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|U.S. House, New York, District 21|
Greene ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent New York's 21st District. She sought the nomination on the Republican ticket but lost to investment fund manager Matt Doheny in the June 26, 2012, Republican primary. The winner will take on Democratic incumbent Bill Owens in the general election.
In 2010, Doheny was just under 2,000 votes short of beating Owens.
Greene said local Republican organizations had been dismissive of her campaign. The primary, she said, should not "be the will of the party. It’s supposed to be the will of the people." Several county Republican chairman responded, one saying that Greene had not shown a strong enough campaign, and another saying she did not send the campaign literature he had offered to distribute for her.
On the issues, Doheny and Greene had their disagreements. Greene favors a flat tax, while Doheny says such a tax would be best in theory, in practice he would rather work toward "a flatter, simpler, fairer tax system" with no loopholes. Regarding immigration, Doheny supports expanding H2A guest-worker visa programs, while Greene says "We don't have jobs for our own people."
Due to scheduling difficulties, the two candidates were unable to meet for a debate. Greene blamed the latest difficulty on Doheny's camp.
|U.S. House, New York District 21 Republican Primary, 2012|
- AP/CSPAN "New York-Summary Vote Report," June 26, 2012
- Watertown Daily Times "Greene, Doheny diverge on H2A visa program," June 19, 2012
- Post Star, "Doheny details priorities and tax platform in Glens Falls visit," June 14, 2012
- Post Star, "GOP sues to remove Owens from third-party ballot line," May 1, 2012
- Central New York YNN "Doheny hopes for second shot at Republican primary," June 8, 2012
- Post Star, "Green says most GOP hierarchy has shunned her," June 6, 2012
- Watertown Daily Times "GOP primary debate is off," June 21, 2012
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