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Stefanik and Langworthy in Republican feud

Jun 21, 2022 12:23 pm

Olivia Beavers and Meridith McGraw report for Politico that there is now a full-on feud between Rep. Elise Stefanik and New York's Republican Party Chair Nick Langworthy. Stefanik quickly backed Carl Paladino, who has a history of racist statements, to fill a Buffalo-area Congressional seat. Then Langworthy announced he would run himself for the Congressional seat of resigning Republican Chris Jacobs. Then things got messy. "Langworthy’s political director for the state party restricted fundraising and voter contact data Stefanik’s team could access before the Republican National Committee intervened to restore it, according to one person familiar with the matter. Stefanik’s team suggested the RNC stop sending money to the New York GOP to pay for staff and instead hire New York-based RNC-paid staffers, this person added, insisting on anonymity to address the feud candidly," the story says. National Republicans are saying there is no problem. RNC spokesperson Emma Vaughn said in a statement that the national party committee “has a great partnership with NYGOP Chairman Langworthy and Republican Conference Chair Stefanik." Paladino, who Stefanik is backing, is seen in a 2021 video calling Adolf Hitler “the kind of leader we need.” Redistricting has Stefanik representing Rensselaer County if she is re-elected in November. Read more about this story at Politico.