Politics & Policy

NY Dem Touts Votes With GOP

Last week, several handicapping organizations moved the race for the NY-23 congressional seat — between incumbent Rep. Bill Owens (D) and GOP challenger Matt Doheny — from “Lean Democratic” to “Toss Up” after Conservative Party nominee Doug Hoffman announced he was suspending his campaign.

Even before Hoffman dropped out (his name will remain on the ballot), a Public Opinion Strategies poll showed Doheny leading Owens 51-37 percent. Thirty percent of voters said Owens deserves reelection, while 47 percent said it’s time for a change. Owens won the seat in a special election last fall, becoming the first Democrat to occupy the seat in nearly a century. NY-23 has a Cook rating of R+1, and Owens’ support for Obamacare is a sore subject among constituents.

It is understandable then, that Owens has, like many in his situation, been trying to distance himself from the Democratic Party leadership. But few have gone as far as Owens does in this new ad, which states the following (emphasis added): “Wall Street people sure know how to lie with numbers. Bill Owens didn’t vote with Nancy Pelosi 93 percent of the time. He voted with the Republican leader 63 percent of the time.”

As it turns out, the “Wall Street people” Owens accuses of “lying with numbers” is none other than The Washington Post. According to its Votes Database found here, Owens voted with Nancy Pelosi 92.6 percent of the time. Tory Mazzola, spokesman for the NRCC, said the ad is “false and disingenuous.”

“[This ad] sadly verifies that Bill Owens simply cannot be trusted to tell the truth. He’s only interested in saying whatever he needs to say to get re-elected. That’s not leadership. It’s blatant hypocrisy,” Mazzola said.

Pretty ridiculous, though maybe not as blatant as falsely identifying yourself as a Republican in the tag line for your Congressional web site (Rep. Gary Peters). Speaking of Peters, found this mock campaign site rather amusing.

Andrew StilesAndrew Stiles is a political reporter for National Review Online. He previously worked at the Washington Free Beacon, and was an intern at The Hill newspaper. Stiles is a 2009 ...


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