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October 28, 2010

Giuliani, Kasprzak endorse Doheny

PLATTSBURGH — Congressional challenger Matt Doheny picked up support from two mayors Wednesday.

Plattsburgh Mayor Donald Kasprzak and America's Mayor, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, both backed their fellow Republican at news conferences.

"This is an election in which the country needs Matt, not just this district," Giuliani said. "There are issues in Washington that are being pushed in the wrong direction, and Matt can push them back."

Giuliani spoke at a gathering at Plattsburgh International Airport about three hours after Kasprzak held a similar event at City Hall.

Both mayors said Doheny is the candidate that can put an end to high taxes, big spending and over-regulation of business.

As Republicans have throughout the campaign, Giuliani and Kasprzak tied Doheny's opponent, incumbent Democrat Bill Owens, to Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and what they called her liberal agenda.

"We need to fire Nancy Pelosi," Giuliani said.

Owens, an attorney from Plattsburgh, won the seat in the 23rd District last year in a special election. Doheny is an investor from Watertown.

Owens's victory last year marked the first time a Democrat has held the seat since 1852.

Polls indicate that the race in the 11-county district is very close.

Giuliani said the district is one Republicans are targeting in their bid to gain the majority in the House.

"Of the key races, this race is right at the top," Giuliani said.

"We have a chance to correct a mistake."

Kasprzak said Doheny, with his business experience, will benefit small businesses in the district.

"The health-care bill that Mr. Owens supported will have a tremendous negative affect on small businesses, and that needs to be addressed and Matt Doheny will do that," Kasprzak said.

"In Plattsburgh, N.Y., we have small businesses."

Kasprzak said he is confident that Doheny would represent the Plattsburgh area of the district just as well as he would the western portion.

"I believe Matt will represent my core values not only as a member of Congress, but as a person," Kasprzak said.

Doheny said that if he is elected, he would visit Plattsburgh at least once a month and have an office staffed here.

"And I will visit each one of the 181 towns and six cities once a year," he said.

Owens was recently endorsed by New York state attorney general and leading gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, and Assemblywoman Dierdre "Dede" Scozzafava, a Republican from St. Lawrence County.

Scozzafava ran against Owens and Conservative Party candidate Douglas Hoffman last year until she dropped out of the race three days before the election and threw her support to Owens.

Email Joe LoTemplio at: jlotemplio@pressrepublican.com

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