A spokesman for Matt Doheny issued a statement Wednesday evening blasting a “hit” piece against the Republican candidate that appeared on the national Gawker website.
Gawker published grainy photographs, which the site claims show the Republican “in the arms of campaign consultant Monica Notzon” during a trip to Washington DC
Doheny is unmarried, but is currently engaged. His spokesman Jude Seymour issued a statement saying that the pictures “demonstrate nothing more than two old friends joking around as they sat with other friends.”
Seymour claimed that the photographs were taken by a “Democratic operative” and provided to Gawker. The campaign also released a statement from Doheny’s fiance in which she says she is “deeply saddened” by the article.
Doheny is challenging Democrat Bill Owens in the newly formed 21st congressional district. The rematch between the Watertown Republican and the Plattsburgh Democrat is likely to be one of the most closely watched races in the country.
This flare-up could well be the first salvo in a long, ugly campaign.