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.”