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Audio Feature: WGXC Congressional Report

Mar 14, 2023 5:03 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.

WWNY reports that Rep. Elise Stefanik endorsed Donald Trump for president in 2024 March 4 at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Stefanik said, “We see past the left’s politics of personal destruction, we have exposed the corrupt and complicit mainstream media, and we must take our country back in 2024 by re-electing President Donald J. Trump." On the night after a riotous mob attempted to overthrow the U.S. government, Stefanik voted against certifying the fair election results of the 2020 election, attempting to make Trump president against the will of the electorate. Stefanik represents the 21st Congressional District in New York, which now includes Rensselaer County. Read more about this story at the WWNY website.

Emily Russell reports for North Country Public Radio that Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik spoke last week at the Conservative Political Action Convention, and attacked law enforcement, making three false claims about the FBI and the Department of Justice. Stefanik said, “America is seeing Joe Biden’s corrupt DOJ and FBI fully weaponized as they label parents domestic terrorists," even though the Justice Department said it’s never used that term to describe parents. In reality, the term ‘domestic terrorists’ was used in a letter written by the nonprofit National School Board Association to the DOJ, but federal officials did not use that term. Stefanik also falsely claimed that the DOJ and FBI, "conducted an unprecedented and illegal raid on President [Donald] Trump’s home." In fact, the search of Trump's Florida resort was legally authorized by a federal judge. Finally, Stefanik also falsely claimed that the FBI, "illegally paid Twitter $3 million to suppress stories, such as the Hunter Biden laptop story, all for the political benefit and purpose of electing Democrats.” USA Today reported that the FBI did pay Twitter $3.4 million, but it was for records requests, not to suppress stories on the social media site. Read the full story at the North Country Public Radio website.

On Wed., March 15 Rep. Marc Molinaro holds a town hall-type meeting in Ulster County at 11 a.m. at the Cedar Grove Fire House, at 4 Mower Mill Rd., in Saugerties. WGXC should be there with a live webstream at wgxc.org/listen. Molinaro has also recently held town hall-type meetings in Greene and Columbia counties, though with little advance notice, and no live webstreams. Molinaro, a Republican, began representing the 19th Congressional District in January.

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