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The Adirondack Daily Enterprise reports this morning that many Franklin and Essex county political officials are underwhelmed with the stated candidates for the 21st Congressional District.

Many questioned the dedication of Democratic candidate Aaron Woolf and Republican candidates Elise M. Stefanik and Matthew A Doheny.

Several suggested a better candidate would be Republican Tupper Lake Mayor Paul Maroun, who has said he will support Mr. Doheny.

Read the Enterprise story here: http://wdt.me/6qwpdn

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The rush to affirm support for putative GOP front-runner Stefanik continues unabated, with the Washington County Republican Committee over the weekend putting out a release, through the Stefanik campaign, saying they picked her and they’re staying with their pick.

“Our Committee held an open and transparent process in order to select a candidate for the 21st Congressional District,” the release quotes Chairman John Patterson as saying. “We interviewed anyone who stepped forward and held themselves out as a candidate. Our Committee selected Elise Stefanik based on a number of factors which included: knowledge of the issues of the District, commitment to Republican values, background and experience, and determination to see this race to the end. She was the overwhelming choice.”

As with statements the Stefanik campaign has put out from other county Republican Committees, the county chairman cites the amount of work Ms. Stefanik has put into her campaign over the past year as a major reason the committee is continuing its support.

“We see Elise as the strongest candidate and feel she has the best opportunity to win this seat,” Mr. Patterson says at the conclusion of the Stefanik campaign’s news release.

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And, while we’re on county committee hosannahs for Ms. Stefanik, her campaign has provided Clinton County Republican Committees ever-lasting support.

According to a release from Stefanik’s campaign, Clinton County Republican Chairman Don Lee has joined the chorus of continuing support.

“Elise Stefanik came to the Clinton County Republican Committee endorsement meeting and proved to us she is absolutely the best candidate in this race,” the release quotes Mr. Lee as saying. “She knows North Country issues, she’s very intelligent, she’s hardworking and has demonstrated she has the energy and drive to be a forward-looking candidate.”

Mr. Lee goes on to cite “her ties to the community and small business experience” as the best to take the 21st CD seat over to the Republican side, “regardless of who else has entered the race recently.”

It is almost uncanny how much these Republican committee heads sound alike.

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Heading for day 20 with no word nor sighting of Democratic candidate Aaron Woolf. A Times staff member with connections to Elizabethtown thought she had a working number for the stealth candidate’s Elizabethtown property — but the number is no longer in service.

Democrats should be hoping that is not a metaphor for Mr. Woolf’s candidacy.

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The Onondaga County Republican Committee will host potential Republican gubernatorial candidate Donald J. Trump at the Doubletree by Hilton, Syracuse.

There is a price tag of $100 per person or $175 per couple. If you wish to get up close and personal with “The Donald,” with a photo opportunity, it will set you back $500 per couple.

Onondaga County’s GOP chairman appears to have jumped on Mr. Trump’s bandwagon early, since the entrepreneur and real estate magnate has not yet announced his candidacy.

“I am thrilled to announce that the Donald Trump has agreed to come to Syracuse and headline an event for Onondaga County Republican Committee,” ChairmanThomas V. Dadeysaid in a news release. “Donald Trump is an entrepreneur, business leader and television personality – the three qualities needed to beat Andrew Cuomo in November but more importantly they are needed to turn around New York State.”

If these are indeed the qualifications the Republicans are seeking, one of Mr. Trump’s likely GOP opponents, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, whose name has been linked to a Cuomo challenge for months and who could formally announce his candidacy next week, may also have all the right stuff. According to his official biography, “Before taking office as County Executive, Mr. Astorino had a successful career in the radio and television industry. ... . Mr. Astorino, a SAG-AFTRA union member, was first elected to public office at age 21, serving as a member of the Mount Pleasant Board of Education.” Mr. Astorino has also run radio stations and helped launch ESPN Radio in New York City.

Tickets for Onondaga County’sMarch 11 event can be purchased online at www.cnygop.com.

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