Matt Doheny

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Matt Doheny
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U.S. House, New York, District 21
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Matt Doheny was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House representing the 21st Congressional District of New York. He was defeated by Bill Owens on November 6, 2012.[1]

Doheny is an investment fund manager.[2]



See also: New York's 21st congressional district elections, 2012

Doheny ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing New York's 21st District. He sought the nomination on the Republican ticket[3] and defeated recent seminary graduate Kellie Greene in the June 26 Republican primary.[4][2] The winner took on Democratic incumbent Bill Owens in the general election. He was defeated by Bill Owens on November 6, 2012.[5]

In 2010, Doheny was just under 2,000 votes short of beating Owens.[6]

Greene, an international business consultant,[7] said local Republican organizations have 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.[8]

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.[7] 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.[9]

U.S. House, New York District 21 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBill Owens Incumbent 47.1% 126,631
     Republican Matthew Doheny 45.3% 121,646
     Green Donald Hassig 1.6% 4,174
     N/A Blank/Void/Scattering 6.1% 16,290
Total Votes 268,741
Source: New York State Board of Elections "U.S. House of Representatives Results"
U.S. House, New York District 21 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMatthew Doheny 71.6% 8,577
Kellie Greene 28.4% 3,396
Total Votes 11,973

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Doheny's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Doheny lost election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Doheny's campaign committee raised a total of $1,964,690 and spent $1,970,512.[10]

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