Rep. Bill Owens' campaign announced Wednesday that it will begin airing his first TV spot in the Albany market today.
The ad highlights Mr. Owens' military service and his experience helping create 2,000 jobs in the north country after the air force base in Plattsburgh shut down. Here was our story at the time about the 2,000 jobs claim.
The upbeat music, Air Force motif, and slo-mo walking scenes were reminiscent of an action flick a la Top Gun.
Mr. Owens, D-Plattsburgh, says in the commercial that the north country region should bring in jobs from Canada, while also getting tough on China. Some forms of globalization are clearly superior to others.
"I approve this message because if you want to sell your products in America, you should have to play by the rules," said
Maverick Mr. Owens.
The Doheny campaign chides Mr. Owens for failing to substantiate his 2,000 jobs created claim, and also pins the loss of more more than 5,200 jobs on his time in Washington. The campaign cites unemployment figures in the 11-county congressional district.
One could argue that it's a stretch to blame unemployment figures in a congressional district on one member of Congress. The economy is a complicated place, and Mr. Owens is one of 435 people in one chamber of one branch of government — a minority member, at that, and not someone who's the head of a committee.
But the reasonable retort to that is: The Doheny campaign can prove that there are 5,200 more unemployed people since Mr. Owens took office. Mr. Owens can't prove that there are 2,000 more people who are employed because of his private-sector experience.
“My opponent’s commercial is all hype and no substance. He says: ‘When jobs go away, you create new ones.’ It’d be a great policy – if he actually followed it," Mr. Doheny said in a news release.