We often hear the phrase: All politics is local. Not so for Elise Stefanik. She has no local roots. Born and raised in the Capital District, she attended college in Massachusetts and then moved to Washington, D.C. She has never lived in the 21st District and pays no property taxes here. We who do live here and pay those taxes are investing in our infrastructure — for our children, our businesses, our seniors. We serve our communities in a variety of ways and we get to know our neighbors. But not Elise, who shows up for photo ops and staged visits. Who holds only telephone town halls or tightly orchestrated meetings with small groups. Who will only participate in debates with no live audience. She wasn’t always this way. I remember the days when she was more accessible. But those days are long gone. Perhaps it’s simply too difficult to defend her votes, which often ignore the needs of those who live here and cater to the big donors from outside the district — her votes on health care and the environment are prime examples of this.
Tedra Cobb, on the other hand, is extremely accessible. She knows the district and she knows us. She cares about the North Country and its residents because for 30 years she has been part of our community. She has served in the district as a county legislator, firefighter, health care advocate and business consultant. Her openness and accessibility will not change once she’s in office.
Yes, all politics is local. I hope you’ll join me on Nov. 6 in voting for Tedra Cobb as the candidate who is local, who lives, works and pays taxes here, who understands us and who will never forget that she works for us and not for moneyed outside interests.
Ginger Kuenzel, Hague