One of Rep. Bill Owens’ rivals in the 2012 race for the 21st Congressional District has announced he is joining a growing field of candidates for the next run at the seat in 2014.
“During my 2012 NY-21 campaign, I repeatedly promised to run until I won,” says former Green Party candidate Donald Hassig of Colton.
Hassig says he is set to announce another run Friday, Sept. 6 in Watertown against the Plattsburgh Democrat.
“It is my greatest hope that the grassroots, good, solid people of America will take control of our destiny by regaining control of federal government.,” Hassig said in announcing his Friday event.
The environmental and free speech activist lost the endorsement of the Green Party during last fall’s campaign after remarks made about migrant workers at a candidates' forum.
“I would like to see them get their asses kicked out of there,” Hassig was quoted as saying in a North Country Public Radio report from Wanakena.
More than a year before the next election for Congress, Hassig is adding his name to the race, which also now includes Republicans Joseph Gilbert of DeKalb Junction, St. Lawrence County’s emergency services coordinator, and Elise Stefanik of Willsboro, formerly an aide to President George W. Bush.