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On the clock: Woolf’s pressures Stefanik for stance on Ryan budget


The campaign of Democratic candidate Aaron G. Woolf has released an online clock that counts the days, down to the second, that it says his opponent, Republican Elise M. Stefanik, has avoided answering questions about U.S. Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s plan to end the Medicare guarantee.

The two candidates are vying to replace Congressman William L. Owens, D-Plattsburgh, as the representative for New York’s 21st Congressional District.

Citing two stories in the Glens Falls Post Star in which Ms. Stefanik’s declines taking positions on Mr. Ryan’s budget or his proposal for Medicare, the Woolf campaign pressured Ms. Stefanik to take a stand on the issues.

Ms. Stefanik’s said she has taken a position on both the Ryan budget and Mr. Ryan’s proposal to end the Medicare guarantee. Her campaign issued the following statement, referencing the May 27th Time Warner Cable News debate between Ms. Stefanik and her primary opponent Matthew A. Doheny:

“Clearly Aaron Woolf was too busy living in his Manhattan pent house to realize Elise definitively stated in the first debate on May 27th that she would have voted no on the Ryan Budget. North Country voters have seen this movie before. Once again, Aaron Woolf offers no solutions of his own and only routinely misrepresents Elise’s record. The only countdown clock needed is that Aaron Woolf has refused to take a position on whether he would have voted for Obamacare — which he has failed to do for over 199 days since he launched his campaign to make his documentary film.”

Ms. Stefanik is a former White House policy adviser who lives in Willsboro. She also worked on Mr. Ryan’s 2012 vice-presidential campaign.

Mr. Woolf is a documentary filmmaker with a home in Elizabethtown.

Green Party candidate Matthew J. Funiciello, a bakery and cafe owner from Glens Falls, is also in the race.

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