A Republican legislator who recently shot to national stardom for running circles around Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) is set to join the president’s re-election campaign.
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) was named an honorary state chair for Trump’s New York campaign, Fox News reported.
Stefanik caught the attention of the president, who dubbed her a “rising star,” for the heated exchanges she had with Schiff during the House impeachment hearings.
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The GOP lawmaker was named alongside five other Republicans, including three additional members of the House of Representatives, to help re-elect Trump in New York and boost statewide and local Republican candidates. Stefanik said she was grateful for the position and lavished praise on the president’s agenda.
“I’m honored to have been chosen as a New York State chair for the Trump campaign in 2020,” she said Wednesday, according to Fox. “President Trump’s agenda of creating jobs, strengthening our military, securing our borders, negotiating better trade deals and lowering crime rates has historic support in the 21st Congressional District and across Upstate New York.”
Stefanik represents the Trump-friendly 21st Congressional District in upstate New York, which she carried with over 65% of the vote in 2016.
Although she is a Republican moderate when it comes to policy, Stefanik became known as one of Trump’s most vocal defenders when she sparred with Schiff, the House Intelligence Committee chairman, in public impeachment hearings last year.
“This is the fifth time you have interrupted a duly-elected member of Congress,” Stefanik told Schiff in a particularly testy moment.
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Stefanik’s notoriety launched her re-election into a marquee race, with Stefanik and Democratic challenger Tedra Cobb drawing millions of dollars in fundraising. Another staunch defender of Trump, Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) of Long Island, was chosen to serve on the state campaign.
Zeldin was an early backer of Trump in 2016, and he has been described by Republican allies as a tireless and astute defender of the president. Long Island Rep. Peter King (R-NY), a one-time Trump critic who is retiring, was also selected, along with Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) of upstate New York, New York City Councilman Joe Borelli, and Dutchess County Sheriff Butch Anderson.
“Our New York Trump Victory leadership team will work to elect Republicans across the state,” said Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale. “President Trump has delivered a soaring economy, rebalanced trade relations, lowered healthcare costs, and fought to secure our border. His successes can be felt nationwide and electing Republicans across New York will help to ensure he can achieve more victories for the American people for many years to come.”
The House officially delivered impeachment articles to the Senate this week, setting the stage for Trump’s trial. Schiff will play a significant role as an impeachment manager — essentially a prosecutor — for the Democrats’ case against the president, but Republican members of the House are now essentially finished with impeachment-related tasks.