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Here's an unorthodox campaign tactic: Declare that you want to represent the north country in Congress. Then, go dark. Don't respond to any media calls — or many of them, in my case.
Sound weird? Sounds weird to us, too.
Despite that weirdness, that's exactly what Matt Doheny is up to these days.
Or not up to, as it were.
Since Friday, my phone calls, voice mails, emails and text messages to Mr. Doheny, a Republican business owner, have not been answered. (He did talk to me a day or two after his campaign announcement about the company he founded, North Country Capital.)
I just want to know where he stands on Republican Rep. Paul Ryan's Medicare plan; we did not anticipate this silence.
Medicare is a government-run health insurance program that directly pays health care providers for Americans age 65 and up, plus some people with disabilities and kidney failure. (Beneficiaries do pay premiums for some procedures and deductibles.)
Mr. Ryan's plan would do away with that, creating a government-regulated health insurance exchange where seniors could pick an insurance company they want, and get money from the government to pay for part of the premium — though not all of it.
A necessary step to reel in America's runaway budget problems? Or an undue burden on a vulnerable population?
Don't ask me, I'm just a reporter. And don't ask Mr. Doheny. He's just a candidate for Congress.

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