Don Hassig, the enigmatic Green Party candidate in the 21st Congressional District, issued a news release today encouraging voters to pick Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh, at the polls.
Mr. Owens faces Republican Matt Doheny and, of course, Mr. Hassig.
Here's a full news release — pardon the formatting funkiness.
"I have given much thought to what is best for the 21st Congressional
District with regards to who is representing the people of this area.
There must be a transition from the representative being a person who
favors the wealthy, corporate people to the representative being a
person who favors the common people. If Matt Doheny were to be
elected to Congress, the district would have a representative who
favors the wealthy, corporate people even more than Congressman Owens
does. Thus, I believe that it is best for William Owens to continue
as the member of Congress for this area until I am able to succeed in
obtaining that office.
A recent independent poll shows a very close contest between
Congressman Owens and candidate Doheny. This is the last window that
we will have on the outcome of the election until after the close of
the polling places on November 6th. There will be no exit polls to
gauge running vote counts on Election Day. I want Congressman Owens
to win. Thus, I am setting in motion a strategy that is likely to
insure his victory on Election Day. I will vote for Congressman
Owens. I am asking my supporters to vote for Congressman Owens. I
have called key supporters and requested their assistance in spreading
the word on this strategy. I have stated my strategy to insure
victory for Congressman Owens to the news media of the 21st
With such a strategy in operation I am confident that Congressman
Owens will win. This will insure that the representative does not
become one who favors the wealthy, corporate people more than is the
current situation. I want the change in representation to be
continuously in the direction of more favoring of the common people.
I believe that my influence upon the politics of the 21st
Congressional District is causing Congressman Owens himself to move in
this direction. When I take over from him in 2020, the transition
will be complete. At that time the people will have a representative
who is truly representative of them.
On November 7th, I want all of my supporters who voted for Congressman
Owens to call his district offices and share the fact that they
switched their vote to assist with his reelection. I want my
supporters who helped reelect Congressman Owens to tell him that they
want him to change his mind about fracking and become a strong
opponent of shale gas and shale oil extraction by fracking or by any
other technology. I want these voters to thank Congressman Owens for
the good work that he has done to assist Cancer Action NY in the work
of using scientific knowledge to prevent cancer in America. I want
them to express their support for his office taking further actions to
establish cancer prevention based in government provided warnings of
avoidable cancer hazards as the central strategy in the war against
cancer. I want my voters who voted for Owens to tell him that he must
become a strong opponent of the wars of aggression that our country is
waging in the Middle East. I want my voters who voted for Owens to
tell him that he must become an advocate for a ban on factory farming.
With all of this good guidance Congressman Owens will become ever
more a representative of the common people."