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Warren County GOP opens door to Doheny supporters; Stefanik names campaign staff

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There is something of a crack today in the solidarity of the Republican hierarchy for the candidacy of Elise M. Stefanik in the 21st Congressional District.

Warren County’s GOP committee will soon consider a change to its bylaws that would remove the loyalty clause for committee members, the Glens Falls Post Star reports this morning.

The paper said Chairman Michael Grasso acknowledged the Doheny candidacy was a catalyst for the proposal.

It was prompted probably by Doheny, but it was something that was brought to our attention earlier,” he told the Post Star.

The change would allow committee members to circulate petitions and campaign for any party member in any race that crosses county lines. Under existing rules, members are required to support only the committee’s endorsed candidate. Warren County endorsed Ms. Stefanik in January, before Rep. William L. Owens, D-Plattsburgh, announced he would not seek re-election.

Read the full Post Star story here: http://wdt.me/2rYALN

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Mr. Doheny contacted the Times this morning to point out he has been endorsed by the full Conservative Party county committees in Warren, Washington and Saratoga counties. Ms. Stefanik has been endorsed by the committee chairmen in Franklin and Essex counties, but Franklin County’s full county committee will meet Saturday to endorse a candidate.

Mr. Doheny is seeking that full committee’s endorsement.

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Ms. Stefanik today announced her campaign manager, Matt Masterson, Troy.

Deputy campaign manager and director of operations is Anthony Pileggi, Herkimer.

According to the news release, Mr. Masterson has served as political director of the Republican State Committee, has run campaigns “within the 21st District” and has 16 years experience in state and national campaigns.

“Matt brings an impressive resume of political experience. He knows Upstate New York well having worked on many local races, and understands the issues that matter most to us. He will be a great addition as our campaign continues gaining support and momentum,” Ms. Stefanik said in the release.

Mr. Pileggi has worked in public service in both campaign and official capacities. He was the grass-roots director for Rep. Richard Hanna’s successful 2012 re-election campaign and most recently ran daily operations for Rep. Hanna’s Binghamton district office.

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Not that it will mean a lot in the 21st district, but a poll reported today by Politico says that Americans are disgruntled by their government, and almost 70 percent say they won’t support the incumbent. Only 22 percent indicated they were satisfied by their representative.

The level of support by party is evenly split — 46 percent favoring the likely Democratic candidate, 45 percent saying they will vote Republican.

You can read the story here: http://wdt.me/WvG7Fb

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