October 12th, 2010
01:15 PM ET
8 years ago

Dem touts loyalty – to Boehner

(CNN) – Facing an uphill battle for re-election, Democrat Bill Owens is bragging about his allegiances to the other side of the aisle.

In a new ad out Tuesday, the Democrat who won a special House seat in a conservative upstate New York District last year, declares he voted with "the Republican leader 63 percent of the time."

That comes in response to charges from his opponent, Matt Doheny, that Owens has been a reliable vote for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi – an accusation that could prove fatal in the state's 23rd Congressional District that had been controlled by a Republican for more than a century before Owens' victory.

Owens was the victor in a special election late last year, when he faced Republican candidate Dede Scozzafava and Tea Party-backed candidate Doug Hoffman. The two essentially split the Republican vote in the upstate district, leading to a surprise Owens win.

Responding the ad, National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Ken Spain said, "The very same site that Owens uses to back up his claim in his ad shows that he votes with his party 93 percent of the time."

"It should come as no surprise that the very same congressman who broke four campaign promises within one hour after being sworn in, is now lying about his record. The numbers speak for themselves, since coming to congress, Bill Owens has been a nothing more than a reliable vote sitting in Nancy Pelosi's back pocket," Spain said.

Owens is only the latest in a string of vulnerable Democrats to overtly run against their own party's leadership. On Monday, West Virginia Senate Candidate Joe Manchin, a Democrat, went so far in a campaign advertisement as to shoot a bullet through a cap-and-trade legislation his party supports.

Other examples include Rep. Earl Pomeroy, D-North Dakota, who touted his support of former President Bush's Medicare plan in a recent ad, and Rep. Bobby Bright, D-Alabama, who says in an ad that he "votes 80 percent with the Republican leader."

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soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Charlie

    Democrats are waking up, albeit too late. Their ship is sinking fast and we can only hope that the TEA party republicans can undo the damage that has been in the last 2 years.

    October 12, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  2. stufit

    This is so great. Democrats forsaking the corrupt administration and the lying congressional leadership. Hopefully real democrats will emerge to take back control of their part again. My family was always democrats until the left wing nut faction took control.

    October 12, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  3. 22 Days until Socialism dies in the United States

    Honestly America... Do you want to vote for these slimy politicans that will do and say ANYTHING just to retain power? The DemocRATS SPI T IN YOUR FACE and jammed new laws and taxes down your throat and didn't care one iota about what you thought or wanted! Now they want to LIE TO YOU and say they are something that they are NOT.

    The people running this type of ad are the WORSE of the WORSE! Show them the tip of your shoe next month.

    October 12, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  4. Ari

    Joe Manchin is not a Senate candidate from Delaware, he's from West Virginia.

    October 12, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  5. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    I saw this ad just yesterday. Bill Owens is in trouble now that Doug Hoffman has dropped out. The first thing he did when he arrived in washington is vote in favor of the Health Care reform bill. The largest middle class tax increase in the history of America and he voted for it before he even sat down in his seat.

    October 12, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  6. Laverne

    For all the dems who are shaking in their boots and declaring their loyalty to the republicans, I hope they not only lose, but lose big time! If you are on a team and just because the team is not finishing like you hoped, you don't throw in the towel, you stick with what you know. I would never identify myself with the republicans, but I am changing my voting status from Dem to Independent because I can't stand the fact that the dems have "ZERO" backbone. It is embarrassing that the dems scare so easily and not willing to fight tooth and nail for what they know is right for the American people. The Dems have just allowed the republicans to come and snatch away their toys, AMAZING!

    October 12, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  7. beth

    That's very weird. Why not just become a Republican. He'll get no Democratic or Republican votes the way he is going now. Bizarre!!

    October 12, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  8. PalmReader

    Although I disagree with anyone who touts a *loyalty* to Boehner, Owens knows his constituents best, and it is they who will decide who they most trust.

    October 12, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  9. John

    I am a democrat. i would vote against Bill owens because he has no backbone. Why doesn't he just change party? He is just trying to keep his job. Get rid of him.

    October 12, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  10. anthony

    So he is a Dem why?

    October 12, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  11. Rachel

    This is funny stuff. Why not just vote for a republican instead of someone who is dem who says he votes with republicans?

    October 12, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  12. Whatever

    So this means he has not vote for anything over the past 4 years while the Dems have had control of Congress.. right?!! He should be gone!!!

    I changed my party affiliation from Dem to Repub and now past four years an Independent. If neither party can produce QUALITY candidates, shame on them!!!

    TERM LIMITS – 2 terms and no pension!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 12, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  13. stufthis

    ... nuttz
    Right wingnuts refuse to accept the report of the CBO, stating that health reform is deficit reducing. To say that reform was the biggest tax increase in history is a damn lie, and only an imbecile with an eighth grade education would believe it.

    October 12, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  14. LacrosseMom(real one)

    As much as I agree that Owens is a "blue Dog" we can not afford to lose a Democrat. Just hold your nose and vote FOR Owens! There is a Blue Dog running for reelection in the my district, he is not my first choice. However, I'd rather have a Blue Dog Democrat than a ........ Koch brothers "Tea Party" candidate!

    October 12, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  15. CaliforniaBC

    Oh my GOD! Who is this guy? I voted like the Orange Man of Congress. John Boehner is a corporate hack who has nothing to offer this country but a regurgitated list of complaints he pulls out everytime the Democrats put up a piece of legislation. Boehner could not be worse for this country and this DEMOCRAT is bragging about siding with HIM. This is a sad state.

    Democrats need to stand up, get a hold of their balls and defend everything they have accomplished with as much force as the Republicans are flinging their misinformation. Stand up and defend your actions instead of being changing your moral compass with the wind like John McCain did.

    October 12, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  16. Hypocri...CNNfection

    Can You Say Sell Out!

    October 12, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |

    Just too delicious! And the Dem gov from West Virginia runnning for the senate actually fired a rifle to blast a hole in a copy of Obama's Cap & Trade bill??? It's called Total Meltdown!

    October 12, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  18. Danel

    John I agree with you. Bill Owens is nothing but a dino. He is not worth DNCC money and support.

    October 12, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  19. Marie MD

    Ii rather have a politician (like the President) who cares about the health of citizens because he went through hell with his family's health problems than the rethugs shoving their religion and "moral values" down my throat.
    These Democrats are spineless. They are worse thant he teabaggers who are brain dead.

    October 12, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  20. John

    It's hard to see how this strategy can possibly play out in his favor.

    October 12, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  21. smarty

    Owens should switch to the Republican party since he loves them so much. I want to see Democrats who ARE Democrats through and through. I dislike Republicans in Democratic clothing as much as I dislike hard-core Republicans. At least the hard-core don't hide what they are.

    October 12, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  22. Vigla

    You conservatives amaze me. You want power back after destroying our great nation with your bankrupt policies. You have no ideas other than the ones you espoused back in the 1920's. Look where that led us back then and look where it led us now. You are not ready to govern. Sane people will come out to vote and although you may win seats, people are still too scared to let you make decisions yet. I mean look at the candidates you have nominated... What a pathetic bunch of extremists! Never mind Obama and health care, what Obama has done is nothing to what these wackos will do to us.

    October 12, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  23. Dennis

    This is just too funny. Really who would vote for this guy now? He's in no man's land.

    October 12, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  24. Mike - Dayton, Ohio

    I love the guy talking about dems spitting in your face, reminded me of when the tea party people were actually spitting on dem reps and yelling bigotted epithets as they walked into the capitol. I like the raising taxes part too considering the dems have only cut taxes since they've been in power. 40% of the stimulus was cuts/credits. He must be one of the people making above a quarter million who might see his tax rate return to 2001 levels.

    October 12, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  25. Iamnoone

    What an idiot.

    October 12, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
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