The People’s Choice: Matt Doheny for Congress
Suspected pick up of Republican House seat motivates voters
by: Raquel Okyay
New York’s congressional district 21 (previously district 23) is ripe for a November makeover from having a liberal Democrat, Rep. Bill Owens representing the people, to having his conservative Republican challenger, Matt Doheny of Watertown, do it.
The ‘North country’ arena captured national attention in November 09 when local Conservatives battled local Republicans for control of the seat; split the vote to a Republican vs. Conservative vs. Democrat competition; and ineptly permitted Democrat Owens to win the election, in an otherwise known ‘Republican district’.
At the time, GOP endorsed candidate Dede Scozzafava dropped out of the race just three days before election day, endorsed Owens, and sourly burned the Republicans. Conservative party candidate Doug Hoffman failed to mount a strong enough campaign to garner enough votes, so Owens slipped in with less than 50% of the vote.
Today, the district is being watched closely by House Republicans who, having a vested interest in expanding friendly colleagues in Congress, are prepared and equipped to assist in turning the seat back to Republican control.
Hip, hip, hooray for Unity!
Election 2012 is a whole different ball game for Rep. Bill Owens. Republicans, Conservatives and Independents are lining up behind Matt Doheny because this time around voters are cognizant of the out of touch policies liberals in Congress are promoting; and they are anxious to unite behind a formidable candidate to defeat Owens.
In Matt Doheny’s case you will find a smart, dedicated, passionate Republican. Starting off a career as a corporate attorney then switching to a business owner for the past 14 years, Doheny spent his time creating jobs, investing funds, and fixing failed companies to include for instance; Air Canada and Adelphia Cable. Proving to be a successful money manager, executive, Matt Doheny is precisely the kind of person we want representing our fiscal conservative values in Congress.
In an interview, Matt Doheny expresses this outlook on the current economy:
“Raising taxes yields small results, but cutting spending gives citizens opportunity. The federal government has limited scope, yet have been overreaching for decades. The President’s lofty goals of ‘non partisanship’, has turned this nation into a redistribution social welfare system. Appointed czars, who issue heavy handed regulations, have negative effects on gas prices, and the natural flow of the economy, and bypass the scrutiny of Congress and the people in the process.”
Matt Doheny says he is supportive of The REINS Act (H.R. 10/S.299) which seeks to amend current law, to provide that “major rules of the executive branch shall have no force or effect unless a joint resolution of approval is enacted into law.” The bill reads as follows:
“The purpose of this Act is to increase accountability for and transparency in the federal regulatory process. Section 1 of article I of the United States Constitution grants all legislative powers to Congress. Over time, Congress has excessively delegated its constitutional charge while failing to conduct appropriate oversight and retain accountability for the content of the laws it passes. By requiring a vote in Congress, the REINS Act will result in more carefully drafted and detailed legislation, an improved regulatory process, and a legislative branch that is truly accountable to the American people for the laws imposed upon them.”
Congressman Owens voted No for The REINS Act, and the proposal sits (probably on a shelf collecting dust) at the chambers of the U.S. Senate awaiting a hearing. Congressman Owens however voted Yes for the bogus ‘Patient Protection Affordable Care Act’ commonly referred to as Obamacare – a government take-over of 1/7th of our economy – which takes responsibility and power away from the individual and gives it to the federal government to oversee the health care and well being of each American.
In his assertive and declarative manner, Matt Doheny outlines the following steps needed to overturn corrupt and menacing Obamacare:
Step one: Constitutional invalidation by the U.S. Supreme Court;
Step two: Elect the proper officials who will appoint conservative Judges;
Step three: Congress should not appropriate funding;
Step four: Keep the House in Republican control; and gain control of the Senate.
Surely, four steps in the right direction (I can not agree more, Mr. Doheny!).
GOP primary scheduled for June 26
Republican Kellie Greene of Oswego, who is also running for Congress in district 21, is certainly conservative and an intelligent voice for the area, but has no chance in defeating Matt Doheny in a primary, let alone defeating well funded Democrat incumbent Owens. Mainly due to having raised all of five cents in campaign funds (mounting a congressional campaign without money is like beating a dead horse), Greene will be unable to spread her message to the voters.
But it is not just that, if Greene cannot convince the voters to invest a little something or a big something into her campaign, how the heck will she persuade voters to vote for her on election day? While conservative convictions are important and relevant in an election cycle, unreal expectations show how naïve Ms. Greene truly is, and because of this, her continued pursuit of the ballot is doing a disservice to a unified conservative cause.
Owens is a liberal – he votes in favor of trial lawyers (he is one), labor unions, big government, and superfluous spending. He is bought and paid by the groups and liberal policies he advocates on behalf of. Owens is a bad representative of conservative principles, whereas Matt Doheny in contrast, is a good representative of conservative principles.
Uniting behind Matt Doheny for Congress will almost guarantee a conservative victory for the region and subsequently the nation.
My message to district 21 voters is this: Use your powerful voting option, be unified, and pull the lever for Matt Doheny for Congress.
[Editor’s Note: These are the opinions of Raquel Okyay, and may or may not reflect the opinions of Conservative-Women.com as a whole, or be reflective of the opinions of any affiliated groups.]