It's only been a year since we endorsed Bill Owens in his bid to represent the 23rd Congressional District in Washington, D.C., and he has done nothing during the past 12 months to convince us that was a mistake.
Mr. Owens has brought civility and a common sense, and a middle-of-the-road approach to a House of Representatives that too often is a chamber filled with little but noise on the left and right.
The retired captain in the United States Air Force has a first-hand understanding of the military issues that are so critical to the 23rd Congressional District, where Fort Drum is one of the major drivers of the local economy and where men and women are putting their lives on the line on foreign soil.
His votes during his first year in office have reflected the views of a man who has worked in the private sector since leaving the military, playing a role in the success story that is the redevelopment of the Plattsburgh Air Force Base and working with local banks and health care institutions. That has provided him with great insight as Congress debates policies that will impact north country residents.
He has been an advocate for moving forward the I-98 project and has been involved in the process that recently resulted in the announcement that $120.8 million would be headed to Massena for the remediation of the former GM Powertrain site on the banks of the St. Lawrence River.
We like Republican candidate Matt Doheny, but his campaign has simply recycled so many of the GOP talking points that failed the people of the north country when his party was in control of the White House and Congress. We do not believe his views on the role of government would benefit the north country and its residents in these challenging times.
The Republican campaign machine - and its allies - have tried to portray Mr. Owens as some out of touch liberal extremist during that past two campaigns. Clearly that is not the case. Mr. Owens has shown again and again that his positions on issues reflect the views of the vast majority of his constituents. He has earned a full term in the House of Representatives.