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Stefanik vs. Cobb in NY's 21st Congressional District

October 25, 2018 06:33 PM

NORTH COUNTRY - Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R - Willsboro), the youngest woman ever elected to the United States Congress, wants to win her third term. Business entrepreneur Tedra Cobb (D - Canton) is vying for her first.

"I am running against Elise Stefanik and I'm running against her record," Cobb declared. "Her record to take away our health care, and her record against the environment."

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"My job is to be the best member of Congress I can be," Stefanik stated. "And I work with the president on issues where I agree and when I disagree, like on tariffs, I'll say so."

President Donald Trump has endorsed Stefanik, the same president who blames the media for the nation's vitriolic divide.

"I don't share those views," Stefanik reiterated. "I think the media tends to cover the controversies, but I don't share those particular views and I don't blame the media."

"I think people expect compassionate leadership," Cobb countered. "I think they expect their president to listen and to lead and unfortunately this president has not done that."

While touring Curtis Lumber in Ballston Spa on Thursday, Stefanik accepted an endorsement from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. She also touted her own record.

"Since I've taken office, unemployment has gone down in each of the 12 counties I represent," she said, "and wages are up."

Cobb wasn't impressed.

"I'm hearing that people are hurting, and I've lived here for 30 years," Cobb said, "We expect better. We expect good representation and we deserve it."

NewsChannel 13 asked Stefanik if she's seen evidence of a blue wave.

"It has not reached into the 21st District," she responded.

Cobb, on the other hand, was boasting 2,000 campaign volunteers.

"She must be missing all those Tedra Cobb signs," Cobb quipped.

According to campaign finance reports, Stefanik had out-raised Cobb 2-to-1 by the end of September. ($2.5 M to $1.2 M)

New York's 21st Congressional District went for Donald Trump in the 2016 election, giving him 54 percent of the vote. Before that, they voted for Barack Obama twice.

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Dan Levy

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