A matter of hours after securing his party's nomination, Republican Matt Doheny was back on the campaign trail Wednesday morning, trying to drum up support for his race against Democratic Congressman Bill Owens. YNN's Matt Hunter caught up with the Watertown businessman on his first of several local stops.
FORT EDWARD, NY – "If you think the country is going in the wrong direction, you want to be on my team,” congressional candidate Matt Doheny told supporters Wednesday. “If you think things are well, you're going to be with Obama and Owens."
Fresh off his landslide GOP primary victory over Kellie Greene Tuesday night, newly minted Republican congressional candidate Matt Doheny was pounding the pavement early Wednesday morning in Washington County.
Doheny, who greeted supporters at the Fort Edward Diner, will challenge Democratic incumbent Bill Owens in November's 21st Congressional District race. It's a rematch of the 2010 election cycle, when Owens prevailed by less than 2,000 votes.
"When people go into the voting booth on November 6, there's going be a clear choice between myself and our current congressman,” Doheny said. “It's quite an exciting opportunity we have over the next four months to make the case."
Due to the district's expansive size and new boundary lines, both candidates may be relative unknowns to Capital Region voters.
An investment fund manager from Watertown, Doheny is hoping to win them over with his conservative fiscal approach.
"I have the experience of turning around troubled businesses, businesses small and large and understanding what drives the economy and that's what I've been doing for the past decade and a half," Doheny said.
Some voters may recognize Doheny's name due to recent negative headlines.
In 2004 he was twice arrested for boating while intoxicated. More recently, the website gawker.com posted suggestive photos of him with a woman other than his fiancé.
Doheny said all of those incidents are behind him.
"Certainly, I've made mistakes but I've learned from my mistakes and more importantly, you know what, I have the character to help lead this district and help lead this country," Doheny said.
In his second campaign against Owens, Doheny will also run on the Conservative and Independence party lines, something he believes will make all the difference this time around.
Doheny, who’s due to marry his fiancé this weekend, also had campaign stops scheduled in Ballston Spa and Lake George on Wednesday.