Republican congressional candidate Elise Stefanik of Willsboro said today that she is grateful for the endorsement of her primary opponent, Matt Doheny of Watertown.
Doheny announced today that he would not actively campaign for the 21st District seat being vacated by Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh) even though his name will still appear on the Independence Party line in November ballot, according to North Country Public Radio.
Thus ends Doheny’s multi-year quest for a seat in Congress.
Stefanik handily defeated Doheny is a primary in June to determine who would take the GOP ballot line.
"I want to thank Matt Doheny for his support,” Stefanik said in a press release.
“Matt waged a hard fought primary and we respect and appreciate his decision to give Republicans their best opportunity to win back our seat for the North Country,” she said.
Republicans in the district had expressed concern that a strong campaign by Doheny as the Independence Party candidate would split the Republican vote between him and Stefanik, leaving an opening once again for a Democrat to win, a scenario reminiscent of recent races for the seat.
“Now is the time to unite not just Republicans, but members of the Independence Party and Democrats interested in bringing new ideas and a new generation of leadership to Washington on behalf of New York’s 21st Congressional District," Stefanik said.