Rep. Bill Owens voted for a GOP backed deregulation bill, leading GOP insiders to suggest the Congressman is running scared and eager to be seen as bipartisan and centrist in his bid for reelection against Republican Matt Doheny.
Mr. Owens on the other hand has been stressing he is an independent centrist Democrat not walking in lock step with his party's leadership. Thirteen Democrats voted for the deregulation bill which is not expected to pass the Senate. A classic one house bill where everyone gets a press release but the public gets nothing.
The Owens strategy is surely to be seen as a stately and reassuring character in the NNY tradition of John McHugh and other vestiges of the Rockefeller/Javits era of the NYS GOP.
The Doheny campaign wants voters to see Mr. Owens as an opportunist and liberal wolf in sheep's clothing.
One thing is for sure the race is 45-45 with most votes frozen in amber and the remaining 10 percent of voters in play. That's what the candidates are vying for with their strategic votes and dueling press releases.
Meanwhile the most battles in the campaign are occuring in the eastern counties new to the district with Doheny on the road seven days a week and Owens trying to fit campaigning in with his duties in DC.
Watertown Daily Times | Owens votes for deregulation bill