Republican Matt Doheny's congressional campaign is up with a new ad that claims his Nov. 6 opponent, Democratic Rep. Bill Owens, says one thing in the north country and does another thing in Washington, D.C.
The ad assails Mr. Owens' vote to approve President Obama's health-care overhaul, which raised taxes — the ad claims that the figure is by $1 trillion, while the real number has been estimated as lower than that but would be hard to accurately pin down. The bill did indeed raise taxes, mostly on drug importers, expensive health care plans and wealthy people's payroll taxes. The figure is estimated over 10 years.
The second figure cited — that Mr. Owens voted to raise taxes by $700 billion on small businesses — is based on Mr. Owens' vote for Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen's budget. You can read more about that one here.
And here's the ad, which also includes statistics about the unemployment rate in the north country: