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Doheny bows out; endorses Stefanik

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - Updated: 8:26 AM



SPECULATOR -- Congressional candidate Matthew A. Doheny gave up his quest to represent New York's 21st Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives Friday, when he announced he would not run in the general election.

Doheny, 44, a Watertown investment fund manager, lost the June 24 Republican Primary Election to Elise M. Stefanik, 30, who launched her political career immediately after graduating college. She moved to Willsboro last year.

There was speculation Doheny would run in November for the Independence Party, which endorsed him. Instead, he stood outside a Watertown office building July 25 and threw his support behind Stefanik, saying, "I think we should give Elise a chance."

National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden said, "Throughout his career, Matt Doheny has always done what is best for the North Country. Today he continued to do so by helping to ensure that Republican Elise Stefanik will be able to fight for North Country families in Congress."

Doheny's name will be on the Independence Party line in the general election, but he said he would not campaign and asked his supporters to vote for Stefanik. She will be on the Republican and the Conservative party lines.

Stefanik will take on millionaire filmmaker Democrat Aaron Woolf of Brooklyn and Elizabethtown and the Green Party's Matt Funiciello of Glens Falls, a bread bakery / cafe owner, in the Nov. 4 contest.

"I want to thank Matt Doheny for his support. 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," Stefanik said in a press release.

Stefanik won the primary election with over 60 percent of the vote. Only about 15 percent of the district's registered Republicans cast ballots.

Democrat Bill Owens of Plattsburgh, who currently holds the seat, is not running for re-election. He won it in a 2009 special election when former Rep. John McHugh resigned to become secretary of the army.

NYS Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury) will co-chair the Adirondack region of Stefanik’s campaign.

The 21st is the largest and most rural congressional district in New York state, spanning more than 16,000 square miles. It comprises all or part of the following 12 counties: Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer (partial), Jefferson, Lewis, Saratoga (partial), St. Lawrence, Warren and Washington.


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