Aaron Woolf, one of the Democratic hopefuls in the race for New Yorks 21st Congressional District seat, appeared Wednesday before a Glens Falls group aligned with Democracy for America, a national organization founded by former Vermont governor, presidential hopeful and exuberant campaigner Howard Dean.
Mr. Woolf spoke about Medical marijuana, the gridlock in Washington, the New York SAFE Act, energy policy and bipartisanship to a group gathered at the Crandall Library, according to the Glens Falls Post Star.
Mr. Woolf also took a question on the minimum wage from Green Party candidate Matt Funiciello, telling him he was agreed with the presidents plan to raise the wage incrementally, the Post Star reported.
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While candidates are staking out their positions on the political spectrum, there are also some allegiances forming in the artistic realm.
We already know that Aaron Woolf co-wrote two songs for the popular jam band Phish, and while his contributions seem to be more a matter of circumstance (he went to school with some of the band members), its probably safe to assume he is a fan.
On the other hand, Republican candidate Matthew A. Doheny seems to have quite an affinity for legendary country music artist George Strait.
On Mr. Dohenys Facebook page are several links to George Strait music videos and performances, including Troubadour, Check Yes or No and Amarillo by Morning along with a post encouraging visitors to vote for George Strait as Entertainer of the Year at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards.
Maybe Mr. Doheny would like this story and its prominent mention of the King of Country?
Shortly after an email was sent to Mr. Dohenys campaign inquiring about his taste in music, a new post appeared announcing that Mr. Doheny was an Avett Brothers fan and asking for visitors to reply with one of their favorite songs.
Democracy in action.
David M. Catalfamo, communications director for Mr. Doheny, confirmed that his boss is a fan.
Matt is a huge country fan and George Strait fan, Mr. Catalfamo said in an email.
There has been no indication yet from the other candidates in the race about what their musical persuasions may be.
Music has played a small but not insignificant role in political campaigns, as this Daily Beast post ably demonstrates and, of course, the recent Chris Christie Bridgegate scandal came with its own musical saga, courtesy of the Boss Bruce Springsteen and Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon.
It would seem that music, as a highly emotional and highly personal form of communication, is often used by political campaigns to crystallize difficult and dry intellectual arguments into a more immediate feeling about a candidate.
And theres also the identification bias, which holds that fans of a certain artist may also become fans of a candidate who aligns themselves with that artist.
Of course, it is possible to read too much into these kind of things.
What role music will play in the race for the 21st Congressional District, if any, remains to be seen.