GOP congresswoman’s impeachment hearing stunt fueled a $1 million fundraising haul for her Democratic opponent
For those watching any of last week’s congressional impeachment hearings a few Republicans stood out, but one in particular tried to make a name for herself – and did, though not perhaps the way she had hoped. U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik (photo), a Republican representing a large portion of upstate New York north of Albany, had a few tricks up her sleeve. It turns out her stunts didn’t impress her opponent’s supporters.
Tedra Cobb, a Democrat and former county legislator who is running to unseat Stefanik in just three days took in $1 million as a result of Rep. Stefanik’s antics, stunts, and false claims.
Here’s CNN’s National Security and Legal Analyst Susan Hennessey explaining Cobb’s announcement:
Stefanik's opponent raised $1 million dollars and gained 200k+ Twitter followers in three days (and that's not even… https://t.co/kiYZkHHCFX— Susan Hennessey (@Susan Hennessey)1574043418.0
Hennessey is referring to a photo (below) of Stefanik with far right conspiracy theorist and anti-immigration “nationalist” Laura Loomer.
Loomer, who is running for Congress now, has been banned by most major social media platforms, reportedly for hate speech. She is a former James O’Keefe employee, and has been accused of “stoking racism” and having “ties with other far-right, anti-Muslim, and white nationalist activists.”
That didn’t stop Stefanik from posing for this photo with Loomer:
Decline is a choice. https://t.co/K3WYQRJhM8— Jim Swift (@Jim Swift)1574028335.0
Congresswoman Stefanik last week had tried to disrupt the impeachment hearings that featured three solid witnesses who delivered sworn testimony disastrous for President Trump and the GOP.
Stefanik accused House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff of breaking House rules when he stopped her from speaking – even though he was merely enforcing the long-established rules, rules that Republicans instituted years earlier.
Here she is falsely claiming Chairman Schiff was refusing to let her speak, “simply because we are Republicans.”
Once again, Adam Schiff flat out REFUSES to let duly elected Members of Congress ask questions to the witness, simp… https://t.co/aek0dT2Yoa— Elise Stefanik (@Elise Stefanik)1573839635.0
She didn’t stop there. Over the past few days she’s posted tweets with false claims like, “Since I’ve exposed Adam Schiff, radical liberals & never-Trumpers are launching disgusting attacks against me in an attempt to silence me.”
Stefanik’s tweets are angry and accusatory, like this where she’s clearly aligning herself with President Trump.
As you can see on Twitter, there is a rot in the Socialist Democratic Party. Adam Schiff and his radical liberal al… https://t.co/kXnJjTla9S— Elise Stefanik (@Elise Stefanik)1573999103.0
By contract, Cobb is posting tweets like this:
The tenor of our politics too often divides us. I won’t take the bait. I don’t do name calling. I’m old enough to… https://t.co/JCdSeRagJZ— Tedra Cobb for Congress (@Tedra Cobb for Congress)1574086000.0
A question many of you have asked: What is Tedra doing to celebrate raising nearly $1 million? The answer: she cl… https://t.co/VhJGbTFrPl— Tedra Cobb for Congress (@Tedra Cobb for Congress)1574023486.0