Updated 06/06/2012 05:38 PM
Political newcomer hopes to win republican line in NY 21
A new name, new territory and a new candidate. New York's 23rd Congressional District will be overhauled later this year. But before it officially becomes the 21st district, we've got to find out who will challenge current Congressman Bill Owens. A Sackets Harbor republican is hoping to get that shot. Our Brian Dwyer has more on Kellie Greene.
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WATERTOWN, N.Y. -- The daughter of a retired school teacher in Oswego, Kellie Greene entered the business world helping consult with shipping and logistics. Her life took her to Arizona for quite some time, but she's back, living in Sackets Harbor, ready to try her hand at politics.
"We've gotten away from what the Constitution intended which is a representative of all of the people. Our founders never intended this party system and this division," Greene said.
Greene is looking to knock off the man many consider a lock to win the republican line, Matt Doheny.
Doheny is supported by all 12 GOP committees in the district. He's raised more money and has that name recognition from the 2010 elections. Greene says she knows she's got serious ground to make up.
"Any candidate that would have jumped in, short of Doug Hoffman, would have been in the same position," she said.
Speaking of Hoffman, Greene says she's that type of grass roots conservative republican. She says unlike her opponent, she's feeling the effects of the economy and knows exactly what everyday people are dealing with.
Although, she adds, she isn't a Hoffman clone with different views and...
"Personality for one. I'm a little bit more outgoing and bubbly and maybe long winded," Greene said.
Greene's change to make a name for herself comes with the new eastern counties added to the district. And while she only has a short time to do it, people there have also have much less knowledge of Doheny.
"They're sort of looking at us and having to make some tough decisions very quickly. That's the challenge. We have to get our names out to a pretty large section," she said.
One person Greene didn't think she'd have to introduce herself to though is Doheny. Greene feels Doheny has basically ignored her candidacy, focusing instead on Owens. A move, according to her, that could backfire.
"He's certainly acting like he doesn't see me as a threat. He's said to me a couple of times recently in parades that he's seen me, 'Please stop by on the 27th and volunteer.’ So he clearly does not see that the 26th could turn out differently than he expects," Greene said.
Greene is hoping to convince voters her ideas to help overhaul social security, repeal Obama Care and create jobs hits home quickly with republican voters who all of a sudden have to vote in three weeks instead of in September.
As for jobs, Greene says it wouldn't take much to convert the Port of Ogdensburg into a container port to help draw business back to the area.