And now, for a few things on Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh.
First, he was on Fox Business yesterday, and boy, did he get a friendly reception!
"With all due respect, you don't sound like a Democrat," the host, Tracy Byrnes, told him. "I feel like the rules and regulations have been coming out of the Democratic Party these days, and yet here you are trying so hard to bring jobs to your community."
Mr. Owens had just finished explaining to her his efforts to roll back Environmental Protection Agency regulations that treated spilled milk like spilled oil.
"I'm not sure that's completely accurate," Mr. Owens said of the host's claim that the Democrats are responsible for more regulations (President Barack Obama has written fewer regulations than his predecessor, but they cost more, according to Bloomberg). "There's been a lot of mixed testimony on that."
After explaining his position on small business regulations — the regulation must make sense for the size and type of the business — Ms. Byrnes lauded Mr. Owens' background. Mr. Owens worked as the general counsel for a hospital and was part of a group that helped bring Canadian businesses to the United States. He worked on several chamber of commerce initiatives on economic development.
"I hope we get more of you down there, some more people that actually have business acumen," Ms. Byrnes said.
Well howdy doody!
In fact, business acumen is exactly the argument that Republican Matt Doheny is going to use to try to unseat Mr. Owens in November 2012.
Mr. Doheny, who formerly worked for Deutsche Bank Securities and Fintech Advisory as a portfolio manager, constantly says these words, usually right in a row: "deep business experience." he will probably cringe at this interview that cedes that ground to Mr. Owens.
And here's the opposite side of the Bill Owens coin!
The NRCC has a Web ad that... ahem... encourages Mr. Owens to vote for the balanced budget amendment. The BBA would require the federal government to balance its books every year. It's coming up for a (messaging) vote later this week. Mr. Doheny is warm to the idea of the BBA, while Mr. Owens has said that he is against a balanced budget amendment, calling it bad policy.