A day after Doug Hoffman came to Fulton, fellow Republican Congressional hopeful Matt Doheny did the same.Â The Alexandria Bay investment banker disputed Hoffman’s claims of a 30 point lead, based on an internal poll, and on calls he says his campaign is making to Republican voters.
Congressman Bill Owens introduced legislation that aims to expand credit for family farmers in Upstate New York. H.R. 6057, the Farm Credit Expansion Act, would expand the range of business structures that qualify for loans through the Farm Service Agency (FSA), ensuring more family farms are eligible for a wider flow of credit during economically challenging times when they need it the most.
His new “War on Debt” act aims to reduce the nation’s debt, much of which is held by foreign countries, by selling bonds similar to the War Bonds that Americans bought to help fund the war effort.
The legislation also prevents a 21 percent cut to doctors who treat Medicare patients and extends COBRA subsidies that the unemployed rely on for health care.
Said Owens: Ã¢â‚¬Å“After studying all the facts, I was presented with a simple choice: Do nothing and further burden our families and entrepreneurs, and allow our costs to spiral out of control, or take the first steps to reform our system in a way that will pay for itself and help America pull itself out of the recession.”
North Country accountant Doug Hoffman will run for Congress this year, seeking to reunite the Republican and Conservative parties and take back the seat lost to a Democrat for the first time since the Civil War.
The general election earlier this month went smoothly, despite a couple bumps in the road, according to Oswego County’s two elections commissioners. The bumps, however, were greatly magnified due to the intense scrutiny focused on the special election for the 23rd Congressional District, which was held in conjunction with the regular general election.
You heard that right: The Conservative Party candidate for Congress this year will run again next year. “I promise to help restore our nation’s faith in elected officials when we win,” he said in a letter posted on his website.
Hoffman, the Conservative Party candidate, barely won the fight for absentee votes in Oswego County. He beat Owens among absentees, 544 to 534. Dede Scozzafava, the Republican who dropped out of the race on the weekend before the election and, a day later, endorsed Owens, pulled 204 absentees.
Freshman Congressman Bill Owens will have a seat at the table that decides major issues such as military policy and national security. Meantime, the opponent who conceded defeat on election night now takes it all back, alleges ACORN tried to steal the election, and wants supporters to send him money for the fight.