Stefanik's name floated as possible VP for Trump
Callie Patteson reports in the New York Post that Rep. Elise Stefanik currently represents the North Country, and her district moves slightly to include Rensselaer County beginning next year. But after that, political analysts are floating several possibilities for Stefanik. A year ago Stefanik, a Republican, became the third-ranking House Republican, replacing Liz Cheney who truthfully said Joe Biden was elected president. Presumably, as third in line, if Republicans take the House majority in the November elections, Stefanik would become majority whip. But last week the Washington Examiner reported that Stefanik is leaning against seeking the whip position. That might be because of competition for that position from Chief Deputy Whip Drew Ferguson and Republican Study Committee Chair Jim Banks. Others are guessing that Stefanik could end up as Donald Trump's running mate if he launches another bid for the presidency. “There is a part of Trump who thinks he needs a female VP,” a Trump adviser told CNN this week. “He definitely likes her, likely because of how effusive she is to him.” Trump communications director Taylor Budowich said this week, “Elise is a well-known fighter for her district and knows how to communicate our America First message on offense and win.” Last October, Stefanik even commented on working for Trump. “If President Trump is reelected president I think it would be an honor to serve in his administration,” she said. “I hope he runs, I will continue doing the best job I can serving my district and serving as conference chair — and being the best mom I can be to Sam [her infant son].” Read more about this story in the New York Post.