Regarding her objection to the certification of the 2020 election, Elise Stefanik said “Article II and the 12th Amendment of the Constitution make clear that I have an obligation to act on this matter if I believe there are serious questions with respect to the presidential election.” That is utter nonsense.

The function of Congress under Article II and the 12th Amendment is purely ministerial. Elise Stefanik’s role as a member of the House of Representatives is simply to witness the count by the president of the Senate of the electors for president that have been duly certified and submitted by each state.

The language of the Constitution that she cites is clear: “The president of the Senate shall, in the presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the certificates and the votes shall then be counted. The person having the greatest number of votes for president shall be the president.”

To quote Elise Stefanik’s mentor in Congress, former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., “It is difficult to conceive of a more anti-democratic and anti-conservative act than a federal intervention to overturn the results of state-certified elections and disenfranchise millions of Americans.” But that federal intervention is exactly what Elise Stefanik has shamefully said she would support.

As a candidate, Donald Trump and his supporters have exercised their right to challenge the vote in numerous states. And they have lost those challenges over and over again — 60 times in total. If there are “tens of millions” of Americans who continue to believe the election is in doubt, it is because of the drumbeat of baseless accusations and lies, repeated for weeks by the president and disciples like Stefanik who tried to overturn the constitutional basis of our democracy. She is an embarrassment to the north country and its history of honorable Republican representation in Congress. Surely, John McHugh and his predecessors must bow their heads in dismay to see what Trump and Stefanik are doing to their party and its reputation.

Mark A. Scarlett

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(10) comments

Baxter

Stefanik you need to resign.

KRobbins

I can’t believe people are upset just because Trump Supporter Elise Stefanik is trying to make Trump president for life. And hey, I know what you’re saying. It’s only another 4 years. But he’s said he deserves more because of the Mueller investigation. So, if you think he’d willingly leave then or that Republicans would force him to ... bridge for sale. So, it’s pretty safe to say Trump Supporter Elise Stefanik is in favor of President For Life Trump.

rdsouth

Given the lay of the land a Democrat is just not going to win in this district. Some authentically moderate Republican needs to pose her a serious primary challenge.

KRobbins

Some authentically moderate Republican needs to pose her a serious primary challenge.

Amen brother!

KRobbins

Or the Republican Party could continue down the road of being populated by ever more insane conspiracy theorists that make the Birchers look moderate. I’m sure it’s a tough decision.

zeitgeist

rdsouth, that was the thinking in Georgia until yesterday.

minder

[thumbup]

Empathy

Don't forget that your neighbors in droves voted for her and the Watertown Daily Times endorsed her.

Harrywz

one word TRAITOR

remove the cancerous, lying, self serving, disgrace

too stupid to represent "we the people"

KRobbins

Yes, but she’s shocked. Shocked, I tell you by what happened at the capital yesterday. Who could’ve foreseen that lying to a bunch of overarmed, underbrained cult followers about their divine leader’s election loss would have bad consequences?

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