During a fundraiser for the American representative Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, on On Tuesday evening, at the seaside resort of Mar-a-Lago in Florida, former President Donald Trump praised Stefanik and reportedly said she could be president in 6 years.
Trump’s event and words are among the strongest signals to date that Stefanik, the 37-year-old GOP House Conference Chair, could be on the shortlist of vice presidential candidates if Trump runs for president in 2024.
Stefanik’s campaign in Congress did not allow speculation on future races, but did confirm the money raised at Tuesday’s event.
“I am proud to report that last night we raised $ 3.2 million with President Trump for our joint efforts to turn the tide and save America,” Stefanik said in a statement.
The New York Post reported that the event was attended by more than 200 people, with guests paying up to $ 25,000 per ticket. The event benefited Stefanik, Trump’s Political Action Committee and other GOP candidates, the Post reported.
The newspaper also reported that Trump had said Stefanik could run for president in 2028.
“I want to congratulate Elise on her success. The man is she going fast. This means that at this rate, she will be president in about 6 years, ”Trump reportedly said.
Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg said that while it was far too early to speculate on what Tuesday night’s event with the former president meant for Stefanik’s future, it bodes well for his run for the future. Congress in 2022.
“I didn’t think about the ’24 race, forget about the ’28 race. I was really more focused on the 22 races. Call me crazy, ”he said.“ Sure, [the Mar-a-Lago fundraiser] will help his balance sheet, and it will help him with his base.
Federal Election Commission documents show that Stefanik’s congressional campaign generated $ 3,501,641.40 in total revenue between Jan. 1, 2021 and Sept. 30, 2021. In contrast, the revenue of Democratic candidate Matthew Putorti was a factor. 10 fewer, with $ 351,599.66 in revenue between June 13, 2021, and September 30, 2021.
Republican leaders in the Stefanik District, which spans northern New York City and includes all of Fulton County and part of Saratoga County, have said they support the MP no matter where her path leads .
“I’ll be behind her all the way,” said Susan McNeil, chair of the Fulton County Republican Committee and NYSGOP North Country regional vice president, who said the fundraiser was an indication of the position of Stefanik in the party.
Stefanik is the third House Republican. “That means the position she is in has the eyes and ears of the people in the positions,” McNeil said. “They know she’s a person of action, know she gets things done, know she’s the kind of Republican we stand up for and stand up for.”
McNeil said she shared Stefanik’s view that the results of the 2020 presidential election are uncertain, despite dozens of legal rulings across the United States determining the results to be credible. Stefanik voted not to certify the 2020 election results and supported a lawsuit to overturn the results.
Saratoga County Republican Committee Chairman Carl Zeilman called Stefanik a “born leader.”
“She’s shown it time and time again here in our district,” Zeilman said. “I’m not surprised that someone like the former president is saying this stuff about Elise Stefanik.”
Zeilman said that if Stefanik were to run for a higher position, he is confident Stefanik would not lose sight of the region.
“It would be very difficult to replace someone like Elise Stefanik, but if there were other opportunities for her it would be great for Saratoga County, great for our district,” he said.
Democratic candidate Putorti said Stefanik’s personal ambition was hurting local residents.
“I have serious concerns when someone else is not interested in serving but is only interested in gaining more personal power. So with [Stefanik], her shift from someone who initially wouldn’t even say Donald Trump’s name to now a shameless Trump loyalist, the only explanation for that is because it serves her and her pursuit of power, ”Putorti said. “What worries me the most is that she seeks her own power while ignoring the people she claims to represent and the needs of this neighborhood. She voted against COVID relief money. She voted against the infrastructure bill, which will repair roads and bridges and expand high-speed internet access.
Stefanik’s senior advisor Alex deGrasse said Stefanik is focusing on voters in upstate New York.
“MP Stefanik is focused on getting results for the working families of NY-21 and maintains historic support. She is running for Congress in upstate New York, where she was continuously elected by a landslide. (Stefanik won with 58.8% of the vote in 2020.)
New York State Congressman Robert Smullen, a Republican who represents the 118th Assembly District, has said he supports Stefanik.
“The MP, she is still in Fulton County. She is always welcome. She enjoys strong and enthusiastic support from the people of Fulton County. That I know for sure, ”said Smullen. “We are proud of [Stefanik] and all that she has accomplished. And, yes, the sky is the limit I guess.
Andrew Waite can be reached at [email protected] and at 518-417-9338. Follow him on Twitter @UpstateWaite.
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