PLATTSBURGH — Tedra Cobb, Democratic candidate for New York's 21st Congressional District, announced Wednesday that she has earned the endorsement of the district's 12 Democratic party chairs.

'I am proud to have earned the support of the county chairs," Cobb said in a statement.

"To fight for affordable health care, protect people with pre-existing conditions and preserve Medicare and Social Security, we must elect new leadership."

She claimed incumbent Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-Schuylerville) has shown those issues are not her priority.

"I look forward to working with the counties and their committees to build upon our momentum to win this seat in November."

PRIMARY NOT EXPECTED

"Tedra Cobb’s determined, measured voice, coupled with her tenacity and demonstrated hard work for the constituents of NY-21 has earned our support and commitment," the chairs wrote in a joint letter to Cobb's campaign dated Nov. 25.

"We proudly join Tedra Cobb on her pathway to victory this November." 

Jerry Marking and Maggie Bartley, chairs of the Clinton and Essex county Democratic committees, respectively, both said they do not anticipate there will be a primary for their party's nomination.

Neither had heard about or from anyone else interested in running.

That contrasts with the 2018 Democratic primary, which saw five candidates on the ballot.

According to Ballotpedia, Cobb earned 55.7 percent of the vote, with the runner-up, Katie Wilson, earning 12.1 percent.

Cobb's huge margin of victory sent the message that she was the strongest candidate, Bartley said.

"And she’s certainly been working on it ever since, so we’re all behind her and hope she wins. She’s our candidate.”

HIGHER PERCENTAGE

On Cobb's merits as a candidate, Marking pointed to her experience on the St. Lawrence County legislature and in the 2018 campaign.

Bartley added that, even though she did not win in 2018, Cobb earned a higher percentage than the previous two Democratic candidates who went up against Stefanik.

"It showed that she was way ahead in terms of her organization and just her strength in running a campaign."

Marking has worked with Cobb since her last campaign and wishes her well.

"I think she’s going to pull it off this time."

ALCIVAR RESPONSE

Asked for comment on the committee chairs' endorsement, Stefanik campaign spokesman Lenny Alcivar questioned Cobb's record on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the deal to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

He also claimed that fellow Democrats were complaining about Cobb's stance on impeachment.

In the wake of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's announcement that the White House and House Democrats had reached an agreement on the USMCA, Cobb said Tuesday that she was glad the lawmakers had broken their political gridlock.

“The USMCA will improve environmental and labor standards, as well as put American workers on a level playing field,” she added.

Cobb did not say whether or not she agreed with the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump announced Tuesday, but said Congress has a Constitutional duty to weigh all the facts and evidence and vote based on those alone 

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