The deadline for Hoffman to be removed from the Conservative Party ballot line has passed, but he urged voters to support Doheny.
“Matt Doheny and I may have differed on some issues during the course of our primary race, but now, we must put those differences aside and do what is best for our nation,” Hoffman said.
“So today, I am asking all my supporters to cast their vote for Matt Doheny on Election Day, Nov. 2.”
Doheny said Hoffman deserves credit for spreading a fiscally conservative message.
“I thank Doug for carrying the conservative torch in the 23rd and am deeply appreciative that today he has passed the torch to me,” Doheny said.
“I welcome his support and will continue to work to gain the support of the many voters in the 23rd Congressional District who believed in Doug and his message.”
Doheny said the target of the fiscally conservative message will be Owens and the Democrats in control of the House.
“It is a message I have always shared; we must stop the spending, the taxation, and the over-regulation currently coming from Washington, D.C.
“Now, more than ever, Republicans, Conservatives and all like-minded independent voters can unite to defeat incumbent Bill Owens on Nov. 2.”
Owens sees distinct differences between himself and Doheny.
“Upstate New York has a clear choice this November,” he said Tuesday. “While I’ve spent decades helping to create over 2,000 jobs and have made job creation and economic development my number-one priority in Congress, Matt Doheny has different priorities.”
Owens reiterated his claim in a recent television advertisement that as a banker on Wall Street, Doheny helped corporations issue millions of dollars in bonuses while laying off hundreds of workers.
He also said Doheny supports tax breaks for companies that ship American jobs overseas.
Owens said Doheny has even called for cutting Social Security.
“Upstate New York can’t afford Matt Doheny, and we’re going to make sure New Yorkers understand the dangers of his agenda over the next four weeks.”
Doheny said Owens’s claims were desperate and false.
“Bill Owens continues to attack me falsely. The people of the 23rd District know that I simply will not raise their taxes.
“As far as my background, I helped restructure a lot of companies across the country, and we saved them a lot of money and saved jobs, and we are proud of that.”
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