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Fight for the House: Aaron Woolf

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As Michael Scotto reports in part six of his series, "Fight for the House," Aaron Woolf's residency issues might be the least of his worries.

Aaron Woolf is still getting used to being a politician.

Prior to getting involved in politics, he worked as a documentary filmmaker producing public policy-driven films and as the co-owner of two Brooklyn food stores.

In his new role, as the Democrat running to replace Congressman Bill Owens, Woolf is trying to use his journalistic curiosity to prove that good filmmakers can also make good politicians.

"My films were always distinguished not by being rebel-rousey or polemical or preachy but for bringing all sides to the table," said Woolf.

But as Time Warner Cable News spent a day with Woolf, it's clear he's sometimes better at asking questions than answering them. When asked for instance, whether he supports the Keystone Oil Pipeline, Woolf responded:

"You're asking all the questions," said Woolf.

His campaign later says he does in fact support the proposed project. Questions about his residency have also tripped Woolf up.

"While I've come and gone, this is the place I've always come back to," said Woolf.

Woolf, like his chief opponent, Republican Elise Stefanik, only recently moved full-time to the district. He lives in his family's Adirondacks vacation home.

Until February, Woolf was registered to vote at this address on the Upper East Side of New York City. According to the Board of Elections, he voted here in November for the 2013 Mayor's race.

When asked if he still had an apartment in the city, Woolf's reply was:

"My presence in this district goes back to 1968," said Woolf.

The city's Department of Finance says Woolf's wife still owns the apartment.

Woolf's campaign, meanwhile, won't say if Woolf voted for Bill de Blasio.

It makes political sense not to answer that question. Mayor De Blasio has become a liberal boogeyman, and Woolf is trying to run as a moderate. Yet that type of campaign could cost Woolf Liberal votes to Green Party candidate Matt Funiciello.

It's a balancing act as Woolf learns what it takes to run for office.

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