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DCCC: Ryan budget major issue in NY21 race

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The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee slammed Republican candidates Matthew A. Doheny and Elise M. Stefanik today for not taking a firm position on the budget proposed in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin.

Mr. Doheny and Ms. Stefanik are running for the 21st Congressional District seat held by Rep. William L. Owens, D-Plattsburgh. Mr. Owens announced earlier this year that he would not be seeking reelection.

Mr. Doheny said he was “troubled” with some aspects of the proposal and Ms. Stefanik said she was “taking a good look” at the plan, according to the Glens Falls Post Star.

The DCCC apparently sent the candidates a copy of the 102-page budget last week along with a short primer called the “Republican Budget for Dummies” this week, according to DCCC spokesman Marc Brumer.

“Elise Stefanik and Matt Doheny are out of excuses. In case the 102-page Republican budget we sent them was too long, we are providing a handy cheat sheet containing all of the middle class-squeezing, special interest-coddling lowlights in Stefanik and Doheny’s Washington friends’s Republican budget,” said Mr. Brumer in a news release. “Stefanik and Doheny cannot hide from the people of New York any longer, since this one simple guide shows how the Republican budget obliterates 3 million jobs and hikes middle class families’ taxes by $2,000, all while handing millionaires and special interests tax breaks. With this guidebook in hand, Stefanik and Doheny can now come clean as to how they would vote on these backward priorities.”

The budget has reportedly drawn some resistence from prominent Republicans such as Senators Rand Paul, R- Kentucky, and Ted Cruz, R-Texas.

Aaron G. Woolf, one of the Democrats running in the Congressional race, quickly capitalized on the dissention and repeatedly attacked his opponents over Rep. Ryan’s proposal though he has not proposed an alternative plan.

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