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November 4, 2012

Hassig throws support to Owens

PLATTSBURGH — Green Party candidate for Congress Donald Hassig, who has been trailing in the polls, said he will vote for incumbent Rep. Bill Owens on Tuesday.

Owens, a Democrat who is the incumbent for the 21st District seat, is in a tight race with Republican challenger Matt Doheny.

Hassig said in a news release Saturday that he has “given much thought to what is best for the 21st Congressional District with regards to who is representing the people of this area.

“There must be a transition from the representative being a person who favors the wealthy, corporate people to the representative being a person who favors the common people.”

He said he would rather see Owens in the position than Doheny.

“I will vote for Congressman Owens. I am asking my supporters to vote for Congressman Owens.

“I want the change in representation to be continuously in the direction of more favoring of the common people. I believe that my influence upon the politics of the 21st Congressional District is causing Congressman Owens himself to move in this direction.”

He said he wants his supporters who vote for Owens to pressure him to “change his mind about fracking and become a strong opponent of shale gas and shale oil extraction by fracking or by any other technology.”

Owens and Doheny are both covering the district as Tuesday’s vote nears.

Doheny’s campaign staff said Saturday that he will have former Gov. George Pataki with him for a stop Monday morning at the Homestead Restaurant in Plattsburgh.

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