Rep. Elise Stefanik talks truth and taxes at Enterprise office

From an article on the Adirondack Daily Enterprise website published 10/9.
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SARANAC LAKE — U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik says her campaign ads about Democratic opponent Tedra Cobb are accurate, and that people are spreading false information about her own record in Congress.

Speaking with the Enterprise editorial board Friday, the Republican incumbent spoke on her controversial advertisements, congressional career and catchy slogans.

Hours after Cobb won the Democratic primary in June in New York’s 21st Congressional District, the Stefanik campaign coined the moniker “Taxin’ Tedra.” This was followed by two television ads, “Clear Choice” and “Clone,” and a radio ad, “Meanwhile,” which carry the claim that Cobb voted to raise taxes 20 times in her eight years as a St. Lawrence County legislator, “Taxing everything from candy to water to gas.”

Articles and opinion essays in many North Country news sources have set out to debunk this claim, saying most of those 20 counts were misinterpreted, exaggerated or inaccurate.

The Post-Star newspaper wrote that seven of these votes could be chalked up as actual tax increases but pointed out that four were the legislature adopting its bipartisan annual county budget, two were increasing county fees for garbage tipping and recording documents with the county clerk, and one was an expansion of the county’s occupancy tax.

Several of the other 14 claims were procedural votes that were precursors to sales and mortgage tax increases which occurred after Cobb left office, if at all. Cobb voted for the permission to possibly raise the taxes but never voted to implement the actual increases.

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