I’m writing in support of U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik. Elise has proven to be a great proponent for first-responders and veterans, of which I am both.

As far as support for the military, she continues the proud tradition of the 21st Congressional District’s prior representatives: John McHugh former congressman and secretary of the U.S. Army, and Bill Owens, former congressman and U.S. Air Force veteran.

Politics is a tough business, and we’re starting to see some of those dirty attacks that have come with each election season. One attack I just can’t seem to understand is Tedra Cobb’s assertion that Rep. Stefanik does not support our troops or our veterans. It just absolutely baffles me.

Elise has been there for our veterans since day one and has fought for pay raises for our troops at Fort Drum, the largest they’d seen in a decade. She delivered over $4 million of VA benefits to North Country veterans. Elise’s respect for our troops and our flag has never wavered. I’d like to ask Ms. Cobb if she has ever taken a knee during our National Anthem. I am a firm believer that actions speak louder than words. Congresswoman Stefanik’s words and her actions have proven to me that she is worthy of another term in Congress.

Gen. Frank McKenzie, commander of the U.S. Central Command in Afghanistan, stated last month there is no credible evidence to Tedra’s claim. Will she see the facts and pull her attack ad?

Clark Currier


The writer is chairman of the Clinton County Republican Committee.

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Pat Luppens

Elise Stefanik supports her masters in the GOP. The GOP supports its corporate masters. The corporate masters work to destroy the federal government. Remember the quote from the 2016 campaign: "Tear it all down" the man said. And he has worked strenuously to do just that. Remember Ronald Reagan? "Government doesn't solve problems. Government IS the problem." Well we have problems and our government unfunded and weak has not been much help. So do vote for this little party puppet and Trump too. Soon you will discover that life, in the words of Thomas Hobbes, will be "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short". The only reason the GOP supports the military is that it will be needed to crush any uprising that develops as the population becomes more desparate.


Now Trump is saying the SEAL team didn’t actually kill bin Laden. He was spirited off to Iran. Obama and Biden had the SEAL team killed for some reason. He didn’t actually say it, of course. He retweeted it giving him deniability. This is some QAnon nonsense.

If she wins maybe the 2 Q reps that are going to be elected can convert her. Don’t you see, Democrats are all Satanic, cannibalistic pedophiles. They drink the blood to stay young. Yes, that’s what a large percentage of today’s Republican Party believes.


Elise not only supports veterans, she supports Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines in the Battlestar. This is at least as important as supporting vets and Cobb has no position on it.

hermit thrush

*soldiers with russian bounties on their heads excepted.




I, too, would like the answer to the "taking a knee" question. Do you think the press would ask it? Maybe a WDT reporter will, lol.


There are police officers themselves “taking the knee” in solidarity. That bit of politicizing patriotism seems to have gotten long in the tooth.

hermit thrush

taking a knee has nothing to do with support for troops or veterans and it is gross to suggest that it does, as though our country is reducible to our military. in fact the idea for taking a knee during the national anthem was proposed by a former green beret.


You take a knee before our flag, you lose all respect from me and much of America. Its as simple as that. Come up with another symbol to destroy. Maybe you could attack the Boy Scouts (sorry, I mean Scouts BSA) or Christianity or the family. Oh wait, those attacks are well underway.


You take a knee before our flag, you lose all respect from me and much of America.

Yes, protest in such a way that no one will notice. Do it quietly over in the corner and we can just go on with business as usual, i.e. Blacks being killed by police for their race. Does that offend you as much as kneeling in front of a flag?

hermit thrush

utterly wild that anyone would take a respectful act like kneeling as "destroying" anything. what an unhinged perspective on the world. so much intolerance and authoritarianism.

for a dose of sanity, here is andrew freborg's now-famous poem:

I stand to honor the promise the flag represents.
You kneel because that promise has been broken.
I stand to affirm my belief that all are created equal, and to fight alongside you for that promise.
You kneel because too few stand with you.
I stand because we can be better.
You kneel to remind us to be better.
I stand to honor all that have fought and died so that we may be free.
You kneel because not all of us are.
I stand because I can.
You kneel for those who can’t.
I stand to defend your right to kneel.
You kneel to defend my right to stand.
I stand because I love this country.
You kneel because you love it too.


Yes, very impressive that a Republican Rep is supported by the chairman of the Clinton County Republican Committee. Not exactly lions laying down with lambs.


Stefanik supports Donald Trump über alles. Not veterans, northern NYers or both.


Your point is...? Oh, yes, I've heard the same thing repeated before. You left out "Dear Leader". This may indicate a lack of focus.


The point is that I want a representative who represents me and CD 21 and not the leader of their party. Is that clear enough for you?

We’ve got problems that need to be addressed. Trump has washed his hands of Covid as cases and hospitalizations skyrocket. Stefanik will not be part of the solution but rather part of the problem if Biden is elected. She has shown she’s more concerned with playing politics than with the welfare of Americans by turning a blind eye despite serving on House Intelligence.

Dear Leader fits when people are willing to disregard science and common sense in order to follow the urgings of one man. Koolaid comes up frequently too and rightly so. People are willing to potentially risk suicide by coronavirus in order to please Trump by not wearing a mask or distancing or taking necessary steps to defeat the virus. But in Trumpworld he defeated it because he’s such a manly man. In reality, he had a team of doctors, the best of medical care and therapeutics not available to the average person. His Followers are looking at his recovery and saying see there’s nothing to fear. There are almost 220,000 Americans who might disagree if they could.


KR, do you call Cuomo Dear Leader or do you march in lockstep with his poor leadership? He did mange to kill alot of elderly with his insane March 26th edict.


KR, were you behind Elise in 2018? By your logic you should have been because after all, there was a Republican in the White House and a Dem would not have been part of the solution.


KR, do you call Cuomo Dear Leader or do you march in lockstep with his poor leadership?

I don’t call him Dear Leader because he’s not asking me to take steps that will endanger me and people around me in order to prove my loyalty to him like Trump is. I’d say the people that gathered for the Sturges motorcycle rally were probably about 100% Trump supporters and followed his lead 100% on Covid protocols. That’s a good part of the reason the disease is spreading as it is in the midwest. NY wouldn’t have allowed that to take place here. The governor of SD being a Trump lackey did.

If Cuomo made mistakes it should be investigated. Right now NY is going in a much better direction than the majority of states. Maybe you should try showing a little appreciation. Trump doesn’t care if you live or die from coronavirus. He cares about being re-elected. He’s out spreading every lie he can. Is the vaccine still coming before Election Day? Is the virus going away any day now?

Stefanik is a Trump sycophant. Cobb would not be a sycophant for Biden. Democrats are not authoritarian followers. Republicans are. That’s why they’re willing to commit suicide by Covid in order to please His Excellency Trump.

Germany took the proper steps to prevent a resurgence of rightwing hate after WWII. We need to address rightwing hate in this country. Trump isn’t the person to do that since he’s willing to fuel it for his own purposes.


I love the Germanic stuff, Herr Robbins!

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