Matt Doheny, Republican and Independence Party candidate for the 23rd Congressional District, is criticizing Democratic Congressman Bill Owens' acceptance of the Working Families Party endorsement, calling it “troubling.”
Doheny characterizes the organization as controversial, criticizing them for what he says is an “overwhelming focus on New York City issues and residents.”
Doheny says he believes it is an “understatement” to say that the WFP “is a far left, New York City-centric organization.”
“It's troubling that once again Rep. Owens is carrying the banner for a group that devotes its energy to downstate issues rather than the concerns right here in Northern New York, Central New York and the Adirondacks,” the Watertown investor said.
The candidate points to the group's web site and the WFP's campaign for guaranteed paid sick days for all New York City residents, and their campaign to push the Yankees and Mets to boycott baseball's 2011 All-Star game in Arizona unless that state repeals its "extreme anti-immigrant law."
The WFP endorsed Rep. Owens in last year's special election to fill the Congressional seat vacated by former Rep. John McHugh.
“I put the interests of working families in the 23rd District first," Doheny said, "and they will not be helped by the WFP's extreme left agenda.”
Doheny, an investor from Watertown, says he is a conservative Republican and political newcomer. He has been endorsed by Republicans and nine out of 11 Republican county committees in the 23rd Congressional District. He has also received the endorsement of the New York State Independence Party.