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September 20, 2009

Jobs, health reform are key Owens points

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"We need someone who will go to Washington to fix the problem, not fix blame," she said.

Owens, an attorney from Plattsburgh, is running for the 23rd Congressional District seat that is being vacated by Republican John McHugh, recently confirmed as secretary of the Army. He is opposed by Republican State Assemblywoman Dierdre "Dede" Scozzafava and Conservative Douglas Hoffman, an accountant from Lake Placid.

Scozzafava spokesman Matt Burns said Owens speaks in vague terms when it comes to health-care reform.

By e-mail, Burns said "People need to know why Bill Owens won't rule out taxing health-care benefits. Disturbingly, he retreats to his Obama/Pelosi-approved talking points when asked about this and every other issue."

Hoffman spokesman Rob Ryan said his candidate opposes all aspects of "Obama care."

"With ever-increasing deficits and ever-increasing taxes, this nation simply can't afford it," he said.

Ryan also said Hoffman is the only candidate in the race who really knows what job creation is about.

"He's a small-businessman with numerous companies throughout the district that have created jobs for hard-working New Yorkers and will continue to create jobs when elected congressman."

Burns said it's even more distressing Owens has yet to file the required financial disclosure.

"It's becoming more and more obvious Bill Owens has something to hide, and that's why he is dragging his feet in disclosing his business dealings," Burns said. "It's time for him to come clean; the people he hopes to represent deserve the facts."

In an e-mail, Owens spokesman Jon Boughtin said the Democratic candidate has filed an extension.

"There is a significant amount of information required to fully comply with the filing, and the campaign is in the process of compiling that information. In the meantime, we have filed for an extension and will complete the necessary paperwork as soon as possible."

Hoffman also has yet to file his financial disclosure. Ryan said he will do so before the deadline, which is 30 days before the election.

E-mail Dan Heath at: dheath@pressrepublican.com

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