In the Republican Party, I’ll vote for Elise Stefanik without apology. If I have to pick between her and Matt Doheny or an obscure Green Party candidate, she gets my vote every time. Matt Doheny is running for his, his, his (oh well I’ve lost count) time. The fact that the candidate is recycling ideas like repealing the “medical device tax” and now admits he has inadvertently admitted he has no real economic development plan for north country clinches the deal, in this his fourth attempt (there I remembered after all) to win a congressional seat in our district.
At the Hague debate, Mr. Doheny said his “job would be to recruit people to live and work in north country, where the population is aging and shrinking. The days of big industry are over.” That is a bleak and pessimistic view of the north country’s potential to grow an industrial base. It consigns us to the bottom of the economic barrel in terms of our potential to create decent paying jobs.
I’m sorry, Mr. Doheny, that you only feel you’d “work to only attract that young entrepreneur, a person that’s retired from another career who loves the Adirondacks.” Previous generations of north country leadership never settled for that as an economic future for the north country.
I’d prefer to elect a congressman who doesn’t believe some “I love the Adirondacks” campaign is going to attract people who have the seed money to start new businesses in the north country. I believe your inability to come up with a concrete economic development plan, in your fourth try to win a congressional seat, is the clearest sign that you’re a truly bankrupt candidate who has consigned the north country to the economic trash heap.
You, Mr. Doheny, aren’t going to create a north country where young people can find higher paying jobs. I believe you’re an economic pessimist, and I’ll vote for an optimist in Elise Stefanik.