Letter: Stefanik Borrows From Trump’s Playbook

Elise Stefanik would like voters to believe that she does not support the dysfunction in Washington under Donald Trump. Yet her behavior on the campaign trail, thus far, is straight out of Donald Trump’s playbook.


Tedra Cobb is congratulated Tuesday night by Walt and Sara Davidson at the Best Western hotel in Canton. (Photo — Christopher Lenney, Watertown Daily Times)

 

After Tedra Cobb won the Democratic primary earlier this year, Elise Stefanik was quoted as saying she looked forward to “a spirited campaign based on the issues.” Only a short time later, Ms. Stefanik was out of the starting gate with an attack ad branding Ms. Cobb as Taxin’ Tedra. This spurious claim failed to mention the fact that tax increases during Ms. Cobb’s tenure on the St. Lawrence County Legislature were bipartisan in nature and reflective of deep dysfunction in Albany that forced the hand of local legislators on both sides of the aisle.

Only a few short weeks into the election cycle, Elise Stefanik has: 1) Changed her position with respect to running an issue-based campaign; 2) Distorted the facts; and 3) Resorted to childish name-calling. Elise Stefanik would like voters to believe that she does not support the dysfunction in Washington under Donald Trump. Yet her behavior on the campaign trail, thus far, is straight out of Donald Trump’s playbook.

Now we have an issue with a young man interning for Ms. Stefanik who has lied and misrepresented himself. Per an article in the Watertown Daily Times, Ms. Stefanik states she has “no issue” with this behavior. She goes on to excuse this behavior as a matter of course in politics. In other words, it’s OK because other people do it. Read that last line again: It’s OK because other people do it. Again, straight from the Trump playbook. When challenged on disingenuous or dishonest behavior, claim that “many others” have done it or approve of it.

Yes, Ms. Stefanik, words matter, and actions also speak louder than words.

Anita Merrill, Ogdensburg

From a Letter to the Editor originally published in the Watertown Daily Times, dated August 15, 2018.

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