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Selection of stealth candidate raises questions about process, style

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To The Editor:

Perry White, the Watertown Daily Times City Editor, said it correctly that the Congressional nomination of Mr. Aaron Woolf was privately selected by the regional party chairs of the U.S., N.Y. 21st Congressional election in New York.

Beyond this behind the door selection by the regional party organizations, Mr. Woolf has taken a “ground hog” approach to electionism to meet with local parties and community party members. The issue regarding Mr. Woolf’s nomination is that it was undertaken behind closed doors with no opportunity for others to participate. Three potential nominees withdrew from the Democratic Party nomination without the opportunity to participate in the Congressional election.

Two issues stand before us: One is the method of selection and the manner which the selected nominee has only recently come forward to meet with regional organizations and a small group of party members at presentations. We don’t know his political philosophy and his view on public policy. What is his background in the field of politics?

The issue is the manner of selection and the very low key approach in electioneering.

Are you satisfied with this nomination?

Sincerely,

Robert Wells,

former mayor of

Canton and Emeritus

Munsil Professor of

Government at St.

Lawrence University

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