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Matthew A. Doheny, who has been campaigning for the Republican nomination in the 21st Congressional District, has not exactly papered the walls with news releases. But today, after one of his appointees let the cat out of the bag for the Glens Falls Post Star, the campaign announced a number of additions to the management team.

Newly added to the campaign are Lynn Krogh, campaign manager; Andy Trombley, field director; and David Catalfamo, communications director.

“They join with the campaign’s National Chairman, Former Congressman Bill Paxson to provide Doheny for Congress with a uniquely deep and talented team,” the release says.

Ms. Krogh, the release says, worked for Gov. George Pataki’s re-election team and has worked on several state Republican campaigns, including a stint as “a key member of the team that engineered Ed Day’s surprise win as Rockland County Executive.”

Mr. Trombley is a graduate of St. Lawrence University and a former chairman of the Warren County Independence Party Committee. He worked on the Doheny campaign in 2012.

Mr. Catalfamo was a senior vice president of the Empire State Development Corp., where he worked on the “I Love New York” advertising campaign. He was communications director for Gov. Pataki, and is now managing director of Park Strategies.

“The campaign is already moving into high gear and we are gaining momentum,” the release quotes Mr. Doheny as saying. “We are building a grassroots team in literally every county throughout the district and will have more announcements in the coming days.”

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After 21st district Republican candidate got done talking to staff at the Times on Thursday, she stopped in at the Adirondack Daily Enterprise for another interview. Refreshingly, she got different questions so she could expand on her positions.

One part of the interview that clanked, however, was her discussion of foreign policy. She told the Enterprise, “Stefanik said she would be hesitant to commit soldiers in foreign interventions.”

“I think we do not need to be spending our taxpayer dollars and sacrificing our lives in overseas battles,” she said.

Certainly not a controversial position; a lot of NNY voters are probably sick of the nation’s decade in Afghanistan. But then, in what might be considered a deeply contradictory position when she criticized President Barack Obama’s foreign policy.

“One of the greatest failures of this administration is this president’s foreign policy,” she said. “His philosophy has been leading from behind. We are seeing that right now as (Russian president Vladimir) Putin overreaches into the Ukraine that’s all as a result of Obama’s failure to exert American influence and human values across the globe.”

It is very, very difficult to “exert American influence” without military backup — as her former boss, President George W. Bush, learned when he committed the nation to a two-front war to advance American influence halfway around the globe.

In an email to the Times, Ms. Stefanik said she did not believe she contradicted herself.

Here’s what she had to say:

Since you were not privy to the conversation with the reporter from the Adirondack Daily Enterprise who was asking the questions, it is unfair for you to state that there were inconsistent answers. The author of the original post to which you are referring certainly didn’t argue that my answers were inconsistent. The military intervention statement was in direct response to a particular question regarding Syria.

My critique of the Obama Administration of course still stands and is not inconsistent, there were many steps President Obama could have taken short of military intervention to exert influence in foreign policy. And I stand by my belief that one of this Administration’s greatest failings is its leading from behind foreign policy.

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