WASHINGTON, D.C. — While U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., is offering a politically progressive campaign for president, another Capital Region female politician is also raising her national profile.
U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylverville, will launch E-PAC on Thursday. It is a political action committee that will focus on getting more Republican women elected to office. The event will also be a fundraiser for the PAC.
An event at the Samsung Solutions Center will feature Stefanik, who represents the North Country’s 21st Congressional District, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-California; House Republican Whip Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana; Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney, R-Wyoming, and National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Emmer, R-Minnesota.
Stefanik has become outspoken on the issue since Republican women lost 10 seats in the House of Representatives in November, leaving only 13 GOP women in the House, even as Democratic women won in historic numbers.
“We have to take the time to do a deep dive and get to the why,” Stefanik told the New York Times in December. “This is not a time to stick our heads in the sand.”
She added: “When you have setbacks, it’s important to take note of that and learn the lessons and try to improve moving forward.”
A political action committee could raise money and use it to help finance the campaigns of Republican women. Thursday’s event will run from 1 to 6 p.m., with panel discussions. Stefanik is to speak to both open and close the event.
“The goal of this initiative is to elect more Republican women to Congress in the 2020 election cycle and beyond,” states an invitation. “This event will feature House Republican leadership, research and data experts, political operatives, former female candidates and others to discuss actionable steps the party will take to get more Republican women elected.”
Stefanik has also broken with most of the Congressional GOP in recent weeks in supporting House Democratic legislation to reopen the federal government, where some departments have either been closed or workers have been forced to work without pay for nearly four weeks.
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