Democrats, including Rep. Bill Owens, have had one brutally consistent message about Republican Matt Doheny's campaign: His business experience disqualifies him for the position.
A new ad today hits that message again, with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee using some fascinating citations to say that Mr. Doheny fired workers, gave executives bonuses, and hired cheap labor while hiding his money overseas.
The claims are nothing new. They were pawed over in the 2010 election, too.
The Doheny campaign rebuts all of that, and, matter of fact, says his business experience is exactly the reason he should be elected. He understands the economy, he says. The argument goes: If America isn't growing quickly enough, don't you want a guy who spent his private-sector career allowing companies to grow?
Of the Democrats' claims, only the "cheap foreign labor" one is new. The ad cites the Watertown Daily Times on July 1, 2010. This story, by former Times staffer and current Doheny spokesman Jude Seymour, doesn't make any mention of hiring cheap foreign labor.
What it does mention is that Fintech Advisory had investments in Mexico and Argentina, among other foreign countries. (The word "offshore," used in the ad, is more nefarious in this day and age than "foreign," apparently.)
A caveat here: Mr. Doheny says his work at Fintech focused on North American investments.
The argument here seems to be: Mr. Doheny's company invested in foreign companies; by their very nature, foreign companies hire foreign labor (not foreign to them, for what it's worth, but foreign to us); ipso facto, offshore cheap foreign labor.
Kinda weak, if you ask me.
Oh, also, on that whole millionaire thing, consider this.
Here's a response from Doheny campaign spokesman Jude Seymour: "If it looks like an old, tired, misleading attack and sounds like an old, tired, misleading attack, then it is just an old, tired, misleading attack. The DCCC has clearly run out of ways to distort Matt Doheny's jobs record. We'll gladly contrast Matt's record of protecting tens of thousands of American jobs with Bill Owens' record of destroying 5,000 jobs in his district."