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Woolf absent from report about Dems prospects in New York; Doheny repeats criticism of Stefanik over tax pledge

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Democrat Aaron G. Woolf, who is running for the 21st Congressional seat held by Rep. William L. Owens, D-Plattsburgh, was conspicuously absent from a Bloomberg News report about the party’s prospects for taking over the U.S. House of Representatives. Mr. Owens is not seeking reelection.

The article, based on an interview with Rep. Steve Israel, D-Long Island, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, reported that Rep. Israel saw the party’s performance in New York as a crucial inflection point for its fate in the rest of the country.

The article reported that Democrats were targeting Republican Congressmen Rep. Michael Grimm, R-Staten Island; Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning; and Rep. Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook; and defending seats held by Rep. Tim Bishop, D-Long Island; Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-Cold Spring; and Rep. Dan Maffei, D-Syracuse.

DCCC spokesman Marc Brumer was quick to confirm that Mr. Woolf had the party’s full support, pointing to a late April announcement that Mr. Woolf and Sean Eldridge, who is running for the 19th District seat, were both named to the DCCC’s “highly competitive” Red to Blue program, which “highlights top Democratic campaigns across the country, and offers them financial, communications, grassroots, and strategic support,” according to the DCCC’s website.

Republican candidates Matthew A. Doheny and Elise M. Stefanik were named to a similar program run by the National Republican Congressional Committee. The two candidates will face each other in a primary election on June 24.

Repeating his earlier criticism of Ms. Stefanik for not signing the Americans for Tax Reform “Taxpayer Protection Pledge,” Mr. Doheny tweeted a link to a statement from ATR founder Grover Norquist attacking Ms. Stefanik for not signing the pledge.

Ms. Stefanik wrote on her campaign’s Facebook page Monday that instead of signing a pledge from a “Washington DC based special interest group,” she was pledging directly to voters that she would not raise taxes.

She wrote that she was in favor of promoting a “flatter, fairer and lower tax rate.”

— DPF

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