To the editor:
Less than three weeks from now, voters will be going to the polls to determine what course this country will take. One of the most crucial races that the people of the North Country will be voting on is the race between Congressman Bill Owens (D) and challenger Matt Doheny (R) in our 21st Congressional District.
The choice we will make is as stark as the presidential race itself. Congressman Bill Owens, yet another lawyer-turned-politician, represents the Big Government, crony corporatism direction pursued by Barack Obama and his crew. From the Democrats' attempt to enact the despicable card check legislation desired by Big Labor to his vote for the Obamacare colossus that will take freedom of choice from people in their health care decisions, Mr. Owens has shown his love of legislation that will kill jobs and end hopes of a full economic recovery.
Matt Doheny, on the other hand, has an extensive business background better suited to deal with the economic problems we face than the "Let's spend more and create more bureaucracy" schemes that his opponent supports. Doheny recognizes right off that only by curbing government's control of the economy and making this country more tax-friendly to small business can we realistically expect growth to resume and unemployment to drop.
If the campaigns are any indication of how hard either candidate will work on behalf of the district, Doheny wins hands-down. Matt is a worker, as demonstrated by his never-ending travel throughout a district that is bigger than some states. It would be my guess that he has visited every single town in the district, meeting people to ask for their support. I have met Matt at several events and more than once have seen pure exhaustion in his eyes from the draining schedule that he keeps, but he never quits. There will be no outworking him.
Disregard the Siena College poll from September that showed Bill Owens with a seemingly comfortable 13 percent lead. Demographics alone make a mockery of it. The race is close; any honest poll will confirm that. The contest between Matt Doheny and Bill Owens is as crystal clear as that between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. I urge those of you concerned about the direction of this country to vote Nov. 6 and give your support to Matt Doheny.