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What others are saying about Rep. Owens’ retirement


Earlier today, U.S. Rep. William L. Owens, D-Plattsburgh, made a surprise announcement that he will not be seeking re-election.

Here’s what some other media outlets are saying about Mr. Owens’ planned retirement.

n Washington Post: “Owens is the fifth Democrat and 14th House member overall to announce he won’t run for reelection this year.”

n Albany Times Union: “Until today, the Cook Political Report rated the district as leaning Democratic, even though Republicans outnumber Democrats in it by nearly 56,000 at last count.”

n CNN: “Democrats need to win a challenging 17 seats to regain control of the House for the first time since 2010.”

n Politico: “Owens’s short tenure in the House hasn’t been without controversy. In December 2011, Owens took a trip to Taiwan organized by a lobbying firm, but paid for by the Chinese Culture University. House Ethics rules dictate that travel expenses ‘may only be accepted from an entity or entities that have a significant role in organizing and conducting a trip.’”

n Syracuse Post-Standard: “Owens was the first Democrat to be elected since the Civil War-era in a North Country district that includes Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties. He had slim margins of victory when he was re-elected in 2010 and 2012.”

n Glens Falls Post-Star: “...Republican leaders are already coalescing behind Elise Stefanik, one of three previously declared GOP candidates.”

n The Daily News: “...Owens’ district, New York’s 21st, is a big target for Republicans this year, even though President Obama narrowly carried it in 2008 and 2012. Republican Elise Stefanik, former aide to President George W. Bush, who was already challenging Owens, gets a big boost from his decision.”

n North Country Public Radio: “Most observers believed that Owens had a strong chance of winning re-election against a divided field of GOP candidates with little name recognition.”

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