Campaign 2010

Jan 17, 2014

Republicans Are Stuck With Elise Stefanik and All Her Baggage

Republicans are struggling to find a candidate with a real chance of winning in New York’s 21st district, and now they are stuck with Tea Party Congressman Paul Ryan’s protégé Elise Stefanik, and all her baggage. National Republicans searched for a stronger candidate but today, Warren County District Attorney Kate Hogan turned them down.

Hogan confirmed that although the National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee reached out to her, she’s not interested in running for Congress. Now national Republicans are stuck with Washington political operative Elise Stefanik, who engineered the national party’s extreme right wing platform that North Country voters already rejected in 2012.

“No one in their right mind wants to run under the toxic banner of this reckless Republican Congress,” said Marc Brumer of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Washington Republicans bent over backwards to find a better candidate but failed, and now they are stuck with Elise Stefanik and all her baggage. If Elise Stefanik thinks that she can convince hardworking North Country families that she understands their priorities by touting all the support she has from Paul Ryan and Tea Party top brass – then she’s even more out of touch than we thought.” 

BACKGROUND:

Hogan: “I am Not Running.” “Warren County District Attorney Kate Hogan, who had been considering the race, announced Friday she will not run. ‘I gave it careful consideration, but I really love my job and I love my family even more, and my most important responsibilities are right here,’ she said. ‘So I am not running.’” [Post Star, 1/17/14]

NRCC Reached Out to Hogan to Discuss Her Entering the Race. “The National Republican Congressional Committee reached out to Warren County District Attorney Kate Hogan on Tuesday to discuss her possibly entering the race, according to a source familiar with the call. Hogan, who has been in office since 2002, confirmed to Capital that she'd been contacted.” [Capital New York, 1/15/14] 

Tea Party Leader Hoffman Endorsed Stefanik. “Doug Hoffman, the mild-mannered accountant who helped ignite the national tea party movement, ended speculation today that he might seek the Republican nomination for the North Country congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh. Hoffman, of Saranac Lake, instead endorsed Elise Stefanik, 29, a former aide to President George W. Bush and Rep. Paul Ryan.” [Post-Standard, 1/17/14]

  • Headline: Tea party favorite Doug Hoffman endorses Elise Stefanik in North Country race for Congress [Post-Standard, 1/17/14]

Ryan Said His “Friend” Elise Stefanik Had His “Full Support.” “My friend @EliseStefanik represents a new generation of leaders who will bring fresh ideas to Washington. She has my full support.” [Paul Ryan Twitter, 1/14/14]

Stefanik Served as Policy Director of Republican National Convention Platform Committee in 2012. In July 2012, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Preibus announced Elise Stefanik as the Policy Director of the 2012 Republican National Convention’s Platform Committee. [PR Newswire, 7/02/12]

  • 2012 Republican Platform Included Call to Turn Medicare Into a Voucher Program. In August 2009, the New York Times reported that the 2012 Republican platform included a “call to reshape Medicare to give fixed amounts of money to future beneficiaries so they can buy their own coverage.” [New York Times8/29/12]