Republican congressional candidate Matt Doheny on Wednesday announced his opposition to proposed legislation that would raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $9.80 per hour, in increments over two years, and index it to inflation after three years.

“Business owners tell me that this 35 percent jump in pay would force them to cut hours or offer fewer jobs, pass costs to the consumer and take home less profit,” Doheny said in a press release.

Doheny, an investment fund manager from Watertown, is running in the new 21st Congressional District against U.S. Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsbugh, and Green Party candidate Donald Hassig, a political activist from Saint Lawrence County.

In the press release, Doheny pointed out the AFL-CIO and other labor unions have supported Owens’ campaign.

“The question is: Will he (Owens) stand up for our job creators -- or stand with AFL-CIO and other interests who are pushing for this increase?” Doheny asked in the press release.

This makes the second time the Doheny campaign has criticized Owens for being allied with labor.

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