Cobb takes newspaper’s no lies pledge in 21st race

Tedra Cobb, candidate for the Democratic nomination for New York’s 21st Congressional District, discusses the campaign in January. (Photo provided — Watertown Daily Times)

GLENS FALLS — NY-21 Democratic congressional candidate Tedra Cobb has formally committed to The Post-Star’s no-lies pledge.

The newspaper’s editorial board published an editorial on July 1 asking Cobb and U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, not to lie when talking to the media or voters, airing television advertisements or when posting to their Facebook pages. The editorial concluded by saying the paper was waiting to hear from the candidates.

The editorial board is made up of Publisher Robert Forcey, Editor Ken Tingley, Comptroller/Operations Director Brian Corcoran, Projects Editor Will Doolittle and three citizen representatives. The board discusses current issues, and editorial commentaries are written taking a position on these matters.

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Stefanik has not formally responded, but Cobb on Thursday submitted a letter to the editor to the paper. She reiterated her support for the pledge in a phone interview on Friday.

“Past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior and I have run for a year against nine other people. I have been respectful of them,” Cobb said. “I’ve run my race with integrity and spoken about who I am, why I’m running and why people should vote for me.”

When asked about what she would do if political action committees came in and ran misleading or false ads, Cobb said her campaign did not have any control over that.

“That’s why we need campaign finance reform. We saw Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, which weren’t truthful at all,” she said, referring to the television advertising that criticized 2004 Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry’s military service.

Cobb, of Canton, said she plans to stick to the issues.

“I have proven myself to be honest and forthright and I will continue to be that way,” she said. “I will talk about the issues. Elise Stefanik has a record of votes that do harm this district. I will speak about those”

The Post-Star also has a new policy stating that it will not quote campaign spokespeople or other representatives. It will use only direct quotes spoken by the candidate or direct quotes from official statements made by the candidate in news releases.

Stefanik campaign spokesman Lenny Alcivar did not make the congresswoman available or provide a statement from her directly on Friday.


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