Democratic Congressman Bill Owens won the public backing of two Republican officials in Oswego County and from one of the Assembly members who represent a portion of the county.
Granby Town Supervisor Ed Williamson and Fulton Alderman Tom Kenyon’s comments were contained in a news release from Owens’ campaign Thursday:
“Congressman Owens was there when we called on him for local issues. When we called for assistance on the cleanup of Lake Neatahwanta, Congressman Owens came and pledged his support. He met with neighbors along the Oswego River concerning the Water Chestnut and Duckweed infestation. While we don’t necessarily agree on every issue, we know Congressman Owens is thoughtful in his decision making process and will continue to work to improve legislation that impacts the lives of people in Central and Northern NY,” said Williamson.
“Congressman Owens pays attention to the small stuff,” said Tom Kenyon, City of Fulton Alderman. “When we called for assistance on an issue, he traveled to Fulton on a Sunday afternoon to see for himself what the problem was, and is working toward solution. He has the people of the region’s interests in mind when he makes decisions. When asked questions his opponent only answers with political attacks and references to Nancy Pelosi rather than offering a plan. Bill Owens has my support.”
Owens also gained the backing of Republican Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava, who represents a few of the northernmost towns of the county.
Scozzafava fought a three-way battle with Owens and Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman a year ago in the special election to fill the then-vacant seat in Congress.
Trailing badly, Scozzafava dropped out of the race on the Saturday before the election without telling her supporters for whom they should consider voting. Owens and Hoffman each issued statements noting Scozzafava’s departure. Owens’ statement was respectful while Hoffman’s was harsh.
A day later, Scozzafava appeared with Owens to give him her support. Owens won a very close race.
Scozzafava was stripped of her leadership positions within the party. She is not running for reelection this year.
In his own statement, Owens said he was honored to receive the backing of Scozzafava and the other Republicans.