Stefanik wins No. 3 House post

Rep. Elise M. Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, addresses the crowd at her election night victory party last year in Glens Falls. Christopher Lenney/Watertown Daily Times

The following editorial appeared in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise on May 7:

SARANAC LAKE — It sure was nice to not to hear from Donald Trump for three months.

But now the bully is back, calling names, repeating lies and demanding loyalty. Sadly, Republican leaders are willing to bow to his whims and make their party a cult of personality again, sacrificing honesty and fair play on his altar.

The test of loyalty, still, is believing — or pretending to believe — Trump’s made-up story that he actually won last year’s election, not Joe Biden. Sycophants like our Northern New York congresswoman, Elise Stefanik, know it’s not true, but they pander to get in Trump’s good graces.

Stefanik and her staff won’t talk to news reporters in her district or answer their questions, but on [May 6] she appeared on the “War Room” podcast of Steve Bannon, the right wing adviser Trump ousted — but then pardoned on his way out of the White House. (Bannon had been charged with duping thousands of Trump supporters into donating money for a wall between the U.S. and Mexico; he allegedly took the money for himself.) On the podcast, Stefanik called Trump “the president,” signaling that she, too, believes he never lost.

“My vision is to run with support from the president and his coalition of voters,” she told Bannon.

She also told Bannon she supports an audit of Arizona’s vote count. These election challenges were aired months ago.

Dozens of courts (some with judges Trump appointed) threw them out for lack of evidence. Stefanik doesn’t have any new evidence here; it’s just more pandering.

Stefanik is party leaders’ choice to replace Rep. Liz Cheney as House Republican conference chair. The reason is that Cheney has called Trump out on the election lie and is trying to get the GOP to be honest.

She’s losing that fight. The party’s federal lawmakers are choosing Trump over truth. Trump has asked them to boot Cheney out of the No. 3 Republican House leadership post, and they’re doing so.

It’s sad how Stefanik is getting into leadership by following, and Cheney is losing leadership by trying to lead.

Our criticism is about methods, not policies. Republicans are actually hurting their chance to rein in the Democrats’ agenda.

Biden and the Democrats are pushing a huge growth of government, spending an incredible amount of money this country doesn’t have and leaving the bill for future generations. We have fundamental problems with taking on that much debt and with government being so lavish with aid.

We believe it’s better for people who can work for a living to do so and pay their own way as much as possible. Public funding needs to be more strategic and limited. Granted, we also have problems with many Republicans’ tendency to favor the rich, disdain immigrants, tolerate bigotry and sacrifice the environment.

But still, each party makes up about half of our nation’s voters, and we need both to have a say in setting the course and making decisions. Either party, on its own, is going to make costly mistakes. We need balance.

But when the Republicans become a cult of personality, they lose sight of their ideals and let Trump violate their values of fiscal and personal responsibility. They lose credibility and lose the respect of those outside their ranks.

This weakens their hand in governing. Instead of focusing on the game at hand, the GOP is trying to rewrite the history of last season.

Democrats are taking that opportunity to run the table. But by grabbing as much as they can, they are setting up some problems.

Stefanik likes to tout her bipartisanship and once was actually bipartisan. We can only hope she uses her new leadership role to lead and in a wiser direction. But first she will have to get right with reality.

© 2021 Adirondack Daily Enterprise

As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1


Recommended for you

(3) comments

She's back


Any time Elise Stefanik utters a speech you will be sure to hear the same old phrases. These are the "talking points" she has been trained to use. Her speech writers just randomly throw the phrases in there. No particular order just get the "manufacture outrage" words in there. They get those from Fox or NewsMax.

So Let's make a game out of it. Let's Make Bingo cards using all the phrases that Elise will use in her next speech. Feel free to cut and copy from the list below. And if at any time Stefanik uses the outdated phrase " Fake News" EVERY BODY wins.

The list:

radical / Socialist Democrat/ far left/green new deal/ AOC./ Far radical socialists Antifa Democrats.

illegal gun control laws / 2nd amendment/ unconstitutional gun control bills/ law and order/ illegal aliens/ "back the blue"/ Radical Gun control laws/ Support our.......(Fill in any arm of military or Law, except for the FBI).

Nancy Pelosi/ Radial Nancy Pelosi/ the Pelosi Agenda/the Socialist agenda of Pelosi and Schumer.

Biased Media/ liberal media/ biased mainstream media/ and....




Stefanik and her staff won’t talk to news reporters in her district or answer their questions, but on [May 6] she appeared on the “War Room” podcast of Steve Bannon

She’s a star now. She doesn’t have time for the little people.

I agree with wishing for a sane Republican Party as a counterweight to the Dems. I don’t see that happening anytime soon with just Cheney, Kinzinger and a small handful of others. Yesterday you had one of the Trump mouthpieces in the House saying the rioters just looked like tourists. McCarthy is out there saying that no one, absolutely no one, is saying the election was stolen or that Biden isn’t president. Does that seem like a ship that’s going to right itself soon?


She's a serial opportunist. She will always exploit circumstances to gain immediate advantage rather than being guided by consistent principles and plans. Whether she gets right with reality or not, she will always be wrong.

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.