New York's Doheny Making Third Try at House Seat

Wednesday, 19 Feb 2014 12:30 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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Republican congressional candidate Matt Doheny will make a third attempt for New York's 21st District, complicating the race to replace retiring incumbent Democratic Rep. Bill Owens.

Former George W. Bush official Elise Stefanik has already announced her candidacy, The Hill reports, and the party is beginning to put its efforts into her campaign.

But Doheny, who lost to Owens twice — in 2010 when Conservative Party nominee Doug Hoffman split the Republican vote, and again in 2012, when his wealth and personal life were heavily scrutinized — said there is support for his campaign.

In a statement Wednesday, Doheny said he is "humbled by strangers who stopped me in the grocery store or at the gas station and urged me to run again. I'm going to be out there every day working hard to get elected and be a good representative for them in Congress."

Democrats have picked documentary filmmaker Aaron Wolfe as the party's candidate. Wolfe, a newcomer, was chosen after other more experienced potential candidates backed out.

Doheny is expected to once again spend thousands in personal funds on the upcoming race, but still will have to fight hard for the nomination. Stefanik is backed by 11 of the 12 county GOP chairmen in the district, and one of them said Wednesday night he'll still back her.

Owens said he was stepping down for personal reasons. New York's 21st District, which is mostly rural, covers 12 counties and the cities of Plattsburg and Watertown.

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