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Woolf tours NNY, Doheny offers him some “tips”; Burke in fight to stay on the ballot in NY21

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Democratic Congressional candidate Aaron G. Woolf toured St. Lawrence and Franklin Counties with Rep. William L. Owens, D-Plattsburgh, Thursday, visiting Ductman Mechanicals in Norfolk, Potsdam Agway, Northern Music and Video and Sergi’s Italian Restaurant in Potsdam and Alice Hyde Medical Center in Malone.

Mr. Woolf was formally endorsed by Rep. Owens during the trip.

“We need a Congressman who is independent-minded who cares about jobs and can work with both sides of the aisle. Aaron Woolf is exactly the kind of person for the job, and I support his candidacy to succeed me in Congress,” Rep. Owens said in an emailed statement.

“It was exciting to see the breadth and diversity of our economy in the North Country today,” Mr. Woolf said in a news release.“The stories I heard during our tour were the kinds of stories I hear throughout the district. Residents want government to help our businesses grow, not hinder their success. They want to add more jobs, and they are looking for partners in government who will listen to their concerns and give them a voice in Congress. We need to work together to find responsible solutions that grow our middle class and create more jobs, and I want to be that voice for the citizens of the North Country.”

Matthew A. Doheny, one of Mr. Woolf’s Republican candidates, had some fun at his opponent’s expense.

Mr. Woolf registered to vote in Essex County on Feb. 7, according to the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.

Paiting Mr. Woolf as a clueless outsider from New York City, Mr. Doheny’s campaign released a list of “10 Things Every Political Tourist Should Know About the North Country”:

1. “The Black Flys” are not a cool new band from Brooklyn, they aren’t black and they do bite.

2. The Adirondack Park is a bit bigger than Central Park but with a lot more land use restrictions.

3. Venison, aka “deer meat”, is not exotic game.

4. The Blue Line – isn’t real.

5. You can climb a mountain without getting out of your car.

6. SNIRT is not a designer party drug.

7. The “Rooftop Highway” really doesn’t go over roofs.

8. Unlike the Bronx Zoo, we don’t suggest you feed the bears.

9. Bring your own campfire wood, the locals charge 50 cents a quarter split log.

10. In the North Country, more than just Upper East Side liberals watch PBS.

Mr. Doheny is facing Republican opponent Elise M. Stefanik in a June primary.

While Mr. Woolf was touring the north country and enjoying the support of Rep. Owens, Stephen W. Burke, the other Democrat in the race, was battling members of his own party to stay on the ballot.

Jason Clark, a St. Lawrence County Democrat, has challenged Mr. Burke’s petitions and the state Supreme Court has ordered Mr. Burke to show cause as to why his petitions should not be thrown out.

Mr. Burke secured 1,311 signatures from Democrats in the district. The minimum number of signatures required is 1,250.

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