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Long: Doheny will get Conservative nod

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Mike Long, the Conservative Party chairman, told me a few moments ago that Matt Doheny will get his party's line.
It's a significant yet expected development for the Watertown Republican, who has been working to unify the right against Democratic Rep. Bill Owens in November's election.
"On the basis of what I've been hearing, Matt Doheny will be authorized to be the candidate of the Conservative Party," Mr. Long told me.
Conservative Party leaders in St. Lawrence and Franklin counties, which are in the 21st Congressional District, have endorsed Mr. Doheny for Congress. Oswego and Madison counties were in the old district, but committees there gave Mr. Doheny the nod all the same.
A little bit of history: In 2009 and 2010, the Conservative Party and Republican Party didn't have the same candidates, which split the right and helped deliver the historically GOP district to Mr. Owens.
Mr. Doheny couldn't get the nod in 2010 for a couple of reasons, but probably the biggest one was out of a sense of loyalty to Doug Hoffman. But he isn't in the race this time around.
Also, Mr. Doheny "maxed out" to Republican Dede Scozzafava, who dropped out of the 2009 race and endorsed Mr. Owens. Plus, he supports abortion in the first trimester of pregnancy, though he says he'll have a "100 percent pro-life" voting record in Congress.
"I think he has shown the energy and the tenacity to continue to work and communicate and talk to the leaders of the party, and show them a clear willingness that he most sincerely wants to represent the people of that district," Mr. Long said. "His check to Dede is a chapter that is closed. From my perspective, I'm pro life. There will be differences, there will always will be differences. But I do believe he will not be trying to promote an agenda for abortion."
The Conservative Party will make it official at the party's April 19 executive committee meeting, Mr. Long said.
"I don’t see anything standing in the way," Mr. Long said.

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