It’s not hard to make a case that politicians don’t have the best reputation, especially when they are picking a jury in the John Edwards trial.
With the congressional primary just two months away, we have some concerns about one of the prominent candidates.
Matt Doheny, an investment fund manager from Watertown,
and Kellie Greene, an international business consultant and seminary
student from Sackets Harbor, are both seeking the Republican nomination
for the new 21st Congressional District, which includes Warren,
Washington and northern Saratoga County. We don’t know much about
Greene, and we sort of wish we knew less about Doheny.
Making headlines in the New York Post is never a good way to kick off your campaign.
Yes, we watched the video.
This is the kind of story that makes newspaper editors
uncomfortable and readers squirm, right before they hit the replay
button and forward the video to 10 of their friends.
Doheny, who is engaged to be married in June, was in
Washington, D.C., recently to attend a Republican Party event for
possible congressional candidates. He attended without his fiancee. The
website gawker.com published a report
and photographs in late March, and the New York Post followed with a
story and video that showed Doheny being a little too friendly with a
female aquaintance who is not his fiancee.
Hey, none of our business; but then again, these
shenanigans seem pervasive in the political arena these days. Just tune
in to the Edwards trial for a reminder — and he was running for
We have not met Mr. Doheny yet and know little about him, but what we do know is a concern. He was charged twice in 2004 for boating while intoxicated and subsequently paid fines. While we believe past
transgressions can be forgiven after frank discussion, we have found Mr.
Doheny’s statements regarding those 2004 charges and his friendly
encounter in Washington more spin than explanation.
The video shows Doheny on the terrace of a restaurant,
leaning closely in to a woman while his hand wanders down her back,
well, to a place that could lead to a slap in the face.