Woolf Visits Watertown: Says He Isn't Ready to Talk Issues


Democratic candidate for Congress Aaron Woolf visited Watertown for the first time in his life Friday. It is part of a tour across the 21st Congressional district.

For the first time, Woolf spoke about how he ended up the Democratic candidate.

"I want to see us develop the kind of economies that will keep young people in the district. So yeah, I stepped up to the plate. I think this is something I believe in and something I really want to do," said Woolf.

When asked about some important issues that are sure to be talked about over the course of the campaign like Fort Drum and Alcoa, Woolf still wouldn't talk.

"I think I'd really like to keep policy stuff to when we official launch our campaign," said Woolf to a gaggle of reporters outside the Masonic Temple.

We put those same questions to Woolf's possible republican opponents in the general election. Only Joe Gilbert called us back. On Fort Drum, Gilbert said he thinks the existance base won't be in jeopardy.

"The preservation of American military strength will preserve Fort Drum," said Gilbert.

On Alcoa, Gilbert said he couldn't make a difference.

"If I was going to say to you that somehow my being a part of the federal government, if I go into congress I'm going to create jobs in Massena, that'd be a flat out lie. And anybody who tells you that is also lying," said Gilbert in a phone interview.

As for Woolf, he's still talking behind closed doors.

"To me, that's the first thing that you want to do with a campaign," said Woolf.

We were told by Woolf's campaign not to expect any policies until the official campaign launch. That's expected in the next few weeks.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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