March 24, 2018 Editorial, Press More: ,

Cobb is best candidate to take on Stefanik

Letter to the Editor
March 24, 2018
Watertown Daily Times

In the recent presidential election, Donald Trump lost by 3 million votes. Yet he won the presidency in the archaic Electoral College. Likewise, the Republicans control Congress due to the influence of big money, including the NRA, as well as voter suppression and gerrymandering.

There is widespread public dissatisfaction with Congress and the president. Democrats are energized to regain control of Congress in the upcoming midterm elections. In New York’s 21st Congressional District, they aim to defeat incumbent Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik. She has mostly supported the president and his abetting congressional Republicans.

Stefanik voted to repeal Obamacare, which would have deprived millions of people of health care. She voted against the tax bill only because it limited deductibility of state and local taxes, but she had no problem with the huge permanent tax cuts to the wealthy and only measly temporary crumbs to ordinary folks while ballooning the already large national debt. Falsely claiming that Social Security is heading for bankruptcy, she presented herself as a savior of Social Security by privatizing it for the younger generations — in reality, undermining it.

She voted to weaken financial regulations, enabling Wall Street to continue its deceitful activities, possibly causing more bank failures and another recession. She participated with Rep. Devin Nunes, Trump’s lackey, to release their misleading memo, in attempt to discredit Robert Mueller’s investigation.

Among all the worthy Democratic candidates competing for nomination in the coming primary election in the 21st Congressional District, Tedra Cobb stands out as having the best chance of defeating Stefanik. She is dynamic and bright. She has legislative experience. Her interesting resume and biography speak for themselves. Meeting her in person, one is struck by her charisma. She would do her utmost to represent the interests of all he constituents. She may even win over some Republicans.

Herbert Strauss, Wilton

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