WATERTOWN - The day-old campaign of Matthew A. Doheny got a quick boost today when he was endorsed by the state Independence Party for the 21st Congressional District seat.
The endorsement will mean a guaranteed line on the November ballot, since the state party organization is responsible for nominating the candidate.
Were pleased to stand with Matt Doheny, who has been a great ambassador for our party in previous elections, state Independence Party Chairman Frank MacKay said in a news release. Matt is a natural leader, bringing together disparate interests in business and working sensibly to find compromise for the benefit of all. Hes been an outspoken advocate for our principles of limited government and lower taxes, which spur job growth. We think he is the best candidate to represent the interests of the North Country, Adirondacks and Capital Region.
Joseph L. Baruth Sr., vice chairman of the state Independence Party and chairman of the Lewis County party committee, was enthusiastic about Mr. Doheny entering the fray.
We were glad to see Matt commit to the campaign, Mr. Baruth said.
The Constableville resident said that as a candidate, Mr. Doheny has even more positives than he did in the 2012 race.
I find him not just an excellent candidate, but an improved candidate, Mr. Baruth said. His new family has brought stability to his thinking and made him more aware of a broader range of issues.
Mr. Baruth said he believed Mr. Doheny would win the Republican primary on June 24.
I am not saying anything against the other candidates, but I dont think they can stand up against Matt, he said. With them, I dont see the clear understanding of north country issues, or an awareness of the importance of Fort Drum.
Mr. Doheny said he was pleased with the partys decision to back him.
Im humbled and excited over this boost to my campaign, he said. I look forward to campaigning with their backing.
Mr. Doheny said the endorsement becomes even more important on Nov. 4.
It will be a competitive election, he said. That means we need every vote we can get.
The Independence Party is the states third largest political organization. In two prior elections, Mr. Doheny has picked up about 12,000 votes on the Independence line.
The endorsement makes Mr. Doheny the first candidate guaranteed a ballot line for the Nov. 4 election. He also is seeking the Republican and Conservative party lines.