Even before this article ran Conservative candidate Douglas Hoffman was a non-starter with the unions, while Dede Scozzafava was likely their choice due to her close connections and Democratic candidate Bill Owens was being given an obligatory look by the unions. But, Hoffman may have tighten the screws of support with some of the Republican base
Where do they stand after the article? Not much different from the standpoint of the union with the exception that Owens simply looks clueless by the following comments.
"Mr. Owens gave no position but said it's an idea 'that I would have to look at very, very carefully.' ...
"Mr. Owens said he was not familiar with the specific legislation"
If you are chasing core partisan politics and you have a Republican perspective or even a libertarian slant then Hoffman quite possibly would have impressed you with his knowledge and positions on the issues, while Dede Scozzafava would have disappointed you in her positions, especially with the Employee Free Choice Act. If you have a Democratic perspective then you might have leaned away from Owens and toward Scozzafava. Although, a hard core Democrat still has a difficult time pulling a GOP lever.
Winners and Losers in this article;
Winner: Hoffman with GOP base voters.
Neutral: Scozzafava remains neutral, or slight slip from base.
Loser: Owens for not knowing the issues important to his base and his continuing struggle on issues during interviews.