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Conservative Party gets 21st district action; Woolf named as key candidate for national Dems

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The race for the 21st Congressional District is heating up, with the immediate battle being waged for the hearts and minds of the Conservative Party.

The major Republican candidates, Elise M. Stefanik and Matthew A. Doheny, are both making the rounds and have both picked up support.

Mr. Doheny has gotten the support of Conservative Party chairmen in Washington and Warren counties, and Ms. Stefanik is being endorsed by chairmen in Essex and Clinton counties.

Since neither candidate is a registered Conservative, each would need a Wilson-Pakula ruling to get the nomination. State Conservative Party Chairman Michael Long has been a strong Doheny supporter in the past, but he has yet to commit to a candidate for 2014.

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In an interview in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise over the weekend, Mr. Doheny responded to criticisms leveled by Stefanik supporters that he has come too late to the party.

“I’m not a newcomer to the race,” Mr. Doheny told the Enterprise. “For four years I gave my heart and soul running against a very tough Bill Owens.”

The Watertown resident and Alexandria Bay native also defended his north country roots, saying he has roots in the district and noting his son was born here last year.

And he cited a conversation with former Rep. Newt Gingrich when asked if he should have another chance.

“He had two very close races and then got elected,” Mr. Doheny told the Enterprise. “Should I have a third chance? I think the answer is yes.”

Read the entire story here: http://wdt.me/aKYn7c

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The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has named the 21st CD part of its Emerging Races program, which are races the Democrats believe “have the potential to become competitive.”

According to Politico, this means the committee will dedicate resources to the campaign of candidate Aaron Woolf, who was selected by the 12 county Democratic Committees in the district.

Mr. Woolf, who has so far continued to be a stealth candidate, was invited to the Jefferson County Democratic Committee breakfast on Saturday, but didn’t show.

To read the Politico story, go here: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/03/dccc-2014-elections-red-to-blue-104176.html

And the Glens Falls Post-Star is reporting that Mr. Woolf will meet Wednesday evening in Lake George with the Warren County Democratic Committee.

Post-Star blogger Maury Thompson reported that Democratic Chairman Roy Thomas said “he is looking forwrad to meeting the filmmaker and learning more about his candidacy.

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