Doheny’s camp reacted angrily to the Owens ad, firing off a news release that called Owens’s claims “the divisive seeds of class envy ... riddled with unsubstantiated claims that distort Matt Doheny’s record as a protector of jobs.”
Doheny said he worked in the private sector to turn troubled companies around and protected and created “tens of thousands” of jobs.
“I left college with $150,000 in outstanding loans. But through hard work and determination, I’ve achieved the American dream,” Doheny said.
“Now I want to provide that same opportunity for people in the North Country, Adirondacks and Capital Region.”
Doheny said that when he worked for Deutsche Bank, he oversaw 130 employees and helped in restructuring several troubled companies, including Adelphia in 2004.
He said that after working with Adelphia, it was purchased by Time Warner Cable and Comcast, and about 13,000 of Adelphia’s former employees started working for the those companies.
Doheny said he had no direct role in any Adelphia decision to fire workers or cut benefits.
Doheny also said that he has paid at or near the 35-percent percent maximum tax rate on his federal income taxes over the past five years and that he had no ownership in Fintech and had no input in the decision on where to incorporate the company.
He said he purchased the two island properties in the St. Lawrence River long before he decided to run for Congress.
“My opponent has been peddling these lies for two years,” said Doheny, who lost to Owens in the 2010 election.
“Independent fact-checkers have called his claims misleading or outright wrong, but he continues to repeat them to distract voters from his terrible record of standing up for upstate jobs as congressman.”
Owens worked as an attorney in Plattsburgh for about 30 years before he ran for Congress in 2009. He reported his earnings to be $750,000 per year when he left the law firm of Stafford, Owens, Piller, Murnane and Trombley PLLC.