The Hamilton County Republican Committee voted tonight to endorse the candidacy of Matt Doheny to represent New York’s 23rd Congressional District, giving the Watertown resident a clean sweep of all nine county Republican committees in the 23rd that are backing candidates before the September primary.
Doheny — a Watertown businessman and political newcomer — has been endorsed by the Republican committees in Clinton, Essex, Fulton, Jefferson, Oneida, Oswego, Madison, St. Lawrence and now Hamilton counties. GOP committees in the sprawling district’s two remaining counties, Franklin and Lewis, have decided not to endorse at this time. Doheny’s opponent for the Republican nomination is Douglas Hoffman of Saranac Lake.
The Hamilton County Republican Committee met with both candidates this evening. Doheny had told the committee that he is a mainstream conservative who will support efforts to lower punitive taxes and ease regulatory burdens to spur the local economy. He has pledged to help bring broadband and expanded cell phone coverage to the county, all of which is within the Adirondack Park, while acknowledging the importance of the area’s natural resources and related tourism industry.
According to Committee Chairman William Farber, the vote for Doheny was unanimous. “Matt has spent so much time in Hamilton County we were torn between endorsing him or making him a resident,” Farber quipped.
Doheny, a lifelong Republican, is seeking the endorsements of the Republican, Conservative, and Independence parties in his bid to represent the 11-county, nearly 15,000-square-mile 23rd District. The district is currently represented by Rep. Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh).