I present to you, unadulterated, the spin from the National Republican Congressional Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee about Matt Doheny's win in the GOP primary yesterday. He will face Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh in November. The idealist in me wants to say something to the effect of: The dissonance you see here helps explain why our system is broken. But I'll keep that to myself.
National Republican Congressional Committee:
Bill Owens has already faced a serious challenger in businessman Matt Doheny in 2010, when he won only after spoiler Doug Hoffman took six percent of the vote away by running on the Conservative line. Doheny came within a hair of unseating Owens losing 46 percent to Owens’ 48 percent. Not only will Hoffman not be on the ballot this year Owens will have to contend with a third party candidate, Donald Hassig, running on the Green Party line. Also, redistricting has made this the most Republican district in the state by registration. It's also important to note that Owens has never received more than 50% of the vote in his district and unified support behind Doheny this cycle ensures that Owens cannot win with a simple plurality.
This cycle, successful businessman Matt Doheny will be an even more formidable challenger and his experience as a candidate strengthens his chances in the fall. Doheny has become well known as a local advocate of less government intervention and more individual freedom. In stark contrast, Owens will have to run in this Republican leaning district as a partisan Democrat who has supported President Obama's failed agenda at nearly every turn. While Owens tries to hide his partisanship, his support for ObamaCare will be a weight around his neck in this North Country district. By announcing he will not go to the Democratic National Convention, Owens recognizes his hyper-partisan record is politically toxic in his new district. However, Owens can’t hide from the fact that he has voted with Obama up to 86% of his time in office.
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee:
Representative Bill Owens is also facing a repeat challenger in Matt Doheny, who failed to win in 2010 despite the strong Republican wave. Doheny has struggled in the early stages of the campaign, gaining national attention for photos showing him kissing a woman who’s not his fiancÚ while meeting with National Republicans in Washington, DC. Doheny also faces an uphill climb convincing North Country voters that his background of making millions by stripping down companies and laying off employees qualifies him to be a member of Congress.