Speakers at Watertown event reflect, look ahead

Former Democratic Congressional candidate Tedra Cobb. Sydney Schaefer/Watertown Daily Times

After a whirlwind weekend of donations flowing into Tedra Cobb’s Congressional campaign, the Democratic challenger to U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik’s New York 21st Congressional district seat raised $1 million in three days, according to her campaign.

Stefanik has also seen a lot of publicity and support, but has not yet shared her fundraising dollar amounts.

As Stefanik gained national attention for her involvement in the House Intelligence Committee’s impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump’s involvement with Ukraine, both candidates capitalized on the attention, fundraising hundreds of thousands of dollars from donors around the nation.

Cobb received an early boost from Adam Parkhomenko, a Democratic Party grassroots organizer who was Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign Director of Grassroots Engagement in 2015 and the National Field Director for the Democratic National Committee in 2016.

As the hearing was closing Friday afternoon Parkhomenko tweeted, “How many retweets would we need to get Elise Stefanik’s Dem primary challenger @TedraCobb from 6,200 followers to 100,000 followers in a single day? ELISE IS A DISGRACE. Spread the word.”

Democrats, saying on social media they were looking to vent their frustrations over what they saw in the hearing, began campaigning to supporting Cobb in her 2020 election effort. Political accounts, celebrities and other viewers began making posts saying that they donated.

Every few hours her campaign tweeted that it had hit a new $100,000 landmark, reaching $1 million by 8:25 p.m. Sunday.

“It is impossible to express the feeling of gratitude I have tonight. Thank you #TeamTedra,” she wrote in a tweet. “Together we started something big but it’s not over yet.”

Cobb’s campaign did not yet respond to requests for comment on how the money would be spent or what it means for the future of her campaign. On Sunday she posted a video on Twitter snowblowing her driveway with a solar-powered snowblower, saying she was celebrating the donations by clearing out the snow.

“I am overwhelmed by the amount of energy behind this campaign,” Cobb wrote in an email. “This incredible grassroots support will ensure we have the resources to make sure voters know the difference between me and Elise Stefanik.”

Stefanik, responding to the social media flood, also made several posts linking to her donations page.

“My opponent is raising money from the Hollywood liberals calling me #TrashyStefanik,” she wrote on Twitter. “I’m just focusing on the TRUTH & FACTs in impeachment hearings. They can’t handle the truth! DONATE NOW to help us fight back to the Far-Left’s unhinged Hollywood machine!”

As of Sept. 30 Cobb’s campaign had raised $656,661.11 and Stefanik had raised $1,330,918.47, according to Federal Election Commission data. Cobb gathered a total of $1,547,983.57 total in the 2018 election

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(3) comments

Holmes

She could raise $10 million dollars and she'd still lose by double digits again. What 'Taxin' Tedra doesn't get in donations she'll get in your taxes. No thank you. Besides what she states in public is not what her real intentions are, caught on tape regarding gun control that she couldn't say in public because she'd lose the election. Which she lost anyways by 14 points...

mjdmsw

Let us hope that "intelligent' people in the North Country will choose someone who is from the North Country rather than the carpetbagger/Trump apologist. 90 percent of all Americans are in favor of background checks on gun purchases. weapons of war should be illegal. It is a no brainer.

ERaymond

My family is strongly behind Tedra's campaign. The North Country needs her thoughtful approach to difficult issues in our country today. Tedra knows that there is no easy answer to these problems and she knows that a representative needs to consider all sides before coming to a conclusion. That is what she has said about our current impeachment inquiry, in contrast to Ms Stefanik who called for transparency, but in the next breath said that she was voting against impeaching Mr Trump, even though all the facts were not yet out. Team Tedra will soon be knocking on your doors, sharing the real scoop on the Tedra we know. Looking forward to meeting everyone.

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