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As campaigns heat up, Owens tops Doheny in funds

July 21, 2012 7:30 pm  • 

GLENS FALLS -- U.S. Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh, had raised nearly double the campaign contributions of his Republican opponent Matt Doheny, new campaign finance reports show.

Owens had received $1.28 million in net contributions this election cycle, as of June 30. Doheny had received $701,909, according to reports the campaigns recently filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Heading in the summer campaign stretch, Owens had $893,521 on hand in his campaign fund, as of June 30, while Doheny had $520,603.

Both candidates campaigned Saturday in Glens Falls.

Owens held a grand opening of his regional campaign headquarters on Ridge Street in Glens Falls. He also campaigned with Mayor John “Jack” Diamond at Glens Falls Farmers Market.

Owens began his remarks at the grand opening with a joke about long-winded politicians.

“I am a person who likes to express my thoughts fairly clearly, and also with some brevity. And I am the only member of the brevity caucus in Congress. That I can assure you,” he said.

Owens said Congress must balance the federal budget without privatizing Social Security or Medicare.

“As we go forward, really, one of the things we need to do is to increase revenue,” he said. “It can be done in a couple of different ways, but ultimately we do need to raise taxes and we do need to do things that also reduce spending, but in a responsible way.”

Owens supports allowing the so-called Bush tax cuts to expire for anyone earning $500,000 or more annually.

Doheny supports extending the tax cuts for people of any income level.

Owens reiterated his plan, if re-elected, to help organize a regional economic development recruitment targeting Canadian companies looking to expand in the United States.

Doheny said Saturday he will be continuing his 50-day tour of businesses next week, with visits to technology-related companies in the congressional district.

Last week, he visited hospitals, health centers and medical specialty practices.

Doctors and health care executives discussed the importance of repealing and replacing the health care reform bill, of recruiting new physicians, of addressing medical malpractice insurance costs and of continuing to allow parents to include children through age 26 on the parents’ health insurance policies, he said.

Owens said Saturday he was “very pleased” with the results of a recent Siena Research Institute Poll on health care.

“Siena Poll, for the first time, said 52 percent of New Yorkers want the health care bill implemented. They want it implemented,” he said.

Owens voted in favor of the health care reform law, and has said if Republicans want to repeal it, they should offer a plan to replace it.

Doheny said the poll was a statewide poll, and the results would not necessarily hold true locally.

“I’m not running for Congress from Westchester or Long Island or Buffalo. And we’ll have a spirited discussion (in the campaign) about health care and the Obamacare tax,” he said in an interview at his Glens Falls campaign office.

Doheny stopped in Glens Falls on his way from a parade Saturday morning in Sackets Harbor to an event in Saratoga County on Saturday evening.

Doheny said he was “very excited” and “honored” the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Business recently endorsed his candidacy.

“They were willing to stick their necks out and endorse me, and we’re quite proud,” Doheny said.