Cobb says Stefanik is ‘part of the problem’ in ‘dysfunctional’ Washington

Updated: Nov. 21, 2019 at 5:29 PM EST
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WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - The impeachment hearings in Washington have thrust north country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik in the spotlight. And now her Democratic opponent, Tedra Cobb, is making her rounds in the district.

We're still about a year away from the election, but the race for the 21st Congressional District is off to an early start. Cobb wasted no time criticizing her opponent.

Surrounded by a dozen supporters at the Masonic Temple in Watertown, Cobb touted her 30 years of living and working in the district.

"New York 21 isn't just some area on the map for me, it's my home," said Cobb.

Cobb also talked about the issues, committing to never cut a dime from Social Security and Medicare and saying she will support efforts to reduce climate change. But she also used much of her time criticizing her opponent.

"Right now Washington is dysfunctional and Elise Stefanik is part of the problem," said Cobb.

The race for the congressional seat has heated up quickly as Stefanik has been in the spotlight during impeachment hearings in Washington. That also fueled Cobb's campaign. Over the weekend, more than $1 million flowed to Cobb. The candidate says the donations came in from all over the country, with an average contribution of less than $25.

But an ad released by Stefanik’s campaign Thursday claims the money is coming from liberal Hollywood elites donating “all the way from their multi-million dollar mansions.”

The ad says in part: "Taxin' Tedra - the Toast of Tinseltown is back, and more out of touch with the north country than ever."

Cobb responded Thursday by saying, "I eagerly would have a conversation with Elise Stefanik about the money that we both have in our campaign coffers. She has taken money from Amgen that has preyed on our seniors. She has taken money from Johnson and Johnson, from McKesson Health, from companies that have fueled the opioid crisis and in return she has voted to take health care away from 64,000 of her own constituents."

In a statement, a Stefanik spokesperson said Cobb had the chance Thursday to say she'd return "Hollywood campaign contributions," but refused.

Usually it’s local media at events like the one held by Cobb, but national cable channel MSNBC covered Tedra Cobb, which could be an indicator of just how big a race this will be as we head into 2020.

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