Aubertine Says He Could Win - If He Decides To Run

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Former state Sen. Darrel Aubertine says he's confident he could win if he chose to enter the race for the 21st Congressional District now held by fellow Democrat Bill Owens.

While Aubertine says he could do the job, he also says he's not sure he wants to.

Aubertine, would be the eighth candidate in the field if he decided to run. He would be the second Democrat and force a primary against Aaron Woolf, who the district's Democratic committee chairs chose last week to run.

Aubertine says he has a number of factors to weigh before throwing his hat in the ring, such as if he would be able to secure funding and if he would want to spend time away from his family.

"Can I do the job? Yes," Aubertine said. "I believe fully I can do the job, in fact I have. I can bring the same zeal to this job."

And a big factor in deciding if he runs or not will be funding a race Jefferson County Democratic Chair Ron Cole says could cost $2 million to $3 million.

"A lot of the races are decided by the amount of money you have personally and how much you can raise," said Cole.

Cole was tight lipped on what he thought about Aubertine considering a run, but said that Aaron Woolf was the right decision by committee chairs.

"Aaron was articulate. He knew the issues. He knew the issues for the district. He knew the issues for our county, which kind of surprised me, " said Cole.

Woolf has not spoken to the media since he was selected over a week ago. Repeated calls to his campaign have not been answered.

Aubertine said he doesn't think Woolf's silent campaign is strange. He said there's plenty of time until November.

After his defeat for reelection in 2010 against Patty Ritchie, Aubertine was commissioner of the state's Department of Agriculture and Markets.

He is now a special assistant for external affairs for state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

Saturday, September 20, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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