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Bill Owens running for Congress in NY as a Dem?

NEW YORK - Ahh, the perils of television news graphics libraries. On the Today Show on NBC Tuesday morning, during a story about the congressional race in New York's 23rd District between Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman and Democrat Bill Owens, the graphic on the screen showed a photo of former Colorado Governor and Republican Bill Owens.

"Wow. From Texas to Colorado to New York. He must have gone there for the picante sauce," Rep. Buffie McFadyen (D-Pueblo West).

"There are just so many things wrong with this picture," said Jason Hopfer, one of Owens' former staffers.Pat Waak, Head of the Colorado Democratic Party liked the idea. "I think former Governor Owens should switch his party affiliation and run for Congress as a Democrat from New York," Waak said. "While even former Governor Bill Owens of Colorado looks more moderate in the face of Conservative candidate Hoffman, we were surprised to hear that our former chief executive had moved across country and reaffiliated with the Democratic party. I am sure the district is happy to have him."

The head of Colorado's Republican Party chimed in on the gaffe as well.

"Didn't know our former governor was moonlighting in New York," Dick Wadhams, the executive director of the Colorado's GOP. "But since Republicans have disavowed the Republican candidate who then endorsed the Democratic candidate who is headed towards losing, it would make sense the Democrats might embrace a former Republican Governor in the waning hours of the campaign."

Owens' daughter, Monica Owens, reached out to 9NEWS on the social networking site, Facebook, after seeing the story. "I wish it was my papa running! I think we need him back in office :)" posted Monica Owens. />