Mr. Doheny, who’s running against North Country Democratic Congressman Bill Owens, forcefully rejected the claims. In a statement released by the campaign, Mr. Doheny’s fiancée said, “This is a very special time in our lives. I am deeply saddened at the state of journalism and politics that a so-called ‘news’ source would run a picture so out of context.”
If Gawker’s story has staying power, it will be reminiscent of the last scandal the publication uncovered in Upstate New York, where photos indicated Congressman Chris Lee was likely stepping outside of his marriage and ultimately caused him to resign.
Mr. Doheny’s campaign is vowing to plow on, and they are still very likely to capture the Republican nomination, helped by the lack of a wide window for anyone else to gather enough signatures to get on the ballot before the April 16th deadline.
Further entrenching Mr. Doheny’s status, he’s been endorsed by every county Republican Party in the district, along with the State Independence and Conservative parties, and it’s hard to see enough establishment support fleeing away from the candidate without significantly more revelations.