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Editor:

I’m writing in reply to the recent coverage of the moveon.org protests that took place outside Congresswoman Elise Stefanik’s office in Glens Falls. I’m familiar with this George Soros (the billionaire) backed group having gone through the same thing when I ran the Glens Falls office for Congressman Chris Gibson.

Based on her votes, Congressional Quarterly ranked Congresswoman Stefanik among the most independent bipartisan members of Congress ranking her 21st most independent out of 435. Isn’t this what most of us want? Someone who is willing to work with members of the other party to get things done? Instead of the same old partisan gridlock? When Chris Gibson was in office he too was ranked one of the most independent bipartisan members, but moveon.org doesn’t care about that. They only care these fine representatives are Republicans and goes after them.

So what is the issue here with Ms. Stefanik? It isn’t a vote. Moveon.org is trying to say she is not accessible to constituents. There could not be anything further from the truth. Look at the facts.  

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Elise Stefanik is one of the most accessible and visible members of Congress in office. She attended more than 500 events across this huge district, meeting with thousands of constituents from all aspects of society. She hosted tele-town halls with tens of thousands of constituents to get their feedback. Her office has done outstanding constituent work for veterans, seniors, farmers and many other members of her district. She posts all her votes on Facebook. She puts her official schedule online. She makes it known who she is meeting with and what she is working on. People have the opportunity to email her office.

We don’t need this George Soros backed group here in the North Country stirring the pot. It’s time moveon.org moves on.

Mark Westcott, Queensbury

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