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Congressional Candidate Won’t Speak To Media – I’m A Press Release Kind Of Guy

After recently issuing a “no comment” when asked to name any issues that are important to him, Congressional candidate Aaron Woolf explained why he has refused to talk to the media since announcing his campaign several weeks ago.

I’m more of a “press release kind of guy.”

Via the Adirondack Daily Enterprise:

Aaron Woolf, the Democratic candidate for New York’s 21st Congressional District, has remained out of the public eye for three weeks since his endorsement by his party’s county chairs.

The Enterprise was the first newspaper to attempt an interview with Woolf on Feb 12, during the endorsement process at the Adirondack Hotel in Long Lake. Woolf read a short, prepared speech but did not answer questions, only saying that he was from Elizabethtown and that he was more of a “press release kind of guy.”

Woolf is the lone Democrat running for the seat being vacated by fellow Democrat Bill Owens in NY’s 21st District.  The Republicans will likely have a primary come down to either Elise Stefanik or Matt Doheny.

NRCC spokesman Ian Prior released the following statement regarding Woolf’s press release nature:

Aaron Woolf may be used to producing movies and songs for Phish, but running for Congress isn’t about avoiding the issues by producing generic press releases and calling it a day. It’s time for Woolf to stop waiting for his handlers to tell him what to say and to start being honest and transparent about where he stands on the issues in this race.

Woolf is a documentary filmmaker best known for a political film called “King Corn,” but he also co-wrote the songs Wilson and Golgi Apparatus with Phish front man Trey Anastasio.

The Watertown Daily Times all but handed the race to whichever Republican comes out on top during the primary, saying “by then, the Democratic candidate will be so far behind in fundraising, campaigning and learning about the district that he can never hope to catch up.”

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker,, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

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