Sackets Harbor Woman Announces Candidacy For Owens' Seat
There's a new candidate for the 23rd Congressional district.
Republican Kellie Greene of Sackets Harbor announced Wednesday she will vie for the seat currently held by Democrat Bill Owens.
First, she would have to get by fellow Republican challenger Matt Doheny in June's primary.
"The voters are going to hear from both of us and I think they will flush out who is a conservative," Greene said.
"I believe I am the true conservative in this race in every way."
So what separates Greene from Doheny?
Immigration, Greene points out, is a big difference. If Greene was to end up in Congress, she says she wants to crack down on illegal immigration and on guest worker passes that allow foreigners to work. She wants to focus on helping farmers.
"Reduce those ridiculous regulations and taxes so farmers and other businesses would want to hire guest workers can afford to hire Americans," she said
Greene's announcement and challenge to Doheny brings back memories of 2010.
Many believe Doug Hoffman hurt Doheny's chances. Hoffman lost the Republican primary but stayed in the race on the Conservative line.
Would Greene stay in the election if she loses the primary but has the support of the Conservative party? She says that decision is not hers to make, yet.
"That's in the hands of the Conservative party. They are a separate and distinct entity. So that's something that, at this particular juncture, is not an issue."
Owens knows he will be challenged this fall. He team released a statement saying that Owens "appreciates that so many constituents are involved in the political process,and he looks forward to a civil and healthy discussion on the issues that will move the region forward and ultimately put New Yorkers back to work."
Doheny declined to comment.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016, Watertown, NY
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