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NY-21 Week in Review: Post endorses Stefanik

The New York Post has endorsed U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik in her bid for a third term.

The newspaper called Stefanik, R-Willsboro, a “rising star” and cited her work on the House Armed Services Committee.

“National Security Adviser John Bolton has hailed her work on counter-terrorism and counter-proliferation of [weapons of mass destruction]. She co-chairs the Tuesday Group of Republicans willing to work across the aisle. One of the brightest lights of the New York congressional delegation,” the newspaper said in a news release.

The Post also endorsed four other Republican incumbents, including John Faso in his bid against Democratic challenger Antonio Delgado in House district NY-19, as well as Republican challenger James O’Donnell to defeat Democratic U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney.

The lone Democrat endorsed by the Post is Nate McMurray, who is running against U.S. Rep. Chris Collins in the NY-27 House district. Collins is currently under indictment for securities fraud and insider trading.

‘Red to Blue’

Democrat Tedra Cobb’s name has been added to the list of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s featured candidates on its “Red to Blue” website.

Cobb touted the endorsement to a reporter following a health care panel discussion Friday.

“We have built the momentum,” she said.

However, Cobb said this new designation does not come with any funds from the national Democratic Party.

NY-21 still does not appear to be on the radar of state and federal political analysts as a race to watch.

This seat is not listed in the Cook Political Report as the “Nine Kinds of Races That Will Decide the Fate of the House.” It is still rated as a “Likely Republican” seat.

Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight.com website gives Stefanik an 8-in-9 chance of winning and Cobb a 1-in-9 chance of winning, according to the analysis. For the first time, Green Party candidate Lynn Kahn was included in the analysis, but given less than a 0.1 percent chance of winning.

Siena Research Institute has not done any polling for the NY-21 race. A poll of the NY-19 district shows the two major candidates virtually tied, with Republican John Faso at 44 percent, Democrat Antonio Delgado at 43 percent, other candidates at 6 percent and 7 percent undecided.

Warren County officials support Stefanik

Stefanik has received the endorsement of 37 Republican elected officials in Warren County.

Bolton Supervisor Ron Conover, chairman of the Warren County Board of Supervisors, said Stefanik knows how to work across the aisle to get results.

“She can bridge the partisan gap that has seemingly appeared in all levels of our government, and she will continue to do so,” he said in a news release.

Horicon Supervisor Matt Simpson said Stefanik goes to bat for her constituents to resolve issues.

Stefanik touted that she has been endorsed by 600 elected and appointed leaders from all 12 counties in NY-21, including nearly 40 Democrats and independents.

Cobb on the attack

Cobb last week released a new television commercial criticizing Stefanik for taking donations from corporate interests and voting to pollute the environment.

The 30-second spot states that Stefanik has received $1.4 million from the health care industry, oil, coal and gas interests and finance and securities companies, according to Federal Election Commission reports.

“Stefanik is bankrolled by big corporate special interests, and she votes their way, letting insurers charge obscene prices for pre-existing conditions and letting polluters dump toxic waste into our waterways and get away with it,” Cobb said in the ad.

The Cobb campaign also sent out press releases criticizing the Trump administration’s efforts to roll back the Clean Power Plan and the Clean Water rule, and Stefanik’s vote to rescind a rule that restricted coal companies from dumping waste into waterways.

Energy group backs Stefanik

Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions announced last week that it has launched a $64,000 mail and phone advertising campaign to highlight Stefanik’s climate leadership and clean energy record.

Strings attached

The New York State Democratic Committee has sent out a flyer criticizing Stefanik for receiving more than $100,000 in donations from pharmaceutical companies and lobbyists and voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which it says would have caused 64,400 northern New Yorkers to lose health insurance, cut funding for rural hospitals and deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions. The flyer shows a Photoshopped image of Stefanik with strings tied to her.

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