The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is up with its first ad of the election cycle against Republican Matt Doheny.
The ad attempts to link Mr. Doheny to Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan's budget. Mr. Doheny has offered his own thoughts on the Medicare program, saying that it should be open to more private competition.
A response from Doheny campaign spokesman Jude Seymour:
"Bill Owens' Washington friends are lying about Matt Doheny's position on Medicare in a shameful attempt to scare and confuse voters.
"As Matt made clear in his 'Bipartisan Ideas on Preserving Medicare,' he does not support Paul Ryan's Medicare plan. He believes that seniors should be able to keep traditional Medicare if that's what works for them. And he wants to improve on the Medicare Advantage program, which is used by more than 40,000 seniors in this district.
"This is nothing more than a desperate ploy by Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to distract voters from the fact that 5,000 more people are unemployed now in Bill Owens' district than when he first took over. Voters should hold him accountable for that terrible record on Nov. 6."
Here's the spot, which started airing today in the Albany market.