Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is endorsing NY21 Republican Congressional candidate Elise Stefanik (Glens Falls Post-Star; and Stefanik’s response). Stefanik is facing Matt Doheny in a primary for the Republican nomination in the race. Stefanik has the Conservative Party nomination; Doheny has the Independence Party nomination. The first debate between Stefanik and Doheny is tonight (watch it on Time Warner Cable News, formerly YNN, or follow it live on Twitter @ncpr) with the primary on Tuesday, June 24.
It’s not a huge surprise that Romney, who’s weighing in on races all across the country (Roll Call), would endorse Stefanik: She was a staffer for his vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan, who endorsed her back in January and who’ll be appearing at a fundraising dinner for Stefanik on June 2 in Watertown. In a press release, Romney said Stefanik “understands the needs of small businesses and how to grow the local economy. She is a person of integrity. Every campaign is different, but values don’t change.”
Here’s some more recent information on the candidates and the race. So, what do you think? Is this going to make a difference for Stefanik?