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Matt Doheny (at right) in his first TV spot of the 2012 season. Photo: Doheny campaign
Matt Doheny (at right) in his first TV spot of the 2012 season. Photo: Doheny campaign

NY21: Doheny goes live with first TV ad

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Republican challenger Matt Doheny began airing his first TV spot yesterday, as he fights to unseat Democratic incumbent Bill Owens in November. The campaign for the 21st district House seat has been relatively quiet so far.

But both parties are expected to spend big on TV and radio ads in the final weeks of the race.

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Brian Mann
Adirondack Bureau Chief

Matt Doheny ran for office in 2010, but a big part of the 21st House district is different this year, thanks to new political lines drawn following the 2010 Census.  So his first TV spot is sort of a get-to-know you affair.

"I came back home to be closer to my mom," Doheny says.  "Now my wife Mary and I are starting our family right here.  I'll use my business experience in economy to help get our economy moving again, to create jobs right here in the North Country."

Doheny worked for Deutsche Bank in New York City and later worked for a money management firm called Fintech Advisory.  He's clearly hoping that business background will help him with voters worried about the economy.

Doheny faces former attorney and businesman Bill Owens in November.  According to the Glens Falls Post Star, Owens plans to begin airing his first TV spot tomorrow.

Both men have also agreed to one debate so far — Sept. 25 in Glens Falls, hosted by the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce.

With 76 days to go, most pundits describe the North Country's congressional race as a toss-up or leaning slightly toward the incumbent Bill Owens.

Follow Brian Mann on Twitter @brianmannadk.


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