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Incriminating evidence: This picture allegedly shows Matt Doheny kissing his campaign fundraiser Monica Notoz in Bobby Vans Steakhouse during a GOP workshop in Washington DC last week
A leading New York Congressional candidate has been caught kissing and groping a woman and cavorting with another in a bar - neither of whom is his fiancee.
Matt Doheny's political career could be ruined after a picture of him kissing a campaign consultant was leaked to Gawker.
A video also shows the politician cavorting with two women and groping his aide.
Just friends? Matt Doheny was allegedly pictured kissing his fundraising consultant Monica Notzon
The picture shows him kissing Monica Notzon, who is the fund-raising consultant to his campaign.
In the video obtained by the New York Post, he also be seen with two women, one of whom is Miss Notzon. He kisses Ms Notzon, and can also be seen groping her as they partied after a political event in the capital.
The former Wall Street banker's hand wandered over Ms Notzon's behind at last week's GOP candidate's retreat in the capital.
House GOP leaders hand-selected fifteen candidates who were said to be the strongest GOP challengers in the country, and brought them to Washington for two days of campaign workshops.
Scene: The alleged kissing was said to have taken place at Bobby Van's, a steakhouse popular with lobbyists and political creatures, in the capital
It was when they were at steakhouse Bobby Vans that the alleged kissing took place.
Miss Notzon confirmed to Gawker they were there but only said: 'We're just friends, and it was a whole big group of us.'
Mr Doheny's office also released a statement that said the photos had been taken out of context.
'These pictures demonstrate nothing more than two old friends joking around as they sat with other friends,' said Doheny campaign spokesman Jude Seymour. 'It's sad that Democratic operatives would lay in wait as a group of friends enjoyed a nice evening, but then the Washington special interests will stop at nothing to keep Bill Owens in Congress.'
His office has not yet responded to the video.
But sources told the New York Post that the revelations were not surprising.
'He’s your Wall Street-type — go, go, go, work hard, play hard,' an official told the paper. 'You might be able to do that on Wall Street, but not as an elected official.'
Two years ago Doheny narrowly lost out in the congressional race by almost 2,000 votes and returned to upstate New York where he proposed to long-time girlfriend Mary Reidy.
He also announced he would again challenge Democratic Rep. Bill Owens in 2012 and was said to be one of the strongest GOP challengers in the country.
But the news came to as no surprise to GOP insiders, especially as this is not the first time the Republican has landed himself in hot water.
He was arrested twice in 2004 for boating while impaired on the St Lawrence River and was so belligerent once that cops handcuffed him, it was reported.
Scandal: After days of denial following this picture being leaked, Anthony Weiner finally confessed that he tweeted a photo of his bulging underpants to a young woman and had sent inappropriate sexts
His campaign immediately went into damage control and issued a statement saying: 'These pictures demonstrate nothing more than two old friends joking around as they sat with other friends.
'It’s sad that Democratic operatives would lay in wait as a group of friends enjoyed a nice evening. But then, the Washington special interests will stop at nothing to keep [incumbent] Bill Owens in Congress.'
His fiancee made it clear she was standing by her man and said via a campaign statement: 'I am saddened at the state of journalism and politics.'
It remains to be seen how this will affect his campaign. His wedding is believed to be going ahead on June 30.
Anthony Weiner, who was being strongly touted as the next mayor of New York, was forced to resign after a sexting scandal with a number of young women after topless pictures of him and 'crotch shots' were leaked online.
Former upstate Rep Chris Lee quit after Gawker uncovered photos which indicated he was cheating on his wife after shirtless pictures of him appeared on Craigslist where he was said to be touting for dates.