The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will begin robocalling on Friday in the 21st Congressional District for the first time ahead of the 2016 election.
The call highlights a Post-Star editorial about Rep. Elise Stefanik’s stances at the end of her first year in office to bash the Republican for the House GOP’s votes on Planned Parenthood and Pell Grant funding and to paint her as a Washington insider, as Democrats did during the 2014 election cycle.
“Elise Stefanik might say one thing in upstate New York, but she is cut from the same cloth as the rest of the House Republicans in Washington,” the call states.
Stefanik’s office referred a request for comment to the National Republican Congressional Committee. Spokesman Chris Pack called the call an attempt to distract from Democratic candidate Mike Derrick’s “support of Barack Obama vetoing a bill that provided paychecks and pay raises for Fort Drum soldiers, funding for programs to help victims of sexual assault and education funding for children of military personnel.”
“Luckily, Elise Stefanik worked in a bipartisan fashion to ensure that Mike Derrick and Barack Obama did not get their way,” Pack said.
While Pack aimed his barbs at Derrick, the call is paid for by the DCCC and is not on behalf of any candidate. However, Derrick of Clinton County is the only Democrat who has begun establishing himself as the district’s candidate on the left since announcing his bid in July.
The DCCC got behind Aaron Woolf in 2014, though the Essex County Democrat didn’t jump into the race until March. The DCCC has yet to formally weigh in on Derrick.