Rematch: Doheny to Challenge Owens for Congress Again

Matt Doheny
Matt Doheny

Republican Matt Doheny announced his intention to run for Congress on Tuesday without actually announcing that he’s running.

Doheny announced the hiring of a deputy campaign manager, who said in a note that Doheny “will soon make himself a candidate for the 23rd Congressional District seat and he’s asked me to help him get elected.”

When he makes his candidacy official, it will be the third time Doheny has tried to win the North Country seat in Congress.

Doheny was one of the Republicans who wanted the party’s backing to run in the special election to replace John McHugh, when he resigned to become Secretary of the Army for President Barack Obama.

The party chose Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava. One of the other candidates who was passed over, Doug Hoffman, ran a third-party campaign in the general election. While Hoffman damaged Scozzafava to the point that she quit the race on the weekend before the election, Republican votes split and Democrat Bill Owens scored the victory with less than 50% of the total vote.

Doheny won the party’s nomination for the regular election later that year, but again, Hoffman’s presence helped Owens win a full term.

Doheny is a former Wall St. investment banker who operates a financial services firm in Jefferson County.  He served as Managing Director for Troubled Assets for Deutsche Bank from 2000 – 2008.