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We think we know Elise Stefanik as that “fresh face” running for Congress. Or that “nice girl” with noble ambitions. What do we really know about her?

Well, let’s see. She had a lot of experience in Washington working for George Bush. That means she must have known Karl Rove and Dick Cheney, too.

We know that she ran a dirty campaign against Matt Doheney. While she presented herself as a fresh face, Karl Rove and his new partner, Paul Singer, threw as much mud as they could find to destroy Matt Doheny and outspent him to do it.

But the thing I realized was this is just how the Bush White House used to work and how most Americans came to hate it. Karl Rove worked behind the scenes while “W” did the public thing. And the same is happening in the design of the Stefanik campaign. While Stefanik is never seen endorsing the attack ads, it does not mean she does not want them as part of her campaign.

But do you want someone who operates like this? Do you want another office run by someone using the “Bush White House” way of doing things? Elise Stefanik is deceiving us.

Is this out of control or panic? No, what I feel is outrage at Rove trying once again to manipulate Americans with dirty tactics. Don’t put another Rove/Cheney/Bush crony as Elise Stefanik into office representing us. You will be sorry if you do.

Doug Anderson

Watertown

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