Owens a ‘hypocrite’ for criticizing GOP House leadership’s failure to put Farm Bill to vote, claims Doheny spokesman
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 6:38 am

After the Republican Majority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives campaigned with GOP congressional candidate Matt Doheny in Watertown Monday, the candidate’s campaign spokesman took a swipe at the Democratic incumbent, Rep. Bill Owens.

On Monday, Owens criticized Majority Leader Eric Cantor for not scheduling a vote in the House on the Farm Bill before members left Washington to campaign, allowing the previous five-year Farm Bill of agricultural policies and protections to expire, and delaying any action on the bill until after the November election.

“Our current congressman is a hypocrite. Nancy Pelosi and Paul Tonko don’t support the House version of the Farm Bill, and yet Bill Owens has recently campaigned with both of them,” said Doheny spokesman Jude Seymour.

“Matt isn’t even in Congress, and he’s managed to advocate for family farmers and north country families in conversations with both the Speaker and the Majority Leader. He looks forward to working in a bipartisan fashion to develop sound agriculture policy and give certainty to farmers when he heads to Washington in 12 weeks,” Seymour wrote in a statement Tuesday.

The full Senate, with a majority of Democrats, approved a Farm Bill in June on a vote of 64-35.

The House Agriculture Committee, consisting of 26 Republicans and 20 Democrats, including Owens, approved the bill on a vote of 35-11 in July.

Owens, from Plattsburgh, is challenged by Doheny, from Watertown, and Green Party candidate Donald Hassig of Colton.