WATERTOWN - Matt Doheny has made no secret that he plans to run for Congress again in 2012, but on Wednesday morning he made it official.
The Watertown businessman filed paperwork with the Federal Elections Commission to challenge incumbent U.S. Rep. Bill Owens in New York's 23rd Congressional District. Election Day is Nov. 6, 2012, coinciding with a presidential contest.
Doheny, 41, of Watertown, plans to run on the Republican Party line, as he did last year after narrowly defeating Lake Placid accountant Doug Hoffman in a September 2010 primary election by fewer than 1,000 votes. The general election was also close: Doheny lost to Owens, a Democrat from Plattsburgh, by 1,990 votes, or 1.1 percent, with Hoffman's Conservative Party bid taking 6 percent of the total even though he had stopped campaigning.
"While my campaign may technically start today, I've been out listening to residents all over northern and central New York since last November," Doheny said in a prepared statement. "People continue to worry about our country's lack of forward progress. We need good-paying jobs. But President Obama and his allies continue to stifle growth by pushing an agenda that leads to higher taxes and bigger deficits. That just creates more burdens for both average Americans and for our future generations."
Regarding federal budgeting, the release stated, "Like many Americans, the candidate also understands Washington does not have a revenue problem. It has a spending problem. ... Doheny will be proposing reforms that ensure Washington will continue to provide a social safety net, but one that is within our country's means and does not simply defer problems and put the burdens on generations to come."
Owens responded that in Congress right now, "There is no one who is involved on a bipartisan basis who says it is solely a spending problem. It is also a revenue problem."
The 23rd Congressional District includes part of Fulton County and all of Hamilton County.
Peter Crowley is managing editor of the Adirondack Daily Enterprise in Saranac Lake.