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Democrats like to point out that Matt Doheny is wealthy. 

The Republican challenger's own financial disclosure puts his wealth at least $4.5 million, but it's probably a lot higher.

But, Democratic incumbent Congressman Bill Owens isn't doing so badly either.

The Washington Post estimates Owens' wealth at $3.3 million.

Jefferson Community College Political Science Professor Dr. Ray Petersen says it's no accident that politicians tend to be well off.

"People who are looking for candidates who want to run have certain things they're looking for and ability to raise funds is one of those," he said.

Owens' campaign says his net worth is closer to $2 million and says it came from a career as a Main Street businessman in Plattsburgh.

Doheny's camp says the challenger is also a hard-working businessman, who wants others to achieve their dreams as well.

So unless Green Party candidate Don Hassig pulls off a huge upset, our next congressman will be one of two millionaires.

So, can a multi-millionaire congressman represent ordinary people like you and me?

We asked some local folks that question.

"Sometimes, on certain things. But other than that, no," said George Rutledge of Watertown.

"I think (I prefer) an everyday person in there personally," said Chris Ryan of Adams Center.

An everyday person?

Not when it comes to bank accounts and not this year.

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Friday, November 21, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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