In an unsurprising move, the Republican chairs in New York’s 21st Congressional District have endorsed Elise Stefanik in her run for the seat Bill Owens will be vacating (h/t @JimmyVielkind on Twitter). Stefanik is a former Republican White House aide who moved to Willsboro in Essex County last year to run against Democrat Bill Owens in the upcoming election. Owens announced last month he won’t be running again.
Still no certain Democratic candidate as of yet to replace Owens, as New York State Assemblywoman Addie Russell now definitely isn’t running; other potentials Randy Douglas and Scott Murphy also got out of the race this week. An endorsement is expected in the next week or so.
Here’s the press release from Stefanik’s campaign (appended to original post, 2:17):
Willsboro, NY – Elise Stefanik’s campaign to represent New York’s 21st Congressional District received the overwhelming endorsement by North Country GOP county committee Chairs today during a full-committee endorsement meeting, sending a strong and significant signal that support for Elise as the strongest candidate in 2014 is united. The endorsement by the GOP county Chairs marks the end of the month-long endorsement process during which candidates were invited to speak in front of each county’s Republican committee and answer questions from committee members. The North Country Chairs endorsed Stefanik with more than 87 percent of the total county committee weighted vote.
“I’m humbled by the endorsement today by the North Country GOP Chairs. It shows our campaign’s message to bring new ideas and new leadership to Washington is resonating throughout Upstate,” Stefanik stated. “But we’re just getting started – I will continue working as hard as I ever have to earn the support of Republicans, Conservatives and Independents across the district to win this seat back. I thank the county Chairs for the time and energy they’ve given during this process, and I thank the hundreds of county committee members who attended endorsement meetings during January to hear from the candidates.”
New York’s 21st Congressional District includes Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Warren and Washington counties, as well as portions of Herkimer and Saratoga counties.