This week, Aaron Woolf (D), who is running for Congress in New York's 21st Congressional District received the endorsement of popular progressive U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko (D), who represents the neighboring 20th Congressional District. Tonko's endorsement may carry some weight in portions of the 21st District which lie adjacent to Tonko's district, such as the suburbs and exurbs around Saratoga Springs, which contain a substantial percentage of the population of the rural, sparsely populated district, as well as parts of Fulton County which were formerly represented by Tonko prior to the 2012 reapportionment.
In a press release and recent public statements, Tonko praised Woolf's commitment to small business and developing consensus, bipartisan solutions.
From WAMC Northeast Public Radio, May 5, 2014:
"(Woolf) has a very earnest interest in how we can develop the policy that best promotes the growth of small business, which is the economic recovery engine of our area," said Tonko.From the Watertown Daily Times, May 6, 2014:
Tonko adds Woolf is a "policy-driven" candidate: co-incidentally, Woolf co-wrote two songs made popular by the band Phish
"WATERTOWN — Aaron G. Woolf, a Democrat running for New York’s 21st Congressional District, was endorsed Monday by Rep. Paul D. Tonko, D-Amsterdam, during a tour of businesses in Johnstown and Gloversville in Fulton County."
"“In a very short time, Aaron Woolf has shown he has the dedication and commitment to log the miles and ensure New Yorkers in Fulton County and the rest of the district are well represented in Congress,” Rep. Tonko said in a news release. “At a time when Washington is so divided, we need more people like Aaron who will work with both parties to find solutions to the challenges we face instead of using those problems to drive us further apart.”"