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Ads don’t detract from support for Stefanik

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I truly admire Elise Stefanik’s strength and determination to run for office in an area where the Republican Party is split in two and where as my grandmother would say, “The pot is calling the kettle black.” For those who have never heard this euphemism, it means that the criticism a person is making of another could equally apply to themselves.

I am referring to the June 13 letter in the Watertown Daily Times titled “Establishment backs Stefanik with dirty tricks.” The author was upset (as I was) with Washington’s use of negative advertisements about Matt Doheny, in turn favoring Ms. Stefanik. I thought what irony.

Does anyone remember the last three elections? An affiliated group wrote disgusting ads against Doug Hoffman and Bill Owens to help give Mr. Doheny an edge. Have you seen Mr. Doheny’s current TV advertisement against Ms. Stefanik?

The progression of information I received started with a Doheny’s campaign ad that included his beautiful family on the front cover and a false, mean-spirited ad about Elise Stefanik on the back. Two days later, Karl Rove’s negative commercial appeared on TV.

I have to say that I also was disappointed with that. It did not, however, destroy my belief in Elise Stefanik as the best candidate.

I remember the last three elections as well as a recent conversation about the letter with a staunch Doheny supporter. He said, “That’s politics, Toni; get used to it. If you can’t handle it, get out of politics.” Too many people have opted out of voting because of these kinds of remarks.

In conclusion, I believe the end of the letter should have said: We need honest people in Washington, younger members of Congress with term limits, jobs and informed people who will speak up for the needs and concerns for their constituents especially when it’s difficult, Stop abortion as it has killed too many lives that could have helped, and to wake up and not be fooled by false claims.

Vote for Elise Stefanik because she wants the best for us.

Toni Leone


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