PLATTSBURGH — Aaron Woolf, Democratic candidate for the 21st Congressional District seat, is getting support from the outgoing incumbent, but potential opponents are not impressed.
"I am surprised (Congressman) Bill Owens even knows who Aaron Woolf is," said Dave Catalfamo, spokesman for Republican candidate Matt Doheny.
Woolf's campaign team has been touting his association with the incumbent congressman from Plattsburgh for the past few weeks, issuing news releases highlighting their visits to businesses in the 12-county district.
The latest stops on what they have dubbed their "Jobs and Small Business Tour," were Monday at a dairy farm in Schuylerville; a garden farm in Salem; a tavern and a smoothie parlor, both in Glens Falls; and Hudson Headwaters Health Network in Queensbury.
Woolf, who turned 50 on Wednesday, said the tour with Owens has enlightened him.
"Our tour showed all the opportunities and challenges that our business community faces," he said in a news release.
Woolf said he learned of needs for more and better broadband Internet and cellular telephone service in rural areas and to promote equal pay for women in the workplace.
"As the father of a nearly 3-year-old girl, I was truly inspired by Hometown Smoothies. It was a reminder of how important it is to support women and men equally in the workplace," he said.
"We should do more to close the wage gap between men and woman and crack down on discrimination in the workplace."
Woolf is a filmmaker from New York City who moved into a family home in Elizabethtown in Essex County to run for Congress.
He will face the winner of the June 24 Republican primary in the November election and Green Party candidate Matt Funicello.
In the primary, Doheny is facing off against Elise Stefanik.