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Molinaro, Stefanik part of far-right Republican group

Jan 23, 2023 12:45 pm

Heidi Przybyla, Julia Marsh, and Jessica Piper report for Politico that the New York Young Republican Club "has feted and supported a roster of relatively extreme figures," and that Marc Molinaro and Elise Stefanik, who represent local Congressional Districts, are members. The group, Politico reports, "has closely aligned itself with former Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon and “Pizzagate” conspiracist Jack Posobiec." The New York Young Republican Club recently endorsed Hungary’s autocratic leader, Viktor Orbán, and have backed other authoritarian leaders. The club’s president, Gavin Wax, donated $500 to the joint fundraising committee of repeated liar George Santos, who was elected to Congress from Long Island last fall. Wax admits that not everyone will care for the group that includes Molinaro and Stefanik. “If you believe the Trump wing is racist, then there’s nothing we can do,” Wax said. “They’re big names in the conservative right wing of the party. If that’s the new level of controversy then, sure, we’re controversial.” Of the group's backing of authoritarian leaders around the world, Wax said: “We reject the premise and narrative that these parties are beyond the pale and outside of polite society.” Molinaro, who represents the 19th Congressional District, ran as a moderate, but, so far, has voted with conservatives, hired far-right staff, and is a member of the New York Young Republican Club. Read more about this story in Politico.

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