Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday endorsed the re-election bid of North Country Rep. Elise Stefanik as she seeks a fifth term this year.
"Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, the Chairwoman of the House GOP, is doing an amazing job for New York! Elise is one of our America First movement's greatest ‘warriors’," Trump said in a statement. "She destroyed Adam "Shifty" Schiff, Corrupt Cuomo, and Wacky Liz Cheney. Now, she’ll represent many more counties–all BIG Trump country– including Montgomery, Rensselaer, Schoharie, Oneida, Oswego, and Otsego in the new NY21 district."
Stefanik has been a prominent supporter for Trump, and was elevated to the House Republican leadership last year.
"I’m humbled and honored to once again have the endorsement of my good friend President Donald J. Trump," Stefanik said. "I’m excited to work to earn a historic victory in New York's 21st Congressional district and for our continued work as one united team to help flip the House, fire Nancy Pelosi, and save America.”
Stefanik has about $3.1 million in cash on hand for her re-election campaign.
Trump also expressed his support for U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney, who will be running in the newly drawn 23rd District, which covers most of the state's Southern Tier.
“Claudia Tenney is a fantastic Representative for the Southern Tier, and a great Member of Congress," Trump said. "She is strong on Crime, securing our Border, the Second Amendment, and will always fight for our wonderful Veterans and our Military. Claudia has my Complete and Total Endorsement. She will continue fighting for our America First agenda in the Southern Tier, Western New York and throughout NY-23!”
Trump visited Fort Drum and Utica in 2018 on behalf of Stefanik and Tenney.
“I am honored to have President Trump’s endorsement," Tenney said. "It was a privilege to serve beside such a consequential leader and work together to make history. We cut taxes for working families, pushed back against the Chinese Communist Party, restored America’s energy independence, and delivered real results for our Upstate Veterans. I am committed to fighting for President Trump’s America First Agenda and Making America Great Again, again."