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February 9, 2016

Paul Ryan Endorses Candidate in Competitive New York House Race

House Budget Chairman Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin has endorsed Republican Elise Stefanik’s bid to replace retiring Rep. Bill Owens, D-N.Y., in 2014.

“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 in a Wednesday release. “She’s part of a new generation of leaders who will bring fresh ideas to Washington, and she has my full support.”

Stefanik, 29, a former aide to President George W. Bush, announced her challenge to Owens in this upstate New York district over the summer. But Owens announced Tuesday that he would retire, paving the way for a much more competitive race and boosting Stefanik’s chances.

Stefanik, who directed Ryan’s debate prep during 2012, when he was the GOP’s candidate for vice president, could have company in the GOP primary. John James, who played Jeff Colby on the television show “Dynasty,” is eyeing a bid, according to a local report.

Democrats who could run for the seat include former state Agriculture Commissioner Darrel Aubertine, Town of Plattsburgh Supervisor Bernie Bassett and state Assemblywoman Addie Russell.

New York’s 21st District is rated a Tossup by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call. President Barack Obama carried the district by a 6-point margin in 2012.

  • Karen

    I would imagine Paul Ryan endorsement is toxic up in Plattsburgh. Ft. Drum and all its veterans do not consider Paul Ryan their friend. Will Elise continue Paul Ryan’s anti-veteran tactics?

  • MA Political

    There is another announced candidate in the race that is polling very well named Joe Gilbert. You can find his website @

  • Gregory Williams

    You created a LOG ON just to spam that on here – why did you waste time on an avatar?

  • MA Political

    Because if they are going to write a story, the least they can do is make it accurate.

  • Gregory Williams

    Considering how badly Lyin’ Ryan did in that debate he should have thought long and hard before making what will be an endorsement for a loser… then again he is a perfect conservative pseudo intellectual and may not know better.

  • Gregory Williams

    Then use your real name and call them out for an error PLUS if you click on her name (above) you could have told her (through her contact information) that and gotten an update “added” to that in the text of the piece … where it would carry more weight than your spamming for him on the comment board.

    But what the hey – you are obviously a proud RWNJ who is not smart enough to seek more legitimacy for your RWNJ candidate being mentioned in a piece that could have been used in his “MENTIONED in the press” portion of his web site… if he is smart enough to have such there where it might matter.

    Yes I looked at his site and read his opening statement of conservative spew – if you know the guy maybe you should point out to him that NY state is rejecting the extremist conservative hard liners and he should not be so reliant upon bagger spew and DOGMA if he wants to get elected in that state… a moderate republican stands a better chance with republicans & democrats in that district.

  • Barry Mole

    Ryan is a pro-amnesty RINO.

  • Barry Mole

    Ryan is no conservative but you are an idiot like Joe Biden. Hopefully Ryan loses in his primary. Ryan is a pro-amnesty piece of sh*t.

  • Gregory Williams

    Clearly you hate immigrants and it may go way beyond that into being a purist cult conservative with all the hate fueled ideological imperatives of such a person … after a quick review of your comment history I can safely say you are an ODS fueled racist toad of the conservative cult … not even access to OBAMACARE can help you.

    In the future please direct your comments elsewhere, this veteran is not interested in your messages of hate and obstruction.

  • Layla

    Ryan has no ethics. He doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

  • Layla

    I second that.

  • Layla

    Really? 92 million Americans without jobs and you think we need to legalize millions of law breakers? WHY????

    I don’t hate immigrants, I have them in my family. They came here LEGALLY.

    With 92 millions Americans out of jobs because of this administration, this Congress, I really don’t care what your opinion is.

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