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Stefanik victory

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik speaks to her supporters Nov. 6 at The Queensbury Hotel in Glens Falls following victory in the 21st Congressional District race. Now, she and other Republicans are taking a hard look at the future of the party. 

The head of the House Republican Campaign Committee criticized U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik for her comments about using her position to back female candidates in primaries.

Stefanik recruited more than 100 women as the first female head of recruitment at the NRCC. However, only one of those candidates prevailed and many of them did not get through the primary, according to an article in Roll Call.

Stefanik was quoted by Roll Call as saying she is stepping back from the NRCC in order to “play big in primaries.”

The incoming NRCC chairman, Minnesota U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer, said that traditionally the national Republicans do not take sides in a primary.

“If that’s what Elise wants to do, then that’s her call, her right. “But I think that’s a mistake,’” Emmer said, in an interview with Roll Call.

The article pointed out that there are only 13 women among the House GOP contingent, which is down from 23 in the current Congress.

The New York Times also had a story featuring private comments Stefanik made at a post-mortem election meeting, first reported by The Washington Post, saying that the party needed to do more to recruit women candidates and reform its image. She said there has been “close to no introspection in the GOP conference and really no coming to grips with the shifting demographics that get to why we lost those seats.”

The article quotes other lawmakers saying that President Donald Trump has turned off women; particular suburban women and that played a part in the GOP defeat, in addition to the hard-lien stances on immigration and health care.

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Michael Goot covers politics, business, the city of Glens Falls and the town and village of Lake George. Reach him at 518-742-3320 or mgoot@poststar.com and follow his blog at http://poststar.com/blogs/michael_goot/.

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