Rep. Owens’ GOP challenger says incumbent not ‘part of the solution’ to shutdown
Essex County Republican congressional candidate Elise Stefanik is criticizing Democrats and Republicans on the shutdown of the federal government over a policy deadlock.
Stefanik is challenging incumbent 21st Congressional District Rep. Bill Owens, a Democrat from Plattsburgh. Former St. Lawrence County Emergency Services Director Joseph Gilbert of DeKalb has also announced he is seeking the nomination of the GOP in the 2014 race.
“Once again, Congress has been shamefully negligent in its responsibility to govern,” Stefanik said in her statement Wednesday. “Democrats and Republicans are engaging in political brinkmanship rather than solving the budgetary crisis of the country at the expense of hardworking families. Enough already.
“Congress continues to kick the can down the road on long-term fiscal responsibilities choosing to engage in political battles over short term stop gap spending bills instead of long-term budget solutions,” she said.
“If Congress can’t get the work done we send them to do, then they shouldn’t get paid -- especially if the government shuts down,” Stefanik said. “If I were in Congress, I would forgo my pay and call on Congressman Owens to do the same.
Stefanik said she favors agreement on funding the government as a means to delaying the Affordable Care Act, repealing the medical device tax, and denying Obamacare exemptions for members of Congress.
Stefanik said the incumbent “continues to point fingers at others to gain political points instead of being a part of the solution.
“Instead, he put his political party before the people of this District and voted to shut down the government,” she charged.
“I am running for Congress to bring new ideas and new leadership to represent voters in New York’s 21st Congressional District who deserve results instead of the tired political theater in Washington.”
Stefanik, a Harvard-educated businesswoman and GOP political operative, was a domestic policy aid to Pres. George W. Bush and worked with several party posts including preparing 2012 vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan for his televisied debates and as policy director for the 2012 Republican National Platform.
At the same time, Stefanik has been employed at Premium Plywood Products since she was hired by company founder Ken Stefanik. She is currently listed on the company web site as a member of the “Sales Team.” She lives in Willsboro.
New York’s 21st Congressional District encompasses an area from Lake Champlain in the east to Lake Ontario in the west, and south to Gloversville and Saratoga Springs.