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Doheny believes Conservatives could put him over the line


OGDENSBURG - Republican Matthew A. Doheny said he believes the support of the St. Lawrence County Conservative Party could give him the added momentum he needs to beat out rival Rep. William L. Owens, D-Plattsburgh, in November.

Speaking Wednesday at a meet and greet hosted by the Conservative Party at Hosmer’s Marina in Ogdensburg, Mr. Doheny said he lost the Congressional race two years ago by roughly 1,900 votes. He did not have the support of the Conservative Party then.

“This time I am supported by the Conservatives,” he said, adding that they bring about 10,000 voters to the polls in the 21st congressional district.

“This could quite literally put me over the line,” said Mr. Doheny.

The meet and greet was attended by other Conservative Party candidates, all of whom are also Republicans, who were able to meet directly, and informally, with potential voters.

State Sen. Joseph A. Griffo, R-Rome, said, “To have the opportunity to be supported by the Conservative Party is very important.”

Mr. Griffo is familiar with the Conservative Party.

“I’ve always been supported by the Conservatives,” he said, adding that they were the first part to actually endorse him for public office.

“It’s reflective of my views,” said Mr. Griffo, speaking about what it means to have the Conservative line attached to his name at the ballot box. He believes having the Conservative support shows he is clearly socially and fiscally conservative.

Assemblyman Kenneth D. Blankenbush, R-Black River, said having the Conservative Party support it shows “the people in my district that not only am I a Republican, I’m a Conservative Republican.”

Mr. Blankenbush said he and the Conservatives support lowering taxes and cutting the size of government.

“When you’re in a close race it’s very important to have the Conservative line on your side,” he said.

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