Matthew A. Doheny doesn't care about the margin — he just wants to win today's GOP primary against Kellie A. Greene to take on Rep. William L. Owens, D-Plattsburgh.
"We're just trying to make sure we win by one vote," Mr. Doheny said in an interview right after he voted at the Emma Flower Taylor Fire Station on South Massey Street in the city. .
Mr. Doheny was asked whether he had any expectations for tonight's vote. He's vastly outspent Ms. Greene, a Sackets Harbor tea party-inspired conservative. He also has a huge head start in name recognition and the support of virtually every GOP official in the north country.
So the conventional wisdom says: Mr. Doheny should win big.
But the conventional wisdom is often just that: conventional, Mr. Doheny suggested. And he's not paying attention to it, leaving it to the media to sort out the punditry.
Mr. Doheny made his final pitch to the media: Electing him would give voters a clear choice between the Republicans and Democrats. He already has the Conservative and Independence party lines. He also said his business experience would help the nation turn around its fiscal mess.
And just so we're clear: Mr. Doheny voted for himself. He also voted for Wendy Long to take on U.S. Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand, D-N.Y.