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Woolf grants 10 minute interview to press in Watertown


Democratic 21st Congressional District candidate Aaron G. Woolf continued his tour of county Democratic Committee meetings today, meeting the press out in front of Watetown’s converted Masonic Temple before a 4:30 meeting with the county Democratic Committee.

He spoke with the press for about 10 minutes, and we’ll post Brian Kelly’s story on the meeting as soon as it’s done.

Mr. Woolf made an appearance at the Lewis County committee meeting Thurday night. He emerged from the meeting long enough to say he is interested in putting north country residents back to work, WWNY-7 News reported this morning.

Meanwhile, the Glens Falls Post Star reports, Mr. Woolf met Wednesday with the Warren County Democratic Committee. After the meeting, county Chairman Lynne Boecher said the committee unanimously endorsed Mr. Woolf

“Aaron Woolf represents the integrity, commitment and drive that distinguishes this district and will represent all voters well in Congress,” the Post Star reported Mrs. Boecher as saying in a news release.

For those who have criticized Mr. Woolf for failing to launch — and there are many — he has set up campaign Internet connections that could become valuable in a campaign, should he decide to conduct one.

Mr. Woolf's campaign website is at His campaign Twitter page is @woolfforny. His Facebook page is at

To make it easier for our readers, though, let me condense them for you. His website has a one sentence notice that he's all for the north country and refers people to his Twitter and Facebook pages. His Twitter account has two posts which refer people to his Facebook page and his website. His Facebook page has a post referring people to his website and his Twitter page.

In the world of the Internet, this is the circular referral. It gives the impression of substance but it is naught but smoke and mirrors.

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Elise M. Stefanik, seeking the Republican line in the race for the 21st Congressional District seat being vacated by Rep. William L. Owens, D-Plattsburgh, has named a prominent Republican Party and Ballston Spa attorney, Jim Walsh, to oversee the campaign’s ballot access and petition collection process.

“Jim will be an invaluable resource on my team during the petition gathering process. He’s very thorough and his integrity and professionalism are unquestionable,” Ms. Stefanik said in a news release.

With a looming June 24 primary contest against at least Matthew A. Doheny and perhaps Joseph Gilbert and James Waller, Mr. Walsh will insure that Ms. Stefanik’s petitions are unassailable. And, presumably, he will monitor the petitions of the other candidates to ensure they, too, are proper.

According to the Stefanik release, Mr. Walsh has worked for several Republican candidates at all levels of government. He is a retired Navy Reserve intelligence officer.

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It’s a bit unusual for a campaign to display a sense of humor, but Mr. Doheny has gently tugged on Mr. Woolf’s leg with a release he put out today.

In it, the Republican tweaked his potential Democratic rival for Mr. Woolf’s recent change of voter registration. Here’s the release:

WATERTOWN – On the four (4) week anniversary of Democrat candidate Aaron Woolf registering to vote in NY-21, Republican candidate Matt Doheny issued the following statement:

“I’d like to congratulate Mr. Woolf on a full four weeks as a registered voter and formally welcome him to the absolute best Congressional District in America. Over the next eight months I look forward to discussing how my North Country roots and real life experience meeting budgets, saving jobs, and improving communities best qualify me to fight for the North Country in Congress. Like many in the press, I am eager to engage Mr. Woolf on issues like ObamaCare, taxing and spending, and what he feels qualifies him to represent the people of the North Country.”

Since Mr. Doheny will have to face Ms. Stefanik in the primary and win before he is likely to debate Mr. Woolf on anything, the Democrat has at least a little time to get ready.

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