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National Republican Congressional Committee is spending money to target Democratic congressional candidate Mike Derrick, just three days after an NRCC spokesman claimed Derrick was not "a viable candidate."

NRCC announced Monday it is placing robo calls in the 21st Congressional District criticizing Derrick for not endorsing a Democratic presidential candidate, even as the MRCC's own congressional candidate has not directly endorsed a Republican presidential candidate.

Derrick has said he will support which ever candidate the party nominates.

Derrick has no direct role in to become a convention delegate and he is not a super delegate -- one who an automatic delegate because of elected office or party leadership position -- so he has no direct role in the presidential nomination process.

NRCC calls Derrick a "party insider," an apparent change in strategy from a year ago when the group criticized Derrick for being a newly-minted Democrat.

Derrick, a retired Army colonel from Peru, is running in the 21st Congressional District against U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, and Green Party candidate Matt Funiciello, a bread company owner and political activist from Hudson Falls.

Stefanik has said she will support the Republican nominee, but, to the best of my knowledge, has not specifically endorsed presumptive nominee Donald Trump.

Funiciello has endorsed Jill Stein, one of five candidates seeking the Green Party presidential nomination.

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