GOP candidate Doheny picks up more leadership endorsements for congressional race
Friday, March 9, 2012 - 6:22 am

Republican candidate for New York’s 23rd Congressional District Matt Doheny has picked up GOP endorsements from Clinton and Lewis counties in his race to unseat incumbent Rep. Bill Owens, a Democrat from Plattsburgh.

A Doheny campaign aide said that members of the Clinton County GOP unanimously endorsed Doheny, a Watertown businessman, at their meeting Wednesday at Plattsburgh Town Hall.

And he has received the backing of five Lewis County Republican leaders.

They are Rocky Fawcett, county GOP committee chairman; Doug Hanno, Lewis County clerk; Jack Bush, chairman of the county Legislature; Rick Lucas, county legislator and Sam Villanti, past county GOP committee chairman.

“For someone who doesn’t live in Lewis County, I see Matt Doheny here all the time,” said Villanti, who chaired the county GOP committee until last September.

“Matt has been here many times,” said Don Lee, Clinton County GOP Chair. “He’s worked very hard. He’s got the political acumen and business acumen to be one heck of a good congressman and we just can’t wait for that to happen.”

Doheny was endorsed Tuesday by the Fulton County Republican Committee. Both Fulton and Clinton counties backed the candidate during his prior campaign.

The Madison, Oswego and St. Lawrence Conservative parties have already thrown their support this year behind Doheny, as well as Essex County GOP Chairman Ron Jackson and Essex County Acting Conservative Chairman Bill McGahay.

“I’ve been fortunate to make a lot of friends here these past two years,” said Doheny, a financial adviser and venture capitalist living in Watertown. “Many have offered their help to get me to Washington because they know I am the best candidate to help grow our economy and reduce unemployment, keep taxes low and reduce onerous regulations on our small business. I am grateful for their support.”