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Congressional veteran joins Bellavia campaign staff

   For weeks, Republicans advising congressional hopeful David Bellavia have urged him to start assembling a staff of professionals.

   On Wednesday he did did just that, bringing on Paul Cole as campaign manager.

   Cole has extensive experience in managing congressional campaigns and is no stranger to the new 27th District now represented by Democrat Kathleen C. Hochul. He was district director for former Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds; director of economic development for former Rep. Christopher J. Lee, and assistant finance director for former Rep. Bill Paxon.

   Bellavia has also been receiving advice on a volunteer basis from Michael R. Caputo, chief spokesman for GOP gubernatorial candidate Carl P. Paladino in 2010. Kathryn DeLong has also joined the campaign as spokeswoman.

   Speaking of Cole, Bellavia said, “Paul’s record of success in Western New York campaigns, federal government, policy, and management make him a great addition to our team. I am honored to have him as our campaign manager."

   Bellavia will face former County Executive Chris Collins on June 26 for the right to challenge Hochul in November.

--Robert J. McCarthy
  

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