The Watertown businessman and Republican candidate in this fall’s 23rd Congressional District election wants to debate Doug Hoffman before the September 14 primary.
Doheny doesn’t want one debate, either – he wants 11, one for each county in the district.
“This is a critical election year,” Doheny wrote in a letter sent to Hoffman. “Republicans, indeed all the people in the North Country, the Adirondack region and central New York deserve to hear from both of us as we discuss and debate the issues, so they can make the best decision on Election Day.”
Doheny has locked-up endorsements from nine out of the 11 county GOP committees; the remaining two have opted to not endorse a candidate.
Hoffman has Conservative Party support and is being backed by the Upstate New York Tea Party (UNYTEA).
Both men are gunning for the seat currently held by Congressman Bill Owens, a Democrat from Plattsburgh.
Hoffman’s spokesman, Rob Ryan, said the candidate welcomes the opportunity to debate Matt Doheny.
“It will be interesting to discuss job creation in the North Country, cutting waste and the size of federal government in Washington and Mr. Doheny’s strong support of his liberal friend, Dede Scozzafava, in last November’s election,” he said.
Illustration: Doug Hoffman’s concession speech last November by Almanack contributor Mark Wilson.