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Audio Feature: WGXC Congressional Report

Jul 30, 2023 7:03 pm

Here is this week's WGXC Congressional Report, tracking the votes, statements, positions, and campaigns of the representatives and candidates for the 18th, 19th, 20th, and 21st Congressional seats in New York. Democrat Pat Ryan is representing the 18th Congressional District, Republican Marc Molinaro represents the 19th Congressional District, Democrat Rep. Paul Tonko represents the 20th District, and Republican Elise Stefanik represents the 21st District. Click here to listen to this report.

Amanda Salazar reports for City and State that New York's Republican primary for president is not until April 30, 2024, but two Republican Congressional representatives in the state have already endorsed their picks. Long Island’s George Santos, accused of all sorts of lies, and the North Country’s Elise Stefanik have both endorsed former president Donald Trump in the 2024 presidential election. The publication surveyed the rest of the Republican New York Congressional delegation, including Marc Molinaro, but they declined to endorse anyone this early in the process. Trump, already indicted in two cases and expecting a third imminent indictment, could be at trial or in jail by the time the primary date approaches. Republican strategist William O’Reilly said, “There’s no benefit whatsoever to endorsing Donald Trump early, and I would expect most Republican members from New York to keep their powder dry as long as humanly possible.... Trump is without doubt the prohibitive favorite in the primary as of today, but there’s an awful lot of time between now and then. I’d expect most endorsements to come just days or weeks before the New York presidential primary next year.” Read the full story in City and State.

Fox News reports that Rep. Elise Stefanik is all in on impeaching President Joe Biden. Stefanik said, "Oh, absolutely. I'm in conversations with Speaker McCarthy and all of our members. The important thing to know about an impeachment inquiry is that ensures that the House is at the apex of its power and oversight responsibility. It means that our subpoenas have the most power possible when it comes to litigating this out in court because we know getting the facts is not going to be easy." Her comments say what impeachment would do for House Republicans, not what Biden did that deserves being impeached. On that issue, she only said something about, "illegal money laundering, the fact that nearly 20 Biden family members have profited illegally." Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said this week that he may consider an impeachment inquiry of Biden over claims of financial misconduct. Stefanik, also a Republican, represents the 21st Congressional District, including Rensselaer County. Other Hudson Valley representatives have not joined calls to impeach Biden. Read more about this story at the Fox News website.

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