Aaron Woolf, a Democrat candidate for Congress in New York’s 21st district, has had businesses that tout healthy eating cited for 83 Health Department violations in under four years.  Some of the violations were serious in nature, and included rats, mice, and roaches in the stores.

Via the Daily News:

Aaron Woolf, a downstate Democrat running for Congress in the Adirondacks upstate, touts on his campaign website his hip Brooklyn business — Urban Rustic, a “local craft food store” in Williamsburg.

But the wholesome and organic branding of Urban Rustic and The Lodge, a nearby food outlet that Woolf owns, has not stopped the businesses from receiving 83 Health Department violations in 3 1/2 years, including several for evidence of rats and mice on the premises, and one for roach sightings, records show.

Woolf is the Democratic nominee in the 21st Congressional district, which stretches from Albany to the Canadian border, a seat now held by Democrat Bill Owens, who is retiring.

Urban Rustic had the bulk of the violations, 50 health code violations with 8 involving mice in the food areas.  Those areas also saw evidence of what the inspectors reported as “filth flies.”

The website for Urban Rustic states that they “take pride” in the meals they serve, focusing on a “healthy diet and a healthy community.”

Woolf is running against Republican Elise Stefanik, a small businesswoman and former aide to the Bush administration.  Real Clear Politics currently rates the race in NY-21 as a ‘toss up.’

If Woolf can’t keep roaches out of his own healthy eating stores, what kind of leadership would he bring to Washington?

Perhaps he can issue a press release to let the constituents in the 21st district know.