Rebutting scathing Democratic criticism of his work on Wall Street, Matt Doheny's campaign has sent out a glossy flier that highlights his north country ties and his business acumen.
Mr. Doheny, a Republican of Watertown who is a native of Alexandria Bay, says in the four-page mailer that he has "A Record of Success for the North Country and Capital District."
"I'll use my business experience of saving failing companies to help find the answers for turning around our country and our economy," Mr. Doheny writes.
The campaign of Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh, has tried to make Mr. Doheny's business background a liability. Democrats say that Mr. Doheny has "Wall Street" values and that he spent his time laying off workers.
Not so, the flier rebuts.
"Matt developed a successful track record in helping to turn around troubled companies, saving tens of thousands of American jobs," the flier states.
Mr. Doheny went to Alleghany College after graduating high school locally, and spent much of the 2000s at Deutsche Bank Securities and then Fintech Advisory. He was splitting his time between New York City and the north country — he's not, in other words, a carpetbagger.
The flier states that Mr. Doheny started North Country Capital "a few years ago." The company, based on Washington Street in Watertown, was incorporated in April 2011, after Mr. Doheny's first run for Congress.
It's the battle of two competing narratives: corporate raider vs. economic Mr. Fix-it. So far, the Democrats have been much more aggressive in solidifying their narrative, but the flier from Mr. Doheny says that while they're late to the game, the Doheny campaign isn't going to take it lying down.