GOP activist and 2010 Gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino has gone after Rep. Elise Stefanik big time, sending out an email seeking primary challengers and calling her a "fraud" and a "RINO". He labeled her "establishment" and said "we" are done with her, without saying who "we" are.
Mr. Paladino has been pressuring upstate GOP Members of Congress to publicly endorse Donald Trump, something Rep. Stefanik has declined to do.
This week former NY 21 candidate Matt Doheny publicly endorsed Mr. Trump in a letter to the WDT editor, and then curiously TV-7 made it into a news story. A former office seeker out of the public eye for some time "endorsing" someone for President is not news normally, and it was probably requested coverage. Don't know if Mr. Paladino's screed the same week is coincidental or not.
A possible challenge in the making ? Yesterday City Council Member Walczyk stopped by to get me to sign a Stefanik petition, so if someone is going to challenge they would need to get started and would need some organization.
There may still be resentment over the 2014 primary in some precincts, but for the most part, people seem to think Rep. Stefanik is a hard working representative for the North Country.
Recently Mayor Butler wrote a letter to the Glens Falls paper in praise of Ms. Stefanik and just two years ago he made a lunch wager against her election prospects, so I don't think any dump Stefanik sentiment extends far beyond Buffalo's most bombastic pol.
Paladino: ‘Anyone interested in primary to defeat Elise Stefanik?’ - Capitol Confidential