2012 GOP VP candidate Ryan endorses Stefanik in 21st Congressional District
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 3:09 pm

The North Country woman who helped prepare the 2012 Republican candidate for vice president for televised debates has his endorsement in her run for Congress.

Elise Stefanik of Willsboro has support in her race from Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

Ryan, the chair of the House Budget Committee, has released a statement to that effect.

“My friend Elise Stefanik is running for Congress to fight for hardworking families in upstate New York. She’s got the values and the work ethic to get the job done,” Ryan said. “She’s part of a new generation of leaders who will bring fresh ideas to Washington, and she has my full support.”

Stefanik, one of three announced Republican candidates for the North Country’s huge 21st Congressional District, was a political aide in Ryan’s campaign for vice-president before returning to Willsboro to help run the family plywood business. Among Stefanik’s Washington jobs was, in a losing effort, helping to prepare Ryan for televised campaign debates in 2012.

“I’m proud to have the support of my friend Paul Ryan. He’s been a thoughtful and vocal leader in Washington to solve problems, and has worked hard towards getting our nation’s spending under control and our budget balanced. Fiscal responsibility and growing our economy in the North Country are top priorities for my campaign,” Stefanik said.

She is the consensus front-runner over two other Republicans running to succeed Plattsburgh Democrat Bill Owens, who announced this week he will not seek another term as the North Country representative in Congress

The other Republicans are former St. Lawrence County Emergency Services Director Joseph Gilbert and Michael Ring of Adams Center.

“We are in a great position to win this seat back and bring new ideas and new leadership to the 21st Congressional District,” Stefanik said after Owens made his announcement.