"I'll work to bring home federal investments for our infrastructure and schools, private business investment like we brought into PARC, and help for our dairy farmers who are suffering from severe price deflation. And I'll work to make sure our servicemen and women at Fort Drum get the support they deserve."
If history is any indicator, Owens may have his work cut out for him. No Democrat has been elected to Congress in the region since the 1870s. Registered Republicans outnumber Democrats in the district about three to two.
Governor David Paterson, who is charged with setting a date for the special election, has yet to do so. Jackson said holding the special election along with the rest of the November 2009 elections would save money and effort for the 11 counties involved.
"I think the Governor will show some common sense and have it then," he said.