Interspersed with aerial footage of Matt Doheny's home on the Thousand Islands, an aggressive new ad by the Rep. Bill Owens campaign called "Four Islands" tries to paint opponent Matt Doheny as a creature of Wall Street, a tax evader and an out-of-touch island owner.
The ad, approved by Mr. Owens, D-Plattsburgh, uses aerial footage of the home of Mr. Doheny, a Watertown Republican, in Alexandria Bay. Mr. Doheny bought two islands, Caprice and Shamrock, in the Thousand Islands.
The criticisms are nothing new from the 2010 run.
Mr. Doheny has said that his time on Wall Street was spent helping improve companies, not destroy them; he's also said he wasn't involved in any decision to base a company in the Caymans, and didn't benefit from it. And he notes that his islands are in the Thousand Islands, where he grew up. The Thousand Islands is a beautiful place, but it's no tropical paradise.
Here's the full response from the Doheny campaign, which includes this snippet:
“I’d never fault Bill Owens for being worth more than a million dollars. His law firm was willing to pay him that money. That’s America,” Mr. Doheny said. “My opponent, however, vilifies success. He wants to pit people against each other and breed contempt for people like me who worked hard to make it on their own.”
More on this as it develops.