Letter: Stefanik Mocks Her Constituents

Maybe in Manda and Stefanik’s privileged world, like in the darkest corners of the Internet, “trolling” can be mistaken for hard work. But from where I’m sitting, in one of the poorest regions of New York state, it looks a lot like contempt. And contempt isn’t in the job description of a public servant.


Image from Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Letter to the Editor ‘Stefanik Mocks Her Constituents’, July 18, 2018.

While the president of the United States was winking at Vladmir Putin in Helsinki, mocking the United States in front of the world, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik was mocking her own constituents on social media. On Instagram, her husband Matthew Manda posted a side-by-side image: one a Where’s Waldo-inspired poster constituents have used to protest Stefanik’s lack of accessibility (or a transparent public schedule) during district work weeks, the other a photograph of Stefanik herself at a Fourth of July parade wearing Waldo’s characteristic red and white T-shirt. Manda’s caption reads: “The reasons I love my wife are countless, but her infinity-level troll ability just got added to the list. Hard-worker beyond anyone I’ve ever seen.”

Maybe in Manda and Stefanik’s privileged world, like in the darkest corners of the Internet, “trolling” can be mistaken for hard work. But from where I’m sitting, in one of the poorest regions of New York state, it looks a lot like contempt. And contempt isn’t in the job description of a public servant.

As much as Stefanik would like to paint herself as an “independent-minded bipartisan” who serves her entire constituency, she and President Trump play by the same rules: dirty politics and disdain for the average American struggling to get by.

New York’s 21st District deserves better. We deserve a leader who will govern with integrity and respect, not with contempt. I can’t wait to vote for Tedra Cobb in November.

Sara Schaff, Canton

From a Letter to the Editor originally published in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, dated July 18, 2018.

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