Republican investment banker and two-time candidate for Congress Matt Doheny is running again for a House seat in upstate New York. Roll Call reports:
Doheny, a Republican, narrowly lost to Rep. Bill Owens, D-N.Y., by 2 points last cycle. But Republicans are newly optimistic they could pick up this seat in 2014 since Owens announced his retirement last month.
“I was honored that more than 120,000 voters chose me to represent them during the last election,” Doheny said in a news release.
Doheny's 2012 run against Owens was marred by the revelation, caught on camera, that the then-engaged Doheny had kissed and groped a female staffer while in Washington for a Republican-sponsored campaign workshop. Gawker broke the story at the time, and later the New York Post found video of him fondling the staffer and another woman, also not his fiancee, outside the D.C. restaurant. As Gawker described it, Doheny was "caught getting handsy with two ladies." Here more from the Post's 2012 report:
He’s a hands-on candidate.
Matt Doheny, a newly engaged Republican running in the 23rd Congressional District upstate, was recently spotted partying in a DC bar with two women, groping both and kissing one.
Neither one was his fiancée.
The Post has obtained a video of Doheny with his arms around the women after last week’s GOP candidate retreat in Washington.
Watch video obtained by the Post below:
Doheny joins another Republican, first-time candidate Elise Stefanik, in the primary. Stefanik, who has been running for the seat since last summer, has already received the endorsements of most of the county GOP chairmen in the district. The website New York State of Politics reports that one county chairman has already released a statement "standing firm" in his support for Stefanik despite Doheny's entrance.