Attorney Bill Owens (D) is the first candidate to hit television airwaves in the special election to replace Rep. John McHugh (R-N.Y.) with a 30-second spot that focuses on his familys military background and job creation.
I come from a family of soldiers, Owens says in the ad. My great-grandfather served in the Civil War, my great-uncle in World War I and my father in World War II.
Owens also plays up his effort to create jobs in the sprawling upstate district, which only marginally favors Republicans.
I was a captain here at Plattsburgh Air Force Base ... before they closed it down, Owens says. Since then, Ive worked to redevelop the base. In all, Ive helped attract over 2,000 jobs to upstate New York.
The ad is running on broadcast and cable TV stations. Over the weekend, Owens helped open Democratic field offices in Watertown and Plattsburgh.
Owens faces Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava (R) and Conservative Party nominee Doug Hoffman in the yet-to-be-scheduled special election, which is expected to be very competitive.
McHugh plans to formally resign his seat today, according to a report in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise. Once he does, Gov. David Paterson (D) will set the date for the special election, and it is highly likely that it will take place on Election Day, Nov. 3.
McHugh was confirmed to be Army secretary last week.