21st CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT — U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, whose district covers the state’s North Country, reportedly will be spending the weekend at Camp David with President Donald Trump and a handful of other Republican members of Congress who have been vocal defenders of Trump.
Politico reported that Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, will be going to Camp David along with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, and GOP representatives Dan Crenshaw of Texas, Matt Gaetz of Florida, Devin Nunes of California, Jim Jordan of Ohio, and Lee Zeldin from Long Island.
All of those members of Congress, like Stefanik, have been outspoken in defense of Trump, particularly during Trump’s impeachment on charges he tried to demand a political favor from the Ukranian government last summer. Stefanik’s pointed questioning of witnesses during the House Intelligence Committee impeachment hearings earned her praise from Trump and appearances in conservative media outlets.
During the impeachment hearings and since, Trump has praised Stefanik, who is seeking her fourth two-year term this fall, both publicly and on Twitter. She has also been honorary co-chair of Trump’s re-election committee in New York state, and she was appointed several weeks ago to Trump’s advisory committee on re-opening the economy.
Stefanik’s Democrartic opponent, Tedra Cobb, has been able to use Stefanik’s higher profile to raise money from fellow Democrats for her challenge, with $2.9 million raised. Stefanik, however, has raised more than $4 million, according to each candidates’ most recent federal campaign filings.
Stefanik’s office did not respond to a request to confirm that she would be going to Camp David with the other members of Congress.
Trump has made far less use of the Maryland mountain retreat than his predecessors, but travel restrictions during the pandemic have caused him not to travel to his Mar-A-Lago Florida resort, where he has often spent winter weekends.