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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Mayor orders disclaimer on Doheny advertising at Civic Center

      With no NHL season and local professional hockey teams starting their seasons, the Mayor of Glens Falls wants everyone to know he doesn't support Matt Doheny for Congress.
     Mayor Jack Diamond is a Democrat and has ordered that the local hockey team run a disclaimer during pubilc address announcements paid  for by the GOP campaign as part of a campaign sponsored event with the team.
     As coincidence would have have it, in Watertown, the Privateers open up Friday and Mr. Doheny, a hockey player when growing up in Alex Bay, is holding a similar event for his supporters at a local restaurant and then going with his fans to the game at the Fairgrounds Arena.
      I think people are smart enough to know teams sell shout-outs during time out and sell all sorts of promotional stuff like ads on dasher boards. That's a big part of their business model as the players are paid.
       A candidate buying an ad package during a game is not municipal backing of a candidate any more than any other ad you see means anything more. But its political season, and I am sure the pressure is on to make sure the candidate and party who didn't support the team are not offended.
      Obviously, political demonstrations at city events could be overdone and doing so would probably cause more resentment than benefit. However, a candidate supporting a team hardly requires a disclaimer. Attending an off site rally and then going to a game to be seen at a community event does not cross a line.
        A few years ago, an opponent of mine bought display ads on city busses and finished third in the primary.  Go figure.
Mayor orders disclaimer on Doheny advertising at Civic Center

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Doheny said it was only to show his support of the hockey event.. One of the locals stated a very good fact. Where was his support all the years he didnt run for Congress>?
Think about that folks and all you folks in NNY also.. Where was his generosity and caring all those years he wasnt around her running for Congress.. A man worth thirty plus millions with more hidden in the CAymens certainly should have had more of an impact on NNY.. There certainly is enough people up here that need help he could have provided.... Oh well he would rather spend millions to get a job paying less than two hundresd thousand.. Ever wonder why?????

Anonymous said...

Hockey games, chinese flags, school lunches, memorizing towns, pathetic attempts to confuse voters with misleading endorsements...this all points to a greater problem: Matt's campaign is lacking maturity and understanding of the issues facing NNY'ers. Nice job Freeland, Jude and Hook - it's been a winning formula. The Italian American Club election night party is going to be early evening. Honey, I'll be home by 9:15PM...keep the soup warm on the stove.

Anonymous said...

The city of watertown should all this type of advertisement, and that goes for all the venues attached with sports facitilies. Regardless of his political affilitation, it is these types of donations/advertisements that allow these types of organizations survive in small communities like this. Good for Doheny, the others should be doing the same for all sports teams at the Fairgrounds

Anonymous said...

I actually understand the mayor's position. Especially since it isn't just an announcement but of onslaught of Doehny propaganda (the banner, the ceremonial puck drop, etc.) - if you look at the Doheny marketing material for the event it does appear that he has partnered with the team and it isn't simply a package he purchased. I did think that the team was in a sense "endorsing" Doheny, thus the arena was as well. I think the fact that there is a Doheny fundraiser surrounding all of it, including a puck drop (which is typically an honorary gesture and not something you simply "purchase"), makes it all a bit of a gray area. I get it and I don't think the mayor is off base at all. I think everyone has had enough political noise around them for the last few months, it is frustrating that now you can't even attend a hockey game without more of that pollution. November 6th can't come soon enough.

Anonymous said...

Have you noticed that these "controversies" seem to plague the Doheny campaign...marching in the veterans day parade, participating in the hospital ground breaking, visiting local schools, etc.

I can't decide if the campaign is overzealous with the campaign choices and are overstepping their bounds or people are just too sensitive. Probably a little of both.

Anonymous said...

Doheny likes hockey, always has. He may have done this anyway. Can't we support local athletics without it turning into a political war?? This has been a constant theme for a long time now. SHEESH

Anonymous said...

So exactly what is the policy of the City of Watertown regarding using public facilities for political fundraisers? You totally missed the point - as usual Mayor. But then love is blind and you sure do love Doheny.

Anonymous said...

Owens advertised with the hockey team too, but he bought all the advertising time for the 4th period.