth any real effort to field a candidate. No matter how viable, the thought seems to be that too many union members, etc. will vote Democrat regardless of the choices before them.

Personally, I'd prefer to see a decent Libertarian candidate run since I'm not all that fond of Republicans (generally speaking), either. But if you think some Republican candidates seem, well, less than vote-worthy, the few Libs that have been on the ballot were mostly CRINGE-worthy!


Re: "Libertarian candidate,"

The 'problem' with all successful third party candidates is working to pass legislation with the existing major parties.

Not that I agree totally with the platform of the TEA Party, but their approach of reforming the Repubs from the inside is the most practical one.

As an example, Rand Paul may be considered a member of the TEA Party, but his past is more associated with libertarian principles.

H*ll, the socialists already pretty much own the Dems. They're just afraid of the term so they have to use euphemisms like: liberal, progressive, et. al.

Wonder how well Mr. Hoffman would line up politically with another "independent," Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)?


Oh, come on YoMamma, What do you mean the Republicans can't get a viable candidate? They did have Joe the Plumber running.


And of course the rainbow gazette had to throw the gay question in there. We have more to worry about than gay issues in this country give it a rest will ya.

JudgeMeNot's picture

My name is Cory Hoffman. I am a 28 year old lawyer from a sleepy vacation town just outside of Cedar Point. I am adherent of Modern Monetary Theory and would call myself a \\\"Hubert Humphrey Democrat\\\"


It is unfortunate that the spin is that our gov't has a deficit of #17 trillion because most people believe that is what our governments debt is. However one should really start looking at a more significant number and that would be our governments unfunded liabilities. If you calculate what the gov't owes funds that they have "borrowed" from such as social security the unfunded liabilities are probably closer to $75 - $100 trillion!

People, sooner or later, the gov't will be coming for more of your money and I am guessing it will be sooner.

Dr. Information

"Democrats and Republicans, all act as if the federal government is going to run out of money (and) that there is a fiscal crisis on the horizon. They (claim) they have to raise taxes and cut spending in order to stop the national debt from crushing our society. But this is fundamentally incorrect."

So Einstein, what do you call 20 Trillion in debt? The only thing this guy has said that is correct is that the government can keep printing money. The problem is, when the buying power continues to lose ground, which it, that money becomes about as worthless as the paper its printed on.

Glad we are raising more borrow, tax, print spend fools.