Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., is set to hit $10 million in contributions to her reelection campaign this year, and has become the most-funded Republican in the state, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The congresswoman reported raising more than $1.6 million in the latest quarter that ended last month, which brought her war chest up to $4.4 million in cash on hand, more than any other member of the GOP running in New York, and even more than former Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro raised in 2018. Stefanik’s opponent in the 2020 election, former Saint Lawrence County legislator Tedra Cobb, reported having $2.5 million in cash on hand at the beginning of June.
Stefanik was first elected in 2014 at the age of 30, becoming the youngest woman ever elected to Congress at the time. Her prominence rose in 2019, when she helped lead the House hearings over President Donald Trump’s impeachment. Her questioning of former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch drew praise from Trump, who tweeted a video of her with the comment, “a new Republican star is born.” The congresswoman attended Trump’s recent rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and is a co-chair of his New York reelection organization.
The New York Republican told the Journal that she hasn’t considered running for statewide office, saying she’s focused on her reelection.
“I don’t plan out my life in the long term,” she said. “A good lesson in life is if you do a good job at the responsibilities you’re given, you oftentimes get future opportunities or future encouragement.”
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