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Buck up and face the voters, Aaron Woolf

March 6, 2014

The long, befuddling silence of Aaron Woolf is a setback for North Country Democrats, erasing some of their gains of the last five years....

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Mar-08-14 8:30 AM

It was a leader who acted according to belief instead of knowledge that got us into Iraq.

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Mar-07-14 6:04 PM

I'm not defending Wolff, like everyone else I don't know much about him. But rather than strong convictions, in other words beliefs, I'd rather have someone who gathers evidence before taking a stance on an issue.

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Mar-07-14 12:22 PM

If he's been "mostly listening" that means he's very calculated. When he does start talking, he will say only what people want to hear, not necessarily what he believes. Typical politician. The good people of The Park need a representative with strong convictions, and more than anything, someone who is not afraid to be honest about them. They don't need someone who will only say what people want to hear, and then once elected, do the opposite. He's a risky candidate.

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Mar-07-14 12:21 PM

I don't trust him. He is different and that is bad.

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Mar-06-14 8:06 PM

I went back and listened to the interview you're referring to. Maybe I did type rashly, although I'm not sure how much faith I put in his unsupported assertion that he's been busy talking to people. It's cool that he's met with county party committees and at least one chamber of commerce, but most people aren't members of any of these groups, and what they know about him is what they're going to learn via the media. "I'm not going to answer any questions or tell you anything about my views or background until I'm good and ready" doesn't cut it for me. You should've been ready, and eager, to tell your story and your vision to the voters BEFORE you got nominated, not more than a month after.

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Mar-06-14 7:34 PM

From David Sommerstein's NCPR interview -m "I just want to be clear that my relative invisibility in the press has not been inaction," Woolf says. "I have been on the road through our 16,000 square mile district. I’ve been talking to people. I’ve been talking to civic leaders. I’ve been talking to people from both political parties. But mostly, I’ve been listening."

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Mar-06-14 7:29 PM

It's not just that he hasn't talked to the press, Phahn. As far as anyone can tell, he hasn't talked to anyone other than a handful of party chairs. This guy, who wasn't even registered to vote in this district until a week before his nomination, wants to be voted its representative in nine months. And he's been the nominee for several weeks and hasn't made any apparent effort to travel the district or get to know its people. He wouldn't even answer a simple question in Watertown a few days ago about what issues he thinks are important. And he wants to be the guy speaking for our interests in Congress? His attitude so far seems unbelievably arrogant.

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Mar-06-14 6:40 PM

The editor sounds very disappointed in Mr Woolf so far. Perhaps the paper could interview one of the four Republicans who say they are running for the job, while Mr Woolf is getting organized. After all, Mr Woolf did not have much notice and some of the other candidates have been running for Congress for years.

In the meantime, waiting for that old pokey Mr Woolf, the editor could go to the airport and sit in a folding chair awaiting the arrival of those rich people who are flying in to look at ACR lots where they might build, if it suits them. Of course, if they build, then our children can clean their houses; mow and rake for them; and wait on tables where they eat! Or - the editor could organize a bike ride from Saranac Lake, to Tupper, to see how many people are actually willing and interested in such a ride on the existing, unused road. Or do we have to rip up the rails first?

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Mar-06-14 2:53 PM

Let me get this straight, a political candidate who hasn't taken early & frequent press opportunities?

Yes, I'd agree that's befuddling.

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Mar-06-14 2:09 PM

He just hasn't talked to you guys in the press yet. Thats not the same as "befuddling silence".

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Mar-06-14 10:39 AM

"Yeesh" is right, Peter. A candidate that won't speak about issues or answer questions? (At least we're not hearing falsehoods) Where did the Dems find this guy? Was he the only one willing to run? Plus Woolf AND Stefanik are not NOT from the district. What are we a land for carpetbaggers? I know we have home grown talent somewhere among our 400,000 + residents though it's likely that those qualified don't have the millions of bucks it takes to stage a race. This all brings us to Doheny. I don't know, but for some reason I just don't get a good vibe from him and don't seem to "like" him but I don't dislike him either. He does have North Country roots and lots and lots of moolah. Whoa is us.

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