TUPPER LAKE - Watertown banker and would-be Republican Congressional candidate Matt Doheny is in the middle of a whirlwind three-day tour of the eleven counties that comprise New York's 23rd Congressional District, officially beginning his bid to challenge Congressman Bill Owens this fall.
During an early morning stop in Tupper Lake Thursday, Doheny described himself as a stalwart fiscal conservative with a focus on lower taxes and job creation.
"We're going to focus on something as simple as not spending more than you actually take in," Doheny said. "But more importantly, people said if we send you to Washington, we want to focus on economic development. Certainly I agree and that's going to be a large part of the campaign for the next six months."
He said that lower taxes spur job creation, not government programs.
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After several Republicans expressed interest in the race, only Doheny and Lake Placid accountant Doug Hoffman remain in the battle for the party nomination.
County chairs from the district's 11 counties have yet to endorse a candidate. But sources close to the story told WNBZ that many county committees may not endorse at all since a Republican primary is likely.
Unlike Hoffman, Doheny told WNBZ that he'll support whoever the district's GOP voters choose.
"I will get my personality and work ethic out there and let the voters decide. I truly believe that I have a lot of momentum and support and
I will win," he said. "But in the off chance that I don't I will work hard for the candidate and most importantly I won't run as a third party candidate."
Doheny is also seeking the Independent and Conservative party nominations. Hoffman has said he will run as a Conservative Party candidate regardless if he is on the GOP line or not.