October 9, 2018 , ,

Elise Stefanik Isn’t Who She Says She Is: Vote To Cut Medicaid Would Have Severe Impact On New York’s 21st District

Stefanik Sided with Political Donors Instead of Defending New York Families Across New York’s 21st Congressional District, Americans rely on Medicaid to receive healthcare coverage. As a founder of a health care non-profit, Tedra Cobb worked to increase access to healthcare for North Country people. As a county legislator, Cobb fought to ensure that Medicaid programs were fully funded so that hospitals and clinics were able to provide healthcare services to residents. Medicaid is a vital program that millions in New York rely on to receive health care and in Congress, Cobb will be committed to protecting this important safety net. The Medicaid expansion provided for in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) resulted in greater access and affordable coverage for …

October 8, 2018 , ,

Elise Stefanik Isn’t Who She Says She Is: Health Care Vote Would Have Punished People with Pre-Existing Conditions

“Stefanik Sided with Political Donors Instead of Defending New York Jobs” The Affordable Care Act (ACA) prohibits insurance companies from refusing coverage to people or charging people more money just because they may have “pre-existing conditions,” or health challenges they had before the effective date of their insurance coverage, whether or not any medical advice, diagnosis, care, or treatment was recommended or received before that date. Some of these conditions include asthma, diabetes, cancer and even pregnancy. This has been Federal law since January 1, 2014. The insurance companies fought back and on May 4th of last year, Congress voted to repeal this protection for people by a razor-thin margin of 217 to 213. Elise Stefanik voted with the insurance …

October 5, 2018 , ,

Stefanik seat no longer viewed as “Safe Republican;” National political experts change district rating following Cobb’s historic fundraising haul

The Cook Political Report, a widely respected non-partisan election newsletter recently moved the NY-21 race more towards Tedra Cobb’s favor. Previously viewed as “Solid Republican”, multiple factors, including Cobb’s historic fundraising haul and the fact that Stefanik is taking the challenge seriously, led analysts to reassess their earlier projections. Earlier this week Tedra Cobb announced that she raised $715,000 in the third quarter, setting a record for this district. “Unlike Rep. Stefanik, I refused corporate campaign contributions and showed that voters in this district are looking for a representative that is beholden to them, not corporate special interests” said Tedra Cobb. “People are angered that Stefanik voted to deny insurance to people with pre-existing conditions, sided with coal companies over …

October 4, 2018 , ,

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tedra Cobb Joins more than 100 Candidates Call for Sweeping Reform Bill as First Item on the Agenda

Today, Congressional Candidate Tedra Cobb and a coalition of more than 100 House challengers are calling on the House of Representatives to support a campaign finance reform bill as a prime agenda for the 116th Congress in 2019. In the letter issued to the House of Representatives, the 107 candidates write: Restoring faith in our elections and in the integrity of our elected officials should be a top priority that all members of Congress can agree upon. Without these reforms we will be unable to truly regain the public’s trust or tackle the challenges of our day, like the costs of healthcare and prescription drugs, the opioid epidemic, or building an economy that is strong for working families. Key elements …

October 3, 2018 , ,

Cobb Campaign Back On Air; Challenges DC Insider Stefanik: “Hands off the North Country”

CANTON –– Today, Tedra Cobb, local small business owner, former St. Lawrence County Legislator and Democratic candidate for New York’s 21st Congressional District released her first ad of the general election, “North Country.” Click Here to watch: North Country “We are excited to be going back up on television and on digital platforms across the district,” Cobb said. We know that when the voters of Northern NY hear our positive message, it resonates. They are tired of being represented by a DC insider who doesn’t understand our values or reflect our priorities. Unlike Rep. Stefanik, I am not taking a dime from corporate donors or lobbyists so they won’t own my vote in Washington. The people of New York’s 21st …

October 2, 2018 , ,

Cobb Campaign Resourced to Win: Q3 Fundraising Tops Previous Quarters with $715,000 Raised; Shows Momentum Headed into Final Month

CANTON –– Today, Tedra Cobb, local small business owner, former St. Lawrence County Legislator and Democratic candidate for New York’s 21st Congressional District released her current campaign numbers. 0% of Tedra’s funding is from insurance companies 0% of Tedra’s funding is from pharmaceutical companies 0% of Tedra’s funding is from corporate PACs or DC lobbyists 65% of supporters live in the district 87% of supporters live in New York State Tedra has raised over $1,169,000 for this campaign Over $715,000 in the third quarter Over 1600 individuals have volunteered throughout the district Tedra Cobb held more than 90 public appearances The campaign picked up more than 6783 likes and followers on social media “Rep. Stefanik isn’t who she said she …

September 26, 2018 , ,

Cobb Statement on Real Issues

CANTON—Recently, Rep. Elise Stefanik released another longshot attack ad that was debunked in less than a day. As we enter the final month of the midterm campaign season, it is time to discuss the real issues that affect Northern New York. No longer can voters afford to waste their time reading petty attacks, false comparisons and twisted narratives. The people of this district deserve better. Rep. Stefanik and her campaign can call Tedra Cobb what they want. Bullying is a tactic used by children on a playground or online trolls, and thankfully, our society has begun to weed out this immoral behavior. After all, it is Rep. Stefanik who turned her back on our families and voted to hurt us, …

September 26, 2018 , ,

Tedra Cobb’s Statement on Endorsement from Former Congressman Bill Owens

CANTON — Today former Congressman Bill Owens (D-NY) announced his endorsement of Tedra Cobb, candidate for Congress in New York’s 21st Congressional District. “I am pleased to endorse Tedra Cobb,” said Owens. “Tedra has lived and worked in Northern New York for over thirty years and has dedicated herself to bettering our communities. As a St. Lawrence County Legislator, she earned the respect of her constituents and those with whom she served by being an independent advocate and working to make local government more accountable. As an experienced leader who understands the issues facing our communities and who has a proven record of working across the aisle to get things done, I am confident that Tedra will serve our district …

August 20, 2018 , ,

Cobb Campaign Updates Voters on the CD21 Unites Ballot Line

The Cobb campaign is awaiting the NYS Board of Elections’ final decision regarding our effort to secure an independent line, CD 21 Unites, on the November ballot. The campaign had over 100 new volunteers who carried petitions and collected more than 3,700 signatures in just three weeks. Regardless of the Board’s decision, we are deeply grateful and proud of our volunteers’ efforts to mobilize and reach new voters who are now engaged in this election and are part of the democratic process. It is clear that the voters of Northern NY are eager for true representation.

Tedra Cobb Discusses the Future of Health Care in Watertown During Trump’s Visit

“It affects people’s lives in northern New York, it’s not theoretical issues just to be discussed in Washington, we need to discuss them here,” she said. “The reality is, repealing the Affordable Care Act will cut off services to people who need health care.”

Letter: Comparing Two Candidacies for Congress

I must confess that I was somewhat amused by Howard Hirsch’s letter to the editor on June 25 criticizing the Watertown Daily Times for providing “free advertising” to Tedra Cobb, specifically letters from Tedra’s supporters, while not printing “even one letter in support of Elise Stefanik.” First of all, the Watertown Daily Times saw fit to print Mr. Hirsch’s letter, so his claim is incorrect. Beyond that, it is patently ridiculous to compare Tedra Cobb’s grass-roots campaign, limited budget and growing base of loyal supporters to Rep. Stefanik’s Washington-insider based campaign, funded with millions of dollars from special interest groups and dark money sources. Tedra Cobb is a wonderful, passionate and energetic candidate who cares deeply about the residents of …

Letter: Research Will Lead Voters to Support Cobb

Congratulations to Tedra Cobb on winning the New York District 21 Democratic primary with an overwhelming majority on June 26. We now need to continue that momentum and work together to get Tedra Cobb’s ethical and intelligent voice to Washington! She will help set a new tone and work hard for the residents of our district in New York state. When Elise Stefanik recently called Ms. Cobb “the out-of-touch, liberal, hyper-partisan, tax-and-spend candidate” (Watertown Daily Times, Friday, June 29), she apparently did not do her research. During Ms. Cobb’s time as a member of the St. Lawrence County Legislature from 2002 to 2010, all budgets passed with broad support from both Democrats and Republicans, and the tax rate in St. Lawrence County …

Letter: Stefanik Campaign Misleads on Tedra Cobb

One of the things that was notable about the Democratic primary was that candidates were, in general, highly respectful of one another. The tone has now changed. The incumbent Elise Stefanik has entered the ring, and her campaign showed zero hesitation, launching misleading attack ads in less than 12 hours. First, Stefanik made a Facebook post claiming that this was a divisive primary, despite that Tedra Cobb had 56 percent of the vote. That’s a landslide in a field of five. She also claimed that Tedra was “out of touch,” which is contradictory in light of the army of volunteers Tedra has amassed and the fact that she has lived in Canton for most of her adult life. Stefanik’s claims …

Letter: Stefanik Gets Facts Wrong on Cobb’s Record

Voters want the facts, not “gotcha” name-calling and “hyper-political” rhetoric. Elise Stefanik is labeling Tedra Cobb a “tax and spend liberal.” Stefanik claimed that Cobb voted to increase taxes more than 20 times as a St. Lawrence County legislator. By checking the source, https://www.stlawco.org/Departments/BoardofLegislators/BoardMeetingMinuteArchives, you find the Stefanik campaign repeatedly misread or purposely misled. Its statements are mostly flat-out wrong. At taxntedra.com, a deceptive chart shows progressively increased tax levies. This reflects economic growth and inflation but not an increase in the tax rate. Stefanik seemingly confused tax levy, tax rate and assessed valuation. From 2007 to 2011, the tax levy increased by 21.15 percent; the assessed valuation increased by 24.56 percent; and the tax rate decreased by 2.72 percent, from …

Letter: Stefanik Not Telling Truth About Cobb

  Today (Aug. 7) in a Facebook post, Elise Stefanik made several claims about her opponent that are clear distortions of fact. Never mind that Ms. Stefanik is now resorting to infantile name-calling; she’s also making claims about her opponent that are blatantly untrue. Ms. Stefanik said that, “As a St. Lawrence County Legislator, Taxin’ Tedra Cobb voted 20 times to increase your taxes all while bankrupting the county.” Fact: The bills in question, as Tedra Cobb has reiterated time and again, were bipartisan bills, the focus of which was local control — something Republicans usually like. And bankrupting the county? What on earth? I just got off the phone with the St. Lawrence County treasurer’s office which confirmed that …

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