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Mountain Lake Journal - October 4, 2012
NY 21ST DEBATE: This week all 3 of the candidates running for Congress in Northern New York's 21st Congressional District square-off in their first face-to-face debate of the campaign. It was held on September 25th at Queensbury High School in Queensbury, NY and hosted by the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce. Incumbent Democrat Bill Owens, Republican Candidate Matt Doheny, and Green Party Candidate Donald Hassig all participated in this one-hour debate moderated by local attorney Matthew Fuller.
Regional newspapers have announced the candidates whom they support in the upcoming 21st Congressional District election.
On Saturday, The Glens Falls Post Star formally endorsed Republican candidate Matt Doheny in an article entitled "Doheny Deserves a Chance." The editorial board wrote, "we found him to be a bubbling enthusiast who has made his rallying cry that he will be the 'Salesman in Chief' of the district if elected. He appears to have a good grasp of the problems facing constituents, but tangible solutions and strategies for his first few months in office were elusive." Their endorsement was admittedly half-hearted; the article began, "We're not trying to be flip, but this almost came down to a coin-toss." But an endorsement is an endorsement. The article resolved, "In the end, we concluded Doheny’s business experience was better suited to the challenging economic environment that now faces the country and the district."
Matt Doheny is a businessman from Watertown who says that he sees many opportunities for economic growth in the largely rural district hit hard by recent economic trends. Mr. Doheny is facing-off in the election with incumbent Democrat Rep. Bill Owens of Plattsburgh. Owens was officially endorsed Tuesday by the Albany Times-Union.
The Times Union editorial board argued that Congress has been defined by inaction over the last two years, and that the moderate-leaning Democrat Owens "seems more interested in bridging gaps than picking fights" in the relatively evenly split House of Representatives. The article goes on to say that Matt Doheny lacks "an understanding of how government policy affects people — and [has] a temperament ill-suited to the spirit of cooperation we desperately need in Congress."
The third-party candidate in the election, Don Hassig, formerly of the Green Party, has been denounced by that organization for comments he made regarding immigrant labor locally and nationally. Although, The Post Star stated this would have been the year for a third party endorsement, they found Hassig lacking the "experience or expertise to tackle any of the difficult issues the country now faces."
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