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Woolf’s stealth appearances continue; Doheny gets another Conservative nod


When it comes to hiding a light under a bushel, 21st Congressional District Democratic candidate Aaron G. Woolf leads the pack by a large margin.

Despite an appearance before the St. Lawrence County Democratic Committee last night, Mr. Woolf managed to maintain his aura of secrecy by appearing in front of the press for two minutes and saying absolutely nothing. He reiterated a statement he made last week to the Times: “We’ll make a formal announcement in the next few weeks.”

Meanwhile, leading Republican candidates Matthew A. Doheny and Elise M. Stefanik are extremely busy touring the district, meeting voters, talking to the press and issuing news releases. Their faces will be more than familiar to voters long before the June 24 primary. Long, in fact, before Mr. Woolf makes his “formal announcement.”

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Mr. Doheny has picked up another county Conservative Committee endorsement.

On Tuesday, Herkimer County Conservative Committee Chairman Daniel “Deke” Pollak and Vice-Chair Marilyn Williams released a joint statement that gave their committee’s support to the Watertown Republican.

“On behalf of the Herkimer County Conservative Party, we are proud to formally endorse Matt Doheny to be our next Representative in Congress,” their joint statement said. “Matt Doheny’s conservative principles and expertise are badly needed in a Congress that refuses to meet budgets or save jobs like Matt has done in the real world.”

According to sources, Franklin County’s Conservative Committee meets Friday and an endorsement is expected to come out of that meeting. While the chairman, Robert White, has endorsed Ms. Stefanik, Mr. Doheny said earlier this week he intends to present a vigorous case that the full committee should endorse him.

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Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino today became the first official Republican challenger to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

Mr. Astorino is a former radio executive who won a second term as county executive in November. While he isn’t well known outside the greater New York metropolitan area, he has in recent months prepared for his run by crisscrossing the state and lobbing critical news releases at Gov. Cuomo.

“I’m tired of listening to the fairy tale that everything is just great when it’s just the opposite. I’m tired of watching New York’s decline,” Astorino said in an Associated Press story.

The state Republican Committee will hold a nominating convention in May. The other prominent name mentioned as a possible candidate is New York City real-estate magnate and reality TV star Donald Trump.

The AP reported that a Siena College poll released last week found Mr. Cuomo, a possible 2016 presidential candidate, leading Mr. Astorino by 42 points and Mr. Trump by 44 points.

Mr. Astorino is married with three children, ages 10, 9 and 4.

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