Letter: Stefanik’s Actions Expand the Swamp

You can trust that Tedra, unlike Elise, will seek to sidestep the D.C. swale and attend to matters of urgency in our beloved home district.


Stefanik perfects “Art of the Heel.”

I am disappointed, but not terribly surprised, that Elise Stefanik has gone negative, stooping to Trumpian campaign tactics. Her juvenile, alliterative put-downs of her opponent are all too similar to the childish and divisive tactics of our current president. We can all think of silly and hurtful words that rhyme with Elise or Stefanik, but I am confident that Tedra Cobb is far too thoughtful and wise to employ such swampy tactics.

Ms. Stefanik’s negative campaign is meant to obscure the truth and distract attention from failure, inaction and wrongdoing. Perhaps she has been influenced by our immature, bullying and self-promoting president. Or, she knows she has an insightful and formidable congressional opponent in true North Country resident Tedra Cobb and is ashamed to run on her own abysmal record.

Ms. Stefanik should spend more time worrying about health care for her constituents than inconsequential and highly politicized “I Love NY” signage on highways. She should consider the impact that she and her president have had on the environment, immigrants (like my grandparents or Melania Trump and her parents), women’s rights, racism and traditional international allies. Rather, she is touring Jefferson County with a real estate tycoon turned crooked politician.

Tedra Cobb will work tirelessly to protect our health care, our children, our farmers, our environment, our military, our veterans, our sovereignty and the rule of law while refusing to pander to billionaire magnates, bank executives and powerful lobbying groups.

Has anyone noticed that the “swamp” has gotten much swampier in the past 18 months? You can trust that Tedra, unlike Elise, will seek to sidestep the D.C. swale and attend to matters of urgency in our beloved home district.

Tedra is one of us.

Matthew D. Carney, Natural Bridge

From a Letter to the Editor originally published in the Post Star, dated August 14, 2018.

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