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Johnson, McHugh debate in 23rd district race

At noon today, Mountain Lake PBS will broadcast a series of pre-recorded campaign debates. One of those debates features Congressman John McHugh, the Republican incumbent in the 23rd district, and Democratic challenger Dr. Bob Johnson. Brian Mann was part of the panel of journalists interviewing the two politicians. Mountain Lake PBS has generously agreed to allow North Country Public Radio to broadcast a portion of the debate. The moderator is Plattsburgh attorney Bill Owens.  Go to full article
Congressman John Sweeney
Congressman John Sweeney

Domestic violence charge rocks Sweeney race

The 20th congressional district race was rocked yesterday when two newspapers published reports of a domestic incident in December involving Republican incumbent John Sweeney and his wife Gaia, who goes by the name Gayle. The Albany Times-Union and the New York Daily News reported that Sweeney allegedly grabbed his wife by the neck. The development comes with just a week left in the campaign, as Sweeney faces the toughest re-election fight of his career against Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand. Brian Mann has the story.  Go to full article

Sweeney refuses to debate Gillibrand

Former President Bill Clinton will campaign in Latham today, stumping for Democratic challenger Kirsten Gillibrand. Gillibrand hopes to unseat incumbent Republican John Sweeney. The Glens Falls Post Star had scheduled a debate between the two candidates for this evening. But Sweeney announced this week that he wouldn't face Gillibrand. Sweeney also failed to appear at a debate on Monday held by the League of Women Voters in Saratoga County. Gillibrand took to the stage alone, addressing a small audience. As Brian Mann reports, the lack of a face-to-face meeting is the latest development in one of the nation's most toxic congressional races.  Go to full article

Gillibrand narrows gap with Sweeney?

Democratic challenger Kirsten Gillibrand says she's closed the gap with Republican congressman John Sweeney. A pollster hired by Gillibrand's campaign says she lags by only 8 percent. That's much closer than an independent poll conducted by Siena College late last month. Brian Mann has the story.  Go to full article

GOP's Sweeney leads House race

A new poll taken by Siena College shows Republican John Sweeney leading the 20th congressional district race by wide margins. With two months before the November election, Sweeney holds a 19-point advantage over Democratic challenger Kirsten Gillibrand. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Spitzer makes North Country connections

Attorney General Eliot Spitzer spent the day campaigning in the North Country yesterday. The frontrunner in the Governor's race met with law enforcement officials, toured economic development projects, and rallied local Democrats. Spitzer and running mate David Patterson are both from New York City. But as Brian Mann reports, Spitzer offered assurances that the North Country won't be forgotten if he's elected.  Go to full article

ORDA hearings resume in Albany

Yesterday's announcement in Lake Placid came at a time when Assembly Democrats are scrutinizing the management of the Olympic Regional Development Authority. A hearing is scheduled to resume this afternoon into the appropriateness of a gathering, Congressional Challenge, held last winter, and co-hosted by Republican Congressman John Sweeney, ORDA, and the New York Power Authority. As Brian Mann reports, top Republicans, including Governor Pataki, say the gathering was ethical.  Go to full article
Congressman John Sweeney (Source:  Sweeney)
Congressman John Sweeney (Source: Sweeney)

GOP Rep. Sweeney Faces Ethics Questions After Lake Placid Gathering

Republican Congressman John Sweeney is facing tough questions over his involvement in a weekend retreat last January in Lake Placid that included more than twenty of his staff, family-members, and supporters. The New York Power Authority paid for the event, which had a price tag of $25,000. It was hosted by the Olympic Regional Development Authority. The roster of guests included powerful Republicans, including the brother and sister of former White House chief of staff Andrew Card and a top GOP lawyer who has represented Tom DeLay. At least four Democrats also attended, including aides to Senator Hillary Rodham-Clinton and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid from Nevada. Organizers say the trip was a legitimate effort to build federal support for Olympic venues in Lake Placid. But as Brian Mann reports, critics say the gathering was a taxpayer-sponsored vacation for politicians and lobbyists.  Go to full article

Meier Seeks National Role

State Senator Raymond Meier hopes to be in Washington, DC this time next year. Meier announced his candidacy for Congress Monday. He wants the Republican nomination for the central and southern tier seat long held by Sherwood Boehlert. Boehlert announced last Friday that he wouldn't seek re-election this year. That opens the field to Meier, to another Republican, Seneca Falls Mayor Brad Jones, and to four Democrats who've expressed interest in the seat. It's not the first indication Meier has been thinking about moving beyond his state Senate job. Last summer, his name was mentioned as a possible successor to fellow Republican Governor George Pataki. Meier said the disadvantages an upstate candidate for governor would face in money and name recognition are discouraging. But he told Martha Foley his decision to run for Congress goes beyond practical politics.  Go to full article

Moderate Boehlert Not Seeking Another Term

North Country Congressman Sherwood Boehlert announced Friday that he won't run again. The Republican from Oneida County served in Washington for more than 24 years. He proudly describes himself as "a moderate". This change could bring a major shake-up in the region's Republican Party. State Senator Ray Meier has been mentioned as a possible replacement. This move also offers Democrats a chance to pick off a traditionally Republican district. Martha Foley talks with Brian Mann about Boehlert's resignation.  Go to full article

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