Updated 06/25/2012 05:27 PM
Matt Doheny and Kellie Greene: Rapid fire on NY 21
The primary race for the 21st Congressional district includes a familiar face and a new one to politics. Matt Doheny and Kellie Greene are vying for the republican nod. Our Brian Dwyer asked each candidate about some of the issues facing the North Country.
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WATERTOWN, N.Y. -- Both Matt Doheny and Kellie Greene are republicans and they see eye to eye on many issues. Both agree the economy and jobs are priority number one.
"Let me tell you what's not going to grow: Jobs," Doheny said. "Taxing job creators more and making it more difficult to create a job."
"We've seen businesses leave for a very long time," Greene said. "Long before this recent crisis of our economy, we were already hurting. This is like adding insult to injury with the current crisis."
They agree on more, like repealing the Affordable Healthcare Act if it's not overturned by the Supreme Court Thursday.
"The government cannot and should not be telling us how to live our lives and that we have to go buy any particular product," Greene said.
"Let's not do it in a harshly partisan way and one size fits all. Let's have small incremental steps," Doheny added.
There's gas prices.
"We've got to reduce the taxes," Doheny said. "New York State is the second highest taxed state. Almost 70 cents for each gallon."
"Drill baby drill," Greene added. "There's no logical reason when we have so many abundant resources in our country."
But the two republicans also have differing views. Starting at the top with the national debt, Doheny says he'd consider raising the ceiling under very special circumstances, but Greene says never.
"What we need to do is figure out how to live within our means and start budgeting," she said.
Lake Ontario St. Lawrence River Water levels with the environmentally friendly plan BV7. Greene doesn't like it, saying it's too damaging to shorelines, but Doheny supports it.
"Maybe not the whole way, but it goes a long way to protect our environment as well as recreational boaters and other types of industry," he said.
And there's the guest worker visa program. Doheny supports allowing illegal aliens to work on farms legally. Greene does not.
Then, of course, there's that birth certificate issue. Was the president actually born in the U.S.? Doheny says yes. Greene doesn't think so.
"It's my opinion. A lot of people share it, a lot of people don't share it. I think the bigger issue is getting Barack Obama out of office," Greene said.
Voters hit the polls Tuesday as both candidates certain their views best reflect what the district needs.
The winner of Tuesday's primary heads for a fall showdown with current Congressman, Democrat Bill Owens.