‘I choose North Country families over Rosie O’Donnell’: Stefanik brushes off Hollywood support for her opponent


New York Rep. Elise Stefanik showed no concern over the outpouring of support from Hollywood for her Democratic opponent.

President Trump praised Stefanik for her lines of questioning in the House’s public impeachment hearings last week, calling her “a new Republican star.” While Republicans lauded Stefanik’s performance, she earned a target on her back from many Democrats.

In the days since, several celebrities urged people to donate to Tedra Cobb, the Democratic candidate opposing Stefanik in 2020.

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This is our candidate to replace that awful Republican woman who is the only woman Republicans have on the House Intelligence Committee. Let’s forget her name and remember @TedraCobb https://t.co/vvBccr3KGx

— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler)
November 18, 2019

During an interview with Townhall, Stefanik brushed off Hollywood’s support for her opponent, claiming she cares more about her upstate New York constituents than she does about tweets from celebrities like Rosie O’Donnell and Chelsea Handler.

“Any day of the week I choose North Country families over Rosie O’Donnell and Chelsea Handler,” Stefanik said.

Between Stefanik’s newfound Republican stardom and Cobb’s celebrity support, there is a lot of money pouring into New York’s 21st District. Stefanik revealed that she raised $250,000 in just 15 minutes following her interview on Hannity on Thursday night. Meanwhile, Cobb had raked in $1 million as of Sunday and is close to matching the $1.5 million she raised for the entirety of her unsuccessful bid against Stefanik in 2018.

Stefanik, 35, beat Cobb by 13.7 points in 2018, and the district voted for Trump over Hillary Clinton by 14 points in 2016. Her seat was listed as a “solid” Republican seat by Cook Political Report as of Nov. 15.

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