The Doheny campaign must cringe just a little when they hear fellow Republican Ken Blankenbush excoriate his opponent for not living and making a living in the district.
Blankenbush is framing that argument against Lewis County native Brian McGrath who had gone on to earn a living elsewhere before deciding to move back to the area and seek office.
Matt Doheny too had been successful elsewhere and returned to the area to live and work. He registered to vote in Watertown in May,2009. In fairness, Doheny has been back here a year longer and has his business office in Watertown. (I went and looked at it and it is what it appears to be)
The key in both cases is "successful."
So what if they had ambition and had the experience of living and working somewhere else ? They both seem committed to the North Country and have strong family ties here.
We live in a mobile society and we all like to be parochial now and then...But the fact these gentlemen prospered elsewhere is not a disqualifier.
They both seem to come from pretty average NNY backgrounds so while successful now, they likely know what life here is like.
Now If I were Mr. Blankenbush, I wouldn't hesitate to use the argument...I am just suggesting for the GOP it may be a tad duplicitous.