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March 20, 2014

Candidate drops out of congressional race

PLATTSBURGH — A potential candidate for Congress has dropped out of the race.

Jamie Waller of Lake Pleasant in Hamilton County said Monday that he is exiting the race for the 21st Congressional District.

“After much soul-searching, I have concluded that the time is not right for me to run for this seat. I will, however, continue to find ways to continue my service and commitment to my community, the Adirondacks and the North Country,” Waller said in a news release.

WILL BACK DOHENY

Waller, 28, is a former U.S. Marine who was seeking to run in a Republican Party primary in June.

Elise Stefanik of Willsboro was endorsed by Republican Party chairs of the 12 counties in the district.

Matt Doheny, who ran as a Republican and lost close races to incumbent Democrat Bill Owens in 2010 and 2012, will also run in the primary.

Owens decided not to run for re-election this year.

Waller said he would be backing Doheny.

“Matt has the strongest work ethic, the proven experience and the record to be a great representative for all of us,” he said.

“As a true fellow resident of the North Country, I know Matt shares my values and understands the truly dynamic needs of all communities within the 21st.”

CRITICAL OF STEFANIK

Waller, who worked on the 2012 presidential campaign of Rick Santorum, also cited disappointment with Stefanik and her campaign.

“As I encountered her face to face, Elise has shown to be a thoughtful woman of great intellect, yet fails to be truthful. That she has gone to the airwaves and outright lied about being the only conservative in the race is the reason I believe she has acted in a way that is unbecoming of a representative of the 21st Congressional District of New York or any other district for that matter,” Waller’s statement said.

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