GOP Lawmaker Loses Support From Her Base After Defending Trump During Impeachment Hearings: Report
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) is now facing backlash from her own voters after she decided to defend Donald Trump these past few weeks during the impeachment hearings.
According to Politico, some of her voters appear turned off by her new stance of Defending Trump.
“While Stefanik once able to strike a delicate balance between her Republican identity and her positions on issues like climate change, some think those earlier convictions are gone, like Phillip Paige, a former Stefanik backer and a member of SUNY Potsdam’s College Republicans,” wrote Politico’s Anna Gronewald. “A native of the 21st district’s Madrid, New York, Paige said he started to lose faith in Stefanik when she began supporting Trump as the party’s nominee in 2016. Paige supported John Kasich’s candidacy in that election. ‘A lot of her boots-on-the-ground young Republican crowd has really become quite disillusioned,’ he said. ‘We saw her as what we thought the future of the Republican Party was and that really has been disproven. Unless, maybe the future of the Republican party is Donald Trump.’”
Tedra Cobb, a former corrections counselor and nonprofit worker, is challenging Stefanik for her seat in next years elections.
Cobb had run for the seat back in 2018 and lost. But now, according to reports, Cobb is getting much more attention after Trump’s impeachment hearings, raising $1 million in the week following Stefanik’s outbursts in the hearings.